Countdown to Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre begins

Mark Westley Photography'Launch of the Cgristmas Fayre programme, St Edmundsbury Bourough Council cabinet members, John Griffiths, Patrick Chung, Peter Stevens and Sara Mildmay-White. ANL-141029-173359009
Mark Westley Photography'Launch of the Cgristmas Fayre programme, St Edmundsbury Bourough Council cabinet members, John Griffiths, Patrick Chung, Peter Stevens and Sara Mildmay-White. ANL-141029-173359009
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The countdown to Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre begins with a month to go until the festive extravaganza.

The four-day event, the biggest event in the town’s calendar, attracting thousands of people from across the country, kicks off on November 27 with an opening night specifically for local residents.

It continues throughout the Friday to Sunday with more than 300 Christmas market stalls across eight town centre locations.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of OurBuryStEdmunds, said the fayre provides a boost for shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels and other town centre businesses.

The opening night includes half price fairground rides and a children’s parade from the Music Sales stage in the arc.

The annual East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices carol concert is in the cathedral at 6pm and the Wattisham Military Wives Choir will perform on the Greene King stage, on Angel Hill from 7pm. There will be free parking from 3pm and the opening will draw to a close with a fireworks display in the Abbey Gardens.

Throughout the rest of the fayre there will be music on the two stages and Santa will be in his Grotto in the Abbey Gardens from noon on Friday.

Cllr Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure, said other highlights include fun fair rides, face painting, street entertainers, a Christmas bazaar in the cathedral, water walkers, a snow dome, a climbing wall and a Dr Who exhibition.

Prizes are being offered to people who take a selfie of themselves and their teddy at the fayre. They need to post it on twitter using the hashtag #Fayre-Bear. Visit burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk