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Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019
Start Date: 21 November 2019
End Date: 24 November 2019

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

Located in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, the Christmas fayre offers visitors a wide range of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts and gifts as well as an inspired selection of food and drink from the region and around the world.

A historic market town with over 1,000 years of history, Bury St Edmunds is a beautiful place to visit over the festive period.

Named Best Christmas Market in the UK by TripAdvisor’s HolidayLettings in 2016, the four-day Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre has grown into one of the country’s biggest and transforms the town into a sea of colour.

With 300 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.

Shop for local and global produce and crafts,  set against stunning backdrops including St Edmundsbury Cathedral, The Athenaeum, the historic Abbey Gate, the medieval Moyes’s Hall and the iconic and contemporary arc shopping centre. The Abbey Gardens provides a magical atmosphere and here you will find over 100 stalls, free children’s entertainment, real reindeer, and of course Santa and his elves in his wonderful winter workshop. There’s also lots of delicious food and drink to sample including wine, waffles, cakes and cheeses. A World Market can be found on Angel Hill, the centre of Bury St Edmund’s historic medieval core, with over 100 stalls and a traditional funfair and stage with live music and entertainment throughout the day. At The Athenaeum, a beautiful historic Georgian building where the likes of Charles Dickens gave readings of his work, you can find some great handmade gifts particularly fine art, jewellery and cards. Many will be wearing exquisite period costumes adding to the effect of this wonderful building.

Foodies will love the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Courtyard with stalls selling everything from fruit gin to local honey, artisan sauces to scrumptious Christmas puddings. This is where you will find the Infusions Cookery Theatre with cookery demonstrations to get some tasty Christmas food ideas. At The Apex you will find a mixture of contemporary and traditional crafts including football stadium photography, film and sport memorabilia, original Suffolk painting and traditional hobby horses.

The town’s market, one of the most successful traditional street markets in the country today will be open from Friday to Sunday. The market, which dates back to before the days of William the Conqueror, is where you can find everything from fresh local produce to authentic Italian shirts, from Portuguese pottery and colourful plants and flowers. There’s also a wonderful farmer’s market with more local produce on the Sunday.

Bury St Edmunds has a fantastic range of more than 200 High Street and independent shops. A visit would not be complete without visiting our 100 independent and unique shops, all within walking distance. In St John’s Street, Hatters Street, Whiting Street and Langton Place you will find some fantastic unique independent traders. And if you are still hungry then Bury St Edmunds is known as a foodie town with 80 eateries.

With a firework display in the Abbey Gardens at 7.45pm on the opening night of the fayre and an opening parade, a visit to Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is a must.

New for 2019 The  Butter Market area will be open on opening day. This will be a mix of regular market traders along with a selection of locally produced food and drink stalls.

Christmas Fayre opening times

Thursday 21 November (opening night) 12pm – 8pm

Friday 22 November 9am – 8pm

Saturday 23 November 9am – 8pm

Sunday 24 November 10am – 5pm


Coach booking information can be found on the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre website

For more details including a full list of the various entertainment as it is announced, visit the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre website and like their Facebook page. For all other enquiries relating to the Christmas Fayre please email Christmas.fayre@westsuffolk.gov.uk

A Park and Ride service will be in operation and additional car parks will also be provide during the fayre.

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

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

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