Get set for festive cheer in Bury St Edmunds

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Christmas will soon be upon us again. As always, it is such an important trading time for our members, but this year with the recession still with us, it becomes even more important. Bid4Bury will be doing all it can to attract visitors into the town during the next few weeks.

Traditionally Christmas in Bury commences with the Switching on of the Christmas Lights, and this year is no different. The Switch On event, which again combines a Charity Fayre, starts at 2pm on Thursday 15th November with the lights being switched on at 7pm by Sue Kemp from McDonalds who is the inaugural winner of the Bid4Bury Customer Care award. We welcome back to this event our friendly penguins (see right) who shortly after appearing with us last year were guests on the Jonathan Ross Show! The Reindeers return and will take Santa to the stage to switch on the lights on his sleigh. This year we also welcome donkeys to town, so there are plenty of animals to entertain children and adults alike, and they will be found outside Cotswold Outdoor in Abbeygate Street.

Fun For All the Family

From 3.30pm the entertainment from local schools and colleges will commence on the stage outside of Moyes Hall, and we welcome back our friends from RWSFM who will be transmitting from the Buttermarket all afternoon and compering the acts on stage. After the lights are switched on, don’t rush off home! Why not stay and be entertained by the Dixie band from County Upper School? There will also be many fair rides available plus the usual street entertainers, our face painter and magician in Cornhill Walk, and seven Bid4Bury businesses selling their wares and promoting their businesses from Gazebos in the Traverse.



Christmas Fayre

The annual Christmas Fayre takes place over the weekend of 23rd to 25th November with stalls all over the town centre, but this year the produce market will take place in the Buttermarket over all three days too. Also, there will be additional stalls at the top end of the Arc running towards Risbygate Street where there will be street entertainers to encourage footfall into that part of town in response to concerns raised by local traders.

Bid4Bury will also be organising entertainment in the town for our three designated late night shopping evenings on 6th, 13th and 20th December, where a wide variety of street entertainers will be in situ.

On the 13th December, Bid4Bury, in partnership with Breakthrough Breast Cancer, will be attempting to break the World Record for the most people dressed as fairies in one place! We need to have over 785 fairies, and we will be attempting to do this from 5.45pm in Carter Square in the Arc. Why not come along, help us raise money for a good cause, and put Bury St Edmunds on the map?

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