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A taste of what to enjoy at the Christmas Fayre

05 Nov 2018

The ICE Cookery Theatre at last year's Christmas Fayre

Christmas isn’t just a time for the children and there will be plenty of food and drink to enjoy at this year’s festive fayre in Bury St Edmunds.

The Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, which has been praised for its festive, friendly atmosphere, take places from 22 November to 25 November.

The ICE Cookery Theatre in the Cathedral Courtyard will see a mix of local, national and internationally renowned chefs giving live cookery demonstrations throughout the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, demonstrating how to make some great tasting dishes.

The Courtyard will also be home to even more food and drink stalls selling everything from Scotch Bonnett chili jams, liquorice, Dedham fudge, cakes, ward winning chocolates, East Anglian made Christmas puddings and much more.

If that wasn’t enough you will also be able to buy craft beers, sloe gin, flavoured vodkas and Harleston ciders.

On top of all this we will have our usual array of more than 300 stalls plus our street market, a farmers market, and for the first time The Guildhall which will selling festive foods and some delicious winter beers over the weekend, and St Johns Street which from the Friday to the Sunday will include entertainment mulled win and gin.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council which organises the fayre, said: “Christmas is a time for bringing people together and the fayre is no different. It is a celebration which can only happen thanks to the wonderful support we have from local schools, choirs and community groups. It showcases this brilliant part of West Suffolk, its beauty and its history while also bringing benefits to our local economy, not just over the four days, but through attracting visitors who return to spend their time and money in many of our wonderful town centre shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.”

As with last year and many public events nationally, while there is no specific threat to the Christmas Fayre, security measures including armed police will be in place to offer public assurance, deter or detect any risks and ensure that people can get on with safely enjoying the fayre. People are encouraged to say hello to the police officers and give them their support.

Cllr Griffiths said: “Like last year there is no evidence of any specific threat, but as at other large events across the UK, you may again notice a range of physical security measures being deployed as a precaution, as you would have seen at last year’s Christmas Fayre. They include a variety of bollard and barrier systems. Some of these measures have been designed and integrated as part of our street furniture to blend as well as possible into the aesthetics of our historic town. Like last year, we would thank the Police who work with us so closely. We encourage visitors to say hello to officers and give them your support as they support our communities and help people enjoy this great family friendly event.”

Superintendent Kim Warner, western area commander for Suffolk police “As always, we are looking forward to policing the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre again this year. We have been working with the Council and other partners to plan for this event. Once again we will have armed and unarmed officers at the fayre, working hard to keep people safe, offer visible public assurance, deter or detect anybody up to no good and to make sure everyone has a great time. Of course the public also has a role to play in this and they can help keep people safe by reporting anything unusual. If in doubt trust your instincts and call security on 01284 758008 or 01284 758009, the police on 101 or 999 depending on urgency.”

The fayre begins from midday on the Thursday. Opening night includes children leading a penguin puppet parade from The Apex to Angel Hill at 5.30pm, the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice’s Carol Concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral at 7pm, and a fireworks display in the Abbey Gardens at 8pm.

The Council’s park and ride service will be starting earlier this year – from 11am on the Thursday while additional car parking – all within walking distance of the town centre will be available for some of the fayre at West Suffolk College in Beetons Way, the Council car park in Olding Road, Greene King in Cullum Road, Priory School in Mount Road and St Edmundsbury School in Grove Road.

For those driving in Radio West Suffolk fm 103.3 will be providing regular updates on where to park, while Twitter follower of @stedsbc can keep up to date with live updates on #buryparking

For more in this year’s fayre line up visit www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk

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