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.