Great Yarmouth News

Thousands head for Christmas Fayre

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Great Yarmouth stages its annual Christmas Fayre for three days from Friday.

The festive extravaganza will attract thousands of families into town to enjoy festive food, stalls and entertainment.

It is the 16th annual fayre, a joint effort between the borough council, Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership and Great Yarmouth Minster.

Trevor Wainwright, the council leader, said the aim was create a bit of Christmas magic for families, while supporting town centre traders.

“Last year’s fayre was a huge success, attracting more than 38,000 people into the town centre over three magical days – and this year looks set to be equally popular.”

The fayre will be officially opened on the Saturday, at 10am, at the Great Yarmouth Minster by Marlene Fairhead, the mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough. The mayor of Lardal, a municipality in south-east Norway, will also be in attendance.

Cllr Fairhead will travel there, from the Town Hall, in Santa’s Roadtrain, with the mayor of Rambouillet – Great Yarmouth’s twin town in France – plus children from Alderman Swindell School.

On all three days, shoppers will be able to visit about 30 additional festive stalls, selling a range of specialist crafts and food.

On the Friday and Saturday, visitors will also be able to buy seafood, meat, fruit, vegetables and other produce at the historic charter market. The Wednesday and Saturday market will also be running as usual.

Santa’s Roadtrain will run a free shuttle service, for shoppers, between the Market Place and the Minster, 10am-4pm each day. Inside the church, there will be further festive stalls, while outside Santa’s donkey reindeer will be offering rides to children.

School choirs will sing festive songs at the Minster on the Friday. And on the Saturday, at 7.30pm, the Minster will also host a Norwegian Christmas Carol Concert by the 40-strong Lardal Kantori choir.

Tickets are available in advance from the Town Centre Partnership’s office, or at the door on the night.

The closing parade, on the Sunday, will start at the Town Hall at 2.45pm, ending at the Great Yarmouth Minster at 3pm with a ceremony, featuring a performance from the band of the TS Warrior cadets, from Cobholm.

The fayre runs from 9am to 5pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from 9am to 4pm on the Sunday.


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24.11.17 - Christmas Light Switch-On
Christmas in Great Yarmouth gets officially underway on Friday as Her Worship the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Kerry Robinson Payne, takes to the stage to switch on the towns festive illuminations and Christmas tree lights. The Mayor will be joined by her special guest, the Michelin Star Celebrity Chef Galton Blackiston, to assist her in pushing down the all important Christmas Lights plunger.  The ceremony will form part of an evening of entertainment from 5.30pm with live music and a roof top firework display that coincides with the first day of the annual Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre and the opening of the real ice rink in the town centre. The entertainment takes place on The Beach Soundstage which has been moved this year along with the Christmas Tree to the market place on the north side of the covered market as its normal location in the market square is occupied by the real ice rink. There will be live singing and dancing from local theatre and dance schools ‘Centre Stage’ and ‘Iceni’ plus some upbeat Christmas tunes from top local pop artists Penny Hannant and Gaby Starbuck to warm up the crowd ahead of the countdown shortly before 7pm. Making the introductions and keeping an eye on the time will be The Beach, Radio Norwich and North Norfolk Radio presenters Rob Chandler and Paul Carter. Rob makes a welcome return to the Christmas Lights event having presented it for a number of years with former radio colleague Chrissie Jackson. Her Worship the Mayor and special guests will take to the stage to join in the countdown which will take place at 7.00pm with the switch on of the Christmas Lights immediately followed by a fantastic pyrotechnic display from the roof of Market Gates shopping centre. The live music will continue after the fireworks with a performance from the Invidia Voices Choir whilst town centre shops and Christmas Fayre stalls in the Minster and on the market place will be open until 8pm.   Free parking is available in all Borough Council town centre car parks from 4.00pm (except the Market Place) and the ice rink will be open for last admissions until 9pm.
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