BURY ST EDMUNDS is expecting thousands to pour into the town for what is its biggest retail weekend as the Bury Christmas Fayre begins today.
There will be a host of stalls throughout the town and temporary park and ride facilities to cope with the crowds who will be looking to snap up Christmas gifts and soak up the seasonal atmosphere.
Sunday also sees the annual Santa Run organised by East Anglia’s Childen’s Hospices (Each) where hundreds of people don Santa suits and raise vital funds for the work of the charity by running from the arc through the town and back.
The event starts at 10.30am. Register to take part at 9.30am. Visit www.each.org.uk for further information.
There are eight different venues for the fayre – Abbey Gardens, Angel Hill, The Athenaeum, cathedral, The Apex, Moyse’s Hall Museum, the arc, St Mary’s Church, Hatter Street and Langton Place and the traditional Bury St Edmunds market.
On Sunday there will be a farmers’ market from Lavenham and Assington farmers’ markets.
There will be entertainment throughout the days on the Greene King stage and RWSfm will be hosting music from local schoolchildren, jazz musicians and others in Charter Square.
There will be road closures on Angel Hill from Churchgate Street to Northgate Street and Abbeygate Street between The Butter Market and Angel Hill. Hatter Street is also closed between Abbeygate Street and Churchgate Street.
There will be access only for Angel Lane, High Baxter Street and Lower Baxter Street but no cross over across Abbeygate Street.
Park and ride operates from Olding Road on the three days and from Kempson Way on Saturday and Sunday costing £4 per car. There is parking at Greene King’s car park for £3 on the Saturday and Sunday and free parking at West Suffolk College.