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New for 2013 Welcome to beautiful Bury St Edmunds and our tenth anniversary Christmas Fayre. The Christmas Fayre is now in it’s tenth year and every year it gets bigger and better. New for 2013 we have added an extra evening and will be opening at 4pm on Thursday 28th November. We have also added the fun NEW Denny Brothers Christmas Parade. Over 30 local school children will parade from the arc shopping centre down to Angel Hill with huge Christmas Puppets and finish with a display on the main stage.
Another new addition for 2013 is the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Christmas Carol Concert in the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The family service will run between 6pm – 7pm and include favourite carols sung by pupils from Westley Middle School, County Upper School, South Lee School, St James’s Middle School and the Cathedral Choristers. This service is free with a retiring collection.
Programme of events
28, 29, 30 November & 1 December Thur 4pm-8pm Fri/Sat 10am–8pm Sun 10am–5pm
Information line: 01284 764667 • Email: [email protected]
Web: www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk CHRiSTMAS FAyRE SuPPORTERS
There is so much to do during the Fayre you will not be disappointed. From fun fairs to free children’s entertainment, from our regular weekly street market to a traditional market set in historic Moyses Hall Museum. With six different venues to choose from make sure you do not miss a thing. A shoppers’ paradise throughout the year with high street names, independent stores and specialist shops offering something a bit different. Add to this the wonderful Christmas Fayre you will not be disappointed. Bury St Edmunds is magical at Christmas but we think you will agree that is also a destination for all seasons and we hope to see you back soon!
Thursday 28th November
• This year will see an extra evening added to the Fayre. All the stalls and venues will be open between 4pm – 8pm giving visitors and residents a chance to browse the stalls in a less crowded atmosphere. • The Denny Brothers Christmas Parade from 5.30pm • arc shopping centre. A great new addition to the Fayre this parade of local school children will parade with hand made puppets from the arc shopping centre down to Angel Hill where the parade will finish on the Greene King Stage. • At 6pm East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH) will be hosting their Schools’ Carol Concert in the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral. • The music will continue on Angel Hill with the Robbie Gladwell Band headlining the evening’s entertainment at 7pm. This band features some of the most well respected musicians in the business and between them have played with many famous acts including Cockney Rebel, Suzi Quatro and Gary Moore. An eclectic mix of rock, pop, jazz and soul. They will be joined by Harry Greene – Suffolk Young Musician of the Year. • All fairground rides will be half price.
Entertainment during the Fayre Throughout the weekend Bury St Edmunds will be alive with local talent, children’s activities and street entertainers. The Greene King Stage on Angel Hill and the Music Sales Stage in the arc will host 4 days of brilliant entertainment. Music includes School and Church Choirs, jazz, folk and rock and roll. Check out the Christmas Fayre website for a full listing of artists and performance times. www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk
• St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Crown Street • Friday/Saturday • As a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the Fayre there will be Shoppers’ Carols in the Cathedral at 12noon, 1.30pm and 3.00pm on Friday and Saturday. Lasting just 25 minutes, this brief carol service serves as a reminder of what Christmas is all about. Join in some of your favourite carols, hear the traditional readings, or simply take the weight off your feet and enjoy the atmosphere of the Cathedral. • The Salvation Army Band • Saturday • The Bury St Edmunds Salvation Army Band will be performing Christmas Carols in the Buttermarket between 11am – 1pm. • On all three days you will find lots of street entertainers out and about in the town centre. These will include jugglers, stilt walkers, pixies and other characters. • Performing in various places around the town are the Bury Fair Women’s Morris on Thursday between 5pm – 7pm, the Hageneth Morris Men on Saturday between 11am – 3pm and the Old Glory Molly Dancers and Musicians on Sunday between 12 noon and 4pm. • For all your Christmas beer and gifts the Greene King Visitor Centre and shop will be open Thursday/ Friday/Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 3.30pm. • The Brewery Tap is open throughout the weekend and as the Greene King car park is being used for parking for the Fayre on Saturday and Sunday it is a great place to stop for refreshments before travelling home. • The Heart Angel team will be on Angel Hill on Sunday. Spin their Christmas Wheel of Fortune to win a festive hamper. 10am – 4pm • Children’s Mini Farm. Sunday. Especially for young children there will be a mini farm in the Buttermarket. Animals include rabbits, ducks, sheep, and more. 10am – 4pm.
Christmas Fayre Market Highlights • Bury St Edmunds regular street market will be extended and cover all three days of the Fayre, stalls will have a festive feel and there will be some great bargains to be had. A firm favourite for visitors and locals alike. Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday in the Buttermarket area. • Country Markets will be extending their opening hours on Friday 29th november from 8.30am – 4pm. A great place to pick up local produce, handmade gifts and a good cup of tea and homemade cake. Oddfellows Hall, Whiting Street. • Suffolk Market Events will be returning with their award winning Farmers Market. A fantastic selection of some of the regions very best artisan producers showcasing their delicious products including home baked cakes and pies, freshly baked bread, real ales and wines and local beef and sausages. There will also be a small number of high quality genuine crafts including pottery, soap and jewellery. Sunday 1st december.
other Events during the Weekend • the Beerhouse on Station Hill will be hosting its annual Winter Beer Festival as part of the Christmas Fayre. The Beerhouse situated near to Bury railway station will open at 5pm on 28th november and from noon on 29th, 30th november and 1st december. Featuring over 50 real ales from East Anglia including some from our own Brewshed in addition to selection of cask ciders. Hog roast, homemade pies and soup available all day and live music in the evenings. Visit www.burybeerhouse.co.uk • aladdin, theatre royal Why not combine your visit to the Fayre with a trip to the historic Theatre Royal and enjoy a traditional family pantomime. Various timed performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. www.theatreroyal.org or telephone 01284 769505 • Smiths row at Christmas Smiths Row will be holding their annual exhibition of contemporary crafts and is the ideal place to find a unique Christmas gift. This exhibition will feature both established and up and coming makers. • Open Friday/Saturday 10am – 5.30pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Shoppers offers • auntie Pam’s Sweet Shop in the traverse will be offering 10% discount off all purchases over £10. • Visit L’occitane in the arc shopping centre during the Fayre and receive a FrEE winter collection when you sign up to their VIP Programme and spend £20 or more in store (while stocks last). • Palmers department Store will be offering 20% discount on all goods in their fashion store and home store during the Fayre including Thursday evening. Situated in the Buttermarket and St andrews Street South. www.palmerstores.com • raspberry rascals, specialising in children’s nearly clothing and a fabulous line of new toys are offering 10% discount when you spend £15 or over during the Christmas Fayre. Local silver artist Louise Webber will be in store on Saturday 30th, specialising in personalised jewellery, including finger print jewellery. Situated in Langton Place, near Hatter Street.
Events in the abbey Gardens
• nEW For 2013 Cookery demonstrations by the East of England Co-operative Society. Come along to East of England Cooperative Society trade stand where there will be cooking demonstrations with guest chefs, a chance to sample sourced locally products and lots more! Friday, Saturday and Sunday. • Near the children’s play area, a dedicated area for our younger visitors, with lots of free entertainment. • thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday come and visit the new ‘Snow dome’ and have your photo taken playing in the snow. Fun for the entire family— £1.50 per person. Open thursday 4pm – 7pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 7pm, and Sunday 10am – 5.00pm. • the Poz Magic Show • thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performances throughout the day. One of England’s top children’s entertainers with a unique brand of magic and comedy. Shows include a special Christmas show with desmond the donkey! • Side shows, circus skills, stalls and free face painting for children Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. • Free ‘drop-in’ workshop for parents and children together. Join our children’s artist design and make a special Christmas cracker to take home. All materials supplied. Friday afternoon and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. • Come and visit Santa's reindeer. Santa’s elves are bringing Santa’s reindeer to town before they get too busy. Come and visit him and tell the elves what surprises you would like for Christmas! Friday, Saturday and Sunday. • Santa’s Grotto – abbey Gardens Visit Santa in his magical grotto and tell him what you would like for Christmas! All children will receive a quality gift and there is also a postbox for children to post their letters to Santa — all children will receive a reply. thursday 4pm – 7pm • Friday 3pm – 6pm • Saturday 11am – 5pm • Sunday 11am – 5pm
Where to eat and drink
Bury St Edmunds has a wide range of eateries, cafes and pubs all providing good quality food, drink and a warm welcome. For a guide to eating out contact the tourist information Centre 01284 764667 or email [email protected]
alternatively download a copy from our Christmas Fayre website. • In addition to our regular establishments the following venues will be providing refreshments for the Christmas Fayre period. • the apex is open with a selection of hot and cold snacks. Special Christmas Fayre offer £3 for a hot drink and a pastry. • the Cathedral refectory will be open for traditional lunches, snacks and hot drinks on Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Sunday 9.30am – 3.00pm. • St Mary’s Church, Crown Street • Open Friday and Saturday, 9am – 5pm. Open for tea and cakes with a selection of charity and crafts stalls. Music will be provided at various times during the day. • Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street Open Friday and Saturday between 10am – 5pm for refreshments including mulled wine, hot soup, cakes and savouries. There will also be wreaths, plants, decorations and handmade crafts available to buy. Sunday 10am – 1.00pm open for refreshments only. Seasonal music will be played throughout the weekend. Seating and toilets available. All proceeds will go to local charity ‘Workwise’ on Friday and Saturday and to the Unitarian Meeting House on Sunday. • the St John’s Centre, St John’s Street will be open to the public on all three days, Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 2.30pm. Facilities include fully accessible toilets, baby changing facilities and baby feeding area. The Just traid café will be open on Friday and Saturday serving hot drinks and snacks.
How to Find Us By road: Bury St Edmunds is conveniently located just off the A14. London (via M11 or A12) is less than two hours away and the Midlands are within easy reach directly off the A14. By train: Bury St Edmunds station is situated on Station Hill, a 10 minute walk to the Angel Hill and town centre. Greater Anglia provides train service from Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Leave the car behind and take advantage of some of their fabulous offers: Groupsave Two pay, four travel. Amazing savings for a great day out with family and friends. • twice the fun – half the price As an extra bonus, up to four more children can travel for just £1 each when accompanying a GroupSave party. No need to book in advance, just turn up and go. GroupSave is available to all Greater Anglia destinations. • For further information contact www.greateranglia.co.uk By BUS: Angel Hill is a 10 minute walk from the bus station and arc shopping centre is a two minute walk. The main bus station is situated on St Andrews Street North. Buses arrive at this station from local services, and also National Express connecting nationally to Bury St Edmunds. • Contact tiC for further information 01284 764667. For information on wheelchair hire or blue badge parking please contact the tourist information Centre 01284 764667 [email protected]
• For further details on bus services www.suffolkonboard.com, www.nationalexpress.com or Bury St Edmunds Bus Station 01284 702020 Christmas Fayre Park & ride Friday 29, Saturday 30 november and Sunday 1 december The Christmas Fayre is offering a park and ride service from Saxham Business Park situated just off the A14 (IP28 6RX). This site is well signed from all major routes and the A14. Cost is £5 per car. • Buses run every 15 minutes between 8.30am - 7.45pm Friday and Saturday and 9.00am - 5.15pm on Sunday. • Please contact the Tourist Information Centre for further information on 01284 764667, email [email protected]
or visit the Christmas Fayre website www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk All information is correct at time of printing. You are advised to check details before travelling. Contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01284 764667 or [email protected]
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