Bury St Edmunds’ annual Christmas Fayre starts today at 4pm, giving locals the chance to explore the stalls before the weekend rush.
More than 300 stalls are booked for the event, which is also on all day tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.
Whether you are looking for chocolates, cheeses or that quirky present for someone difficult to buy for, the fayre should offer an option.
Most stalls are from East Anglia and Bury’s popular and respected Saturday provisions market will also be held on Friday and Sunday, with the addition of a farmers’ market on the Sunday.
Entertainments range from school choirs to professional rock groups on stages in the arc and on Angel Hill.
If you want to sing yourself, St Edmundsbury Cathedral has shoppers’ carols on Friday and Saturday at 12.30 and 2.30pm.
There will be fireworks in the Abbey Gardens this evening at 7.45pm.
With the fayre attracting 120,000 visitors, the roads will be busy, but if you want to cycle in , for the first time St Edmundsbury Council has joined with Hawstead’s Maglia Rosso cycle shop to offer free bike storage at Cornhill Walk shopping centre.
Additional car parking is available on Saturday and Sunday at West Suffolk College, Greene King’s Cullum Road car park and council’s car park at Olding Road and Western Way. Park and ride will run from Claas UK, off the A14 at Saxham, from Friday to Sunday and the Bury Rugby Club will be available on Saturday.
For full fayre details visit www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk
Tea cards tell the Christian tale
Two sets of tea cards with Christian themes will be launched by Moreton Hall coffee roasters and tea blenders Butterworth & Son at the Christmas Fayre.
The company has been putting collectable cards in its teas since 1993 and on Friday and Saturday will launch a series called ‘Our Christian Heritage’ at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
It comprises 20 paintings by local artists Geoff Pleasance showing biblical incidents. Original card artwork will be on view.
The cathedral’s sub dean Canon Matthew Vernon assisted with the modern texts on the cards.
At the same time, the company is launching a series on Suffolk Churches. They echo cigarette cards issued 100 years ago, but all the churches have been re-photographed and the descriptions updated.