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Top Picks for Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2018!

With so much to see and do at this year's Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, we’ve picked out some of our highlights and show you what’s new for 2018!

The award-winning four-day Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre has grown into one of the country’s biggest with 300 stalls in eight locations around the historic town centre.

The event, which takes place from Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, November 25, attracts more than 120,000 people every year.

With hundreds of stalls set out along the town’s medieval streets and in its award-winning gardens and within historic and contemporary venues and attractions, you will need to allow extra room in your suitcase for all your Christmas shopping. 

Plus, there’s Bury St Edmunds regular street market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring a huge range of products, produce and street food along with a Farmers Market in The Buttermarket on Sunday.


On Angel Hill you’ll find over 100 stalls, a world market, traditional funfair and the Green King music stage, a unique setting surrounded by Bury St Edmunds’ historic buildings including The Abbey Gate, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and The Athenaeum.

in the beautiful Abbey Gardens you’ll find a magical atmosphere with over 100 stalls, free children’s entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, real reindeer and lots of delicious food and drink.

At The Athenaeum and The Apex you will find more indoor stalls offering a fantastic range of gifts including jewellery, cards, art, wine and spirits, Christmas decorations and much more. A chocolate fountain and the famous F.J Loades Miniature Fun Fair will be at the arc shopping centre along with a selection of stalls.


Also check out Hatter Street, Langton Place, Whiting Street and Risbygate Street for more wonderful shops, stalls and great food and drink.

With so much to see and do over the four days, we’ve picked out some of our highlights and what’s new for 2018:

Don’t Miss ...

Well known East Anglian Chefs Showcasing Ideas for Christmas Dinner!

2018 will see the return of the popular ICE Cookery Theatre with chef demos on stage in the Cathedral Courtyard including one of the UK's leading pastry chefs Michelle Gillott.  Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11am until 5pm. Free entry. Afterwards, visit the cathedral’s gift fair and the Cathedral Courtyard with over 25 food, drink and kitchenware stalls. A must for foodies!

Carols for Shoppers in the historic St Edmundsbury Cathedral

What better way to start the festive season than Christmas carols in the stunning and historic St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Shoppers can take a break and join in with Christmas Carols in Suffolk’s only cathedral. All are welcome.

Shoppers’ Carols: 

Thursday 22nd November at 2.30pm 

Friday 23rd November at 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Saturday 24th November at 12.30pm and 2.30pm 

Sunday 25th November at 1.00pm

Nearby St Mary’s Church, where the final resting place of Mary Tudor Queen of France and sister of Henry VIII can be found, will also host a carol service on Friday 23 November and Saturday 24 November at 3.15pm. another unique way to see this beautiful and historic church with the second longest aisle in the country.

Get into the Festive Mood with Music

The Greene King stage on Angel Hill and The Haart’s Community Stage in the Abbey Gardens will host a fantastic line-up of musical entertainment.

Visit the Sci-Fi and Action Show

See original Hollywood film props, meet costumed movie characters and see some amazing film and collectible items at Moyse’s Hall Museum. Plus there’s a specially themed stall for geeky gifts. Saturday November 24 November and Sunday 25 November 10am to 5pm.

Ivy Joan Makers Market

Local crafters and vintage stalls can be found at the Unitarian Meeting House and a real opportunity to find unique gifts made locally. Open Thursday 22 November 5pm to 9pm, Friday 23 November and Saturday 24 November 9.30am to 6pm and Sunday 25 November 10am to 5pm.

New for 2018

The Fayre will earlier this year - from 12 noon on Thursday 22 November. The opening night includes a penguin parade with local school children at 5.30pm from the arc shopping centre and will finish with a spectacular firework display in the historic Abbey Gardens at 8pm.

If you want a chance to see Bury St Edmunds’ newest attraction Bury St Edmunds Guildhall, then what better way than taking the children to their toy making workshops with the Guildhall Elves and festive food and drink. Saturday 24 November: 1pm-6pm and Sunday 25 November: 1pm-4pm. Tickets are £8 per child.

St John’s Street, a fantastic place to shop for gifts in the many independent shops, will become a street full of Fun & Festive Events. Visit The Elf Workshop, enjoy music with the 40s and 50s group The Knightingales on Sunday, plus there’s donkeys in St John’s Church, one of England’s first great Victorian Gothic churches with a wonderful 170ft spire, plus much more. 

Meet and greet characters from A Fairytale Fantasia in The Apex on Thursday 22 September from 5pm to 8pm and on Sunday 25 November from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

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.

To download a copy of the full programme and map for the fayre visit the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre website.


We hope you enjoy your trip to Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre and have a magical time. We want you to come back and visit the town and surrounding area and see more of our beautiful town and attractions. Visit our Winter Breaks page to find exclusive discounts on places to stay and the chance to win a fantastic weekend break in 2019! 

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