The Christmas Fayre in Bury St Edmunds takes place at the end of the month with organisers expecting this year’s event to be the best so far.
For the first time, this year’s fayre will include a market on the Friday as well as the regular Saturday market, and a farmer’s market on the Sunday.
Details of the fayre were revealed at a launch event held at The Brewery Tap in Bury last night.
“It’s our ninth annual Christmas fayre. Every year its gets better – we know that because everyone tells us so,” said tourism officer Sharon Fairweather, one of the main organisers of the event.
The annual fayre attracts coach loads of tourist from far and wide and is seen as a massive boost to the shops in the town.
“Every year there is something different happing. Everybody gets behind it, everybody wants to be a part of it. It’s brilliant,” Sharon said.
“There are lots of these events around the country but ours has still got that something special. Everyday in the tourist information office, somebody mentions Christmas, whether its June, January or December. We always joke wouldn’t it be nice if one day we didn’t mention it.”
She said that this year’s fayre had already been boosted by an influx or volunteers wanting to help out, something she attributed to the number of people giving up their time to help with other events earlier this year such as the Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Stall holders will be decorating their stands on the market while their will be musical entertainment including buskers, while the Abbey Gardens will include Santa in his grotto, reindeer, amusements and an old penny arcade.
The Santa run for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices will feature on the Sunday.
St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Rob Everitt who is in charge of the event said the impact of the Christmas Fayre is felt in the town the whole year round.
“I often walk up Abbeygate Street and its packed, and I am sure it is in part on the back of the Christmas fayre. People come to Bury see it is a wonderful place – and so they come back.”
Greene King and Music Sales in Bury are the main sponsors of the fayre with each paying for entertainment stands.
John Bexon, head brewer for Greene King said: “Lets hope we have another succesful, friendly and enjoyable year.”
The Christmas Fayre takes place from November 23 to November 25.
More details on the fayre are available at www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk