Children from St Edmunds Primary School and St Benedict’s Lower School have been doing some creative puppet making ready for the opening of the spectacular Christmas Fayre in Bury St Edmunds this afternoon.
The pupils worked together with artist Madeleine Roberts to create a giant puppets three to four metres tall, along with smaller artworks on the theme of Christmas Angels.
These will be paraded through the town by local schoolchildren, from The Apex to Angel Hill to herald three days of seasonal shopping and music.
The 13th annual Christmas Fayre, which attracts thousands of people to the town and benefits the local economy in a three day festive spend, begins at 2pm today.
As well as stalls of every kind, stretching from the arc to the Abbey Gardens, where there is a firework display at 7.45pm tonight, the the streets will be alive with local talent, children’s activities and street entertainers.
Santa is also setting up his grotto in the Abbey Gardens, with his reindeer parked outside,
A new feature is cookery demonstrations in the Cathedral Courtyard, beginning with Scott Taylor from Rougham’s ICE cookshop and school, tomorrow at 11am.
Other new features for 2016 include entertainment in St Johns Street and lots of child friendly activities provided by St Edmundsbaby in Langton Place off Hatter Street.
As usual, the Greene King stage on Angel Hill and the MusicSales stage in the arc host four days of varied musical entertainment.
If you live in the town you are urged to visit the fayre on foot or by bicycle.
There is free cycle storage at the Bus Station in St Andrews St North, with free hot drinks and a free bike check by Mick’s Cycles.
If you must come by car, the easy way is to use the park and ride just of the A14 at Saxham Business Park (IP28 6RX). But there is also ‘park and walk’ at West Suffolk College for £2 on Saturday and Sunday only and in Olding Road for free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Greene King is offering parking at £5 on its Cullum Road site on Saturday and Sunday and parking will also be available at Bury Rugby Club on Saturday.