Christmas to come a day early in Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2012  Pictured: Pictured: Hannah Sumner (4) enjoying the Carousel
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2012 Pictured: Pictured: Hannah Sumner (4) enjoying the Carousel
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The tenth annual Christmas Fayre in Bury St Edmunds will open late next month with an extra evening of events.

The extra evening on November 28, will see free refreshments, fairground rides, late night shopping, free parking, and hundreds of stalls – all from 4pm.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2012  Pictured: Elizabeth I, a Victorian Gentlemen and Queen Victoria walking around the Abbey gardens

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2012 Pictured: Elizabeth I, a Victorian Gentlemen and Queen Victoria walking around the Abbey gardens

The Christmas Fayre will then continue through to December 1 and is expected to attract around 100,000 visitors from all over the country.

For the first time a 1,000 cars park and ride service will run from CLAAS off the A14 at Saxham.

Mulleys will be running buses from the CLAAS site to St Mary’s Church every 15 minutes. Park and ride will cost £5 per vehicle.

There will be a series of roads and car park closures in the run up to and during the fayre.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2012  Pictured: Angel Hill

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2012 Pictured: Angel Hill

It starts with the closure of Angel Hill car park on November 26 at 6pm.

Angel Hill, Angel Lane, High Baxter Street, Lower Baxter Street, and Chequer Square will all be affected over the following days.

Angel Hill is closed to traffic from 6pm on November 27 while Hatter Street and High Baxter Street will close to through traffic from midday the same day, although residents and businesses will still have access.

At 3pm on November 28, Lower Baxter Street and Angel Lane will be closed to through traffic, and the one way direction in Angel Lane will change to allow access for residents and the Angel Hotel from its Churchgate Street end.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2012  Pictured: Angel Hill at night

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2012 Pictured: Angel Hill at night

Parking in Chequer Square will be suspended from 8am on November 29 and displaced residents parking permit holders will be contacted with offers of free parking in nearby long stay car parks.

They will be able to return to park overnight, after 8pm, but they need to be off again by 8am the following morning, until Sunday night.

Parking in the limited waiting bays on Honey Hill and Crown Street will be suspended for use by buses and coaches.

All streets will reopen by 10pm on Sunday.

The Christmas Lights Switch on in Bury is on November 21.

For more details visit www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk