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Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Set to Serve Up New Tasty Treats

Named best Christmas Market in the UK by TripAdvisor’s HolidayLettings in 2016, Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre looks set to serve up an even tastier treat to suit all tastes.

Named best Christmas Market in the UK by TripAdvisor’s HolidayLettings in 2016, Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre looks set to serve up an even tastier treat to suit all tastes.

This year some of the finest chefs from across East Anglia will be showing you how to make fun festive foods in The ICE Cookery Theatre, a bigger and better attraction for 2017.  Chefs include Mark Poynton, Chef/Patron of Alimentum restaurant in Cambridge, Chris Lee, Chef/Patron of Bildeston Crown, and Jeremy Medley, Director of Infusions/ICE.

The Christmas Fayre fun starts from 2pm on Thursday 23 November with a lantern parade and fireworks. The opening event also includes late night shopping and a fabulous East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Carol Concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral at 6pm, followed by a fireworks finale in the Abbey Gardens at around 7.45pm.

The fayre then resumes from at 9am to 8pm on both the Friday 24 November and Saturday 25 November, and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 26 November.



As well as cookery demonstrations, the cookery theatre, which takes place in the Cathedral Courtyard from Friday 24 November to Sunday 26 November, will also feature 14 local food and drink stalls. A maker’s market meanwhile will be selling crafts and offering demonstrations including a captivating insight into the workings of a forge.

Close by, Bury St Edmunds brewer Greene King will be running a bar on Angel Hill, adding to the intoxicating charm of the fayre with its own fine range of Christmas ales.

Around 300 trade stalls, selling gifts, local and global produce, crafts, as well as an inspired selection of food and drink.
Running alongside this will be the Bury St Edmunds street market on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while the Sunday will also feature a farmer’s market with over 30 local stalls.

Don’t forget to check out the amazing array of independent shops in Bury St Edmunds town centre. St John's Street, where many of these are based, will have entertainment running throughout the fayre. Download a shopping map here.

There will also be plenty of music and entertainment to add to the festive atmosphere with church choirs, school bands and rock, jazz, and folk acts all set to perform. The weekend will finish with a traditional carol concert on Angel Hill with music provided by the Salvation Army band. 

If you are looking for somewhere to take your children to meet Father Christmas then his Abbey Gardens grotto is the place to go.
Santa will be taking a break from his busy Christmas schedule to come to Bury St Edmunds from Thursday 23 November through to Sunday 26 November.

Rudolph and company will be joining him from the Friday onwards so come and meet the reindeer. There will also be a magic postbox where children can send their messages to Santa, which he will reply to when he returns to the North Pole.

While Santa is here, his elves will be busy making toys for all the good girls and all the good boys. You will be able to see for yourself with some of the more junior elves busy at work under the watchful guidance of St Nic himself.

There will be a funfair on Angel Hill and in the Abbey Gardens. As an added bonus, if you pop along on the Thursday when the fayre starts at 2pm, for discounted rides and games.

Make sure you also take your children to The Traverse where local businesses will be hosting a range of fun activities including a chance to meet a variety of small animals.

Parking
A Park and Ride service will be in operation from the Friday through till the close of Sunday, while Olding Road car park – approximately 10 minutes from the town centre – will serve as a free Park and Walk facility for the Saturday and Sunday. Additional car parks will also be provide during the fayre courtesy of Greene King.

Why not let the train take the strain with a family saver ticket

For those driving, Radio West Suffolk fm 103.3 will be providing regular updates on where to park during the fayre, while you can also get your passengers to follow the @stedsbc Twitter feed #buryparking for live updates.

For more details including a full list of the various entertainment, visit the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre website  and like their Facebook page.

Experience Bury St Edmunds Attractions at the Fayre

Get into the spirit of Christmas at the historic St Edmundsbury Cathedral during the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre and enjoy a variety of stalls raising money for the Cathedral and charity.  There will be a homemade cake stall, huge Raffle, Bric a Bric stall, Kagera (African Crafts, Art Exhibition and sale, Lego build activity, Cathedral pop-up shop and lots more.  

Enjoy excellent food and drink at the Cathedral's Pilgrims’ Kitchen Cafe and restaurant and pick up a unique gift and souvenier from the Cathedral shop.

Soak up the Advent atmosphere in the cathedral with a Carol service to get you in the mood with the Cathedral's free Shoppers Carols events. All welcome, collection at the end.

Thursday 23 November, 2 pm to 2.30 pm
Friday 24 November, 12.30 to 1pm, 2.30-3 pm
Saturday 25 November, 12.30 to 1 pm, 2.30-3 pm
Sunday 26 November, 1 to 1.30 pm


Stay in Bury St Edmunds

With so much to see and do in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area, you’ll want to stay longer.

Boutique hotels with history, charming bed and breakfasts, sumptuous rural cottages, country houses, and luxury apartments, there is an abundance of choice. Whether you fancy splashing out on a high-end luxury break or fancy a quick, value-for-money getaway there are plenty of options.

From the historical to the unique and from couples to groups there is a place to stay and a very warm welcome in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond. Plan your stay now. There are many more fairs and festivals throughout the year in Bury St Edmunds find out more here.