Written by Ruby Reed
The historic town knows how to throw a party! Bury St Edmunds creates a fantastic festive environment every year and 2017 isn’t about to disappoint.
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market 2017
From Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 November the town will be transforming into a Christmas market wonderland. The very popular Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is a seasonal must.
Every year this festive operation offers stall after stall (over 300 actually!) of seasonal treats. The Fayre attracts thousands so whichever day you choose to attend you’ll be guaranteed a great atmosphere. Day time or evening you can wander and browse at your leisure. Take in the beautiful town and appreciate all the effort that has gone into this event. Think lights, trees and row upon row of stalls selling gifts, food and decorations.
The Fayre is host to a wide range of entertainment including a cookery theatre. You’ll find hours are lost as you experience a little bit of everything! But that’s not a problem as food stalls and refreshments are everywhere you turn – you won’t be able to resist those temptations!
Christmas is the time we love to spend with children and family. The Fayre is the perfect place for a memorable outing with everybody. Entertainment that the children will love includes a magical fairground along with lots of children’s activities in the Abbey Gardens available on all three days. Best bits include Santa’s Grotto, reindeer, snow globes, puppet shows, water walkers and arts and crafts activities.
Also make a visit to Moyse’s Hall Museum where there will be traditional Punch and Judy shows (free!), music and many other children’s activities. There will also be a family drop in point with mother and baby facilities, changing rooms and toy boxes.
Food and drink in Bury St Edmunds
The Fayre is ideal for a catch up with friends and to get you all into the Christmas spirit. As you wander you can sip on mulled wine to keep away the winter chill. When you’ve satisfied yourself with the festive antics or just need a brief break you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cosy pubs and restaurants in the town centre. If you want to sit down for a proper meal its important to book in advance as places get full quick. Places to dine in the town centre include the usual chains, but stop by independent cafes such as Paddy and Scott’s and Suffolk Carver for a spot of tea and cake. For lunch head to the likes of The Angle Hotel, Pea Porridge or Maison Bleue – put an extra Christmas spin on things with a festive Christmas when you call ahead to book!
Hotels in Bury St Edmunds
With so much going on and just too much to see, why not extend the experience and stay the night? Last month saw the launch of ‘Bury St Edmunds and Beyond’, the town’s latest tourism brand which aims to increase visitor numbers and overnight stays.
You can wake up the next morning and experience a bright festive morning to follow on from the lit-up evening before. This extra time gives you the chance to see anything you missed the first time, or head back to something you didn’t quite get around too. Or maybe you just can’t resist another bite to eat from that stall you visited!
The town centres shopping facilities shouldn’t be missed either, with the Arc being home to many favourites, plus there’s a range of independent boutiques such as fashion stores Anna, Nanook and La Boutique, all of which make a dent in the Christmas shopping!
So, if you do decide to stay, where to? Bury provides wonderful accommodation in all forms and sizes. From cosy B&Bs to easy chain hotels, there’s somewhere to rest your head after exploring. A handful of the choices include; The Angel Hotel, situated in the heart of the fayre and just a stone’s throw away from the historical Abbey Gardens is a beautiful 12th century building. Under a mile from the town centre is the failsafe Premier Inn at a purse friendly price. The Chantry B&B holds a great central location and The Northgate (read our review here) promises a night of luxury with its very own cocktail bar- you don’t need to tell us twice!