Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2016
The biggest of all Christmas celebrations is arriving in Bury St Edmunds this year. The thirteenth Christmas Fayre to be celebrated in the town sees the best ever one taking place from the 24-27 November across Bury from 2pm.
Extending from the historic Angel Hill and Abbey Gardens through to the modern Arc shopping centre and the Apex. Everyone will be getting involved. With excellent entertainment, the regular street market and over 300 seasonal stalls selling a variety of crafts, gifts, food, seasonal produce and more – there really is something for everyone.
Thursday evening will feature offers for locals with special late night shopping deals, free refreshments and discounts on fairground rides and free parking. The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display in the gardens.
Visit on Friday and Saturday to experience the wonderful festive atmosphere, enjoy some nibbles, drink some mulled wine, try out some crafts and enjoy all the activities. The entertainment will go on into the evening until 8pm. Sunday morning will give you a chance to enjoy more of the wonderful atmosphere with friends and family.
New for 2016 are cookery demonstrations and gourmet food stalls in the Cathedral Courtyard. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be a full programme of regional and locals chefs along with hospitality and catering students from the West Suffolk College. It the perfect chance to pick up a few tips for Christmas!
Pop into the Moyse’s Hall Museum for the magic of Christmas to enjoy craft workshops, entertainment and visit Father Christmas himself during the fayre on Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.
There’s so much going on, it’s hard to fit it all into this feature but there will also be a new part of the fair titled St Edmundsbaby Christmas Fayre. The focus for this section of the fayre is for families with young children. With the chance to encounter animals every day, have a go at card and decoration making as well as many other activities, it’s a must-visit for every family.
Find out more about the fayre at www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk
Christmas crafts at Blackthorpe Barn
As if that wasn’t enough Blackthorpe Barn has a jam-packed calendar this festive season. From the 28 October the country Christmas shop will pop up at the venue until the 22 December. A haven for those who just love Christmas, pick up everything you need from special gifts and décor to lighting and gift wrap. It’s a one-stop Christmas shop. There will be Nordic style decorations, woodland, vintage and so much more including products made in Bethlehem. A real must visit.
British Crafts will be taking over the thatched barn for five different weekends from November to December (check the website for exact dates). There’ll be 60 exhibitors offering British crafts including jewellery, glassware, sculptures and much more. The perfect place to buy a unique gift for your loved ones.
Santa will also be coming to Blackthorpe this Christmas. Make sure to book ahead online for the slot you want, so you don’t miss him! Visit www.blackthorpebarn.com/barn-events to find out more.
Written by Amanda French, visit her blog at www.anoseforfood.com