Organisers of the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre are encouraging visitors to cycle or walk to the event - in a bid to cut down on car use.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council has joined forces with Maglia Rosso cycle shop, in Hawstead, to offer free cycle storage at the Cornhill Walk shopping centre during the four day fayre. Those who use the facilities will receive a free hot drink and children will get a free gift.
The event, from November 26 to 29, is one of the town’s biggest money spinners with last year’s generating more than £750,000 for the local economy and attracting 120,000 visitors.
Cllr Robert Everitt, the council’s cabinet member for families and communities, said: “It is great to see children and adults alike enjoying the festive spectacle while the fayre also provides a huge economic boost to our town centre businesses as well.
“There will be some inevitable traffic disruption, but I hope we have made it even easier to enjoy the fayre this year by including the chance to cycle in as well as more park and walk options.”
A 1,000 space park and ride service will run from Claas UK, off the A14, from Friday to Sunday.
Greene King is also making its Cullum Road car park available for the Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, visitors can park and walk from Bury Rugby Club car park which will be open Saturday only.
The council’s car park at Olding Road and Western Way as well as West Suffolk College’s car park will be available on the Saturday and Sunday.
All the fun of the festive fayre:
The fayre features more than 300 stalls which are trading from nine different town centre locations including the Abbey Gardens, traditional European stalls on Angel Hill and Moyse’s Hall Museum.
Children can enjoy a traditional funfair alongside other games and rides. There will be street entertainers and a traditional town crier.
Reindeer can be found in the Abbey Gardens, carols and other musical entertainment from two stages on Angel Hill and Charter Square and traditional carol services at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
The event opens with a local evening from 4pm on Thursday, November 26 starting with a children’s parade and a firework finale in the Abbey Gardens.