This year’s Christman Fayre will enjoy an extra day when there will be music and stalls on the Thursday ahead of the usual three day extravaganza of seasonal shopping, music and entertainment.
On Thursday November 28 there will be a special parade headed by a jazz band whereby children will carry their own made Christmas puppets and stars from the Music Sales stage in the arc down to Angel Hill.
The Denny Brothers Christmas Parade will feature pupils from Hardwick Primary, Hardwick Middle and Westley Middle Schools but other youngsters can also be involved making their own stars at the Apex foyer between 3.30pm and 5pm ahead of the parade at 5.30pm. The parade will be led by Big Al and his Jazz Band.
Music will be playing throughout the weekend with home grown talent ranging from classical jazz and pop. On the Thursday evening it will be the Robbie Gladwell Band at the Greene King Stage on Angel Hill and The Lost Socks at the Music Sales stage.
This is the event’s 10th year and throughout the town there will be stalls galore, carols in the cathedral, street entertainers.Morris dancers and a children’s mini farm on the Sunday.
Santa will be appearing in his grotto in the Abbey Gardens along with Santa’s reindeer and there ar5e side shows, circus skills and free drop in workshops for children who can make their own Christmas cracker to take home. The Poz Magic show will also be entertaining there along with Desmond the Donkey.
The regular street market will be staged on the three full days in the Butter Market and this year the East Anglian’s Children’s Hospices will be holding their Christmas Carol Concert on the Thursday at St Edmundsbury Cathedral between 6pm and 7pm featuring carols from local schoolchildren and the cathedral choristrers.
There will be Park and Ride for visitors with 1,000 spaces at Claas UK on the Saxham Industrial Estate and there is also parking at Greene King off Cullum Road on the Saturday and Sunday costing £5 a day.
Sharon Fairweather, Tourism Officer, said: “We hope the extra day will benefit the local community with as many shops open as possible and people can enjoy shopping without huge numbers of visitors. We have some new editions and some old favourites and hope we have some good weather.”
For more go to www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk