IT may only be the start of autumn, but garden centre staff at Webbs, Wychbold are looking for the perfect person to help bring the magic of Christmas to customers.

With the festive season a few months away the search is on early to find the ideal figure to fill the Father Christmas suit at the award-winning garden centre's grotto.

The unusual job description includes being warm and friendly, prepared for unexpected questions and loving the magic of the festive season.

Executive chairman Ed Webb said: “White hair, a beard and a large belly are not essential but a hearty laugh and jolly personality will make all the difference. Children and families love the festive time at Webbs and meeting Father Christmas is the icing on the cake for most youngsters. It’s a magical time and our Father Christmas needs to match the figure of their dreams and make sure they have a memorable and enchanting time. A full outfit will of course be provided. ”

Webbs welcomes thousands of visitors to meet Father Christmas and his elves in his grotto from Saturday, November 15. For more details email or contact HR on 01527 860011 or go to the website