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Counting down to Bishop's Stortford Christmas Fayre




Anabella, 5, and Charlie, 2, meet Sparkle the reindeer at Coopers of Stortford during last years Christmas Fayre Picture: Vikki Lince
Anabella, 5, and Charlie, 2, meet Sparkle the reindeer at Coopers of Stortford during last years Christmas Fayre Picture: Vikki Lince

The festive season arrives in Bishop's Stortford on Saturday, December 1 with the annual Christmas Fayre.

5-year-old Sophia meets Santa in his grotto at the 2017 Christmas Fayre Picture: Vikki Lince
5-year-old Sophia meets Santa in his grotto at the 2017 Christmas Fayre Picture: Vikki Lince

The aromas of mulled wine, hot chestnuts, German bratwurst and other seasonal delicacies will hang in the air the length and breadth of North Street, Market Square, Potter Street and South Street from 9.30am to 4pm.

More than 130 stalls set up along the high street will be selling gifts such as jewellery, candles, artwork, home accessories, clothing, Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations.

Local produce and hampers – including craft beers, wines and ciders – will give visitors the chance to stock up their cupboards with plenty of goodies in time for Christmas.

Hungry shoppers can keep the cold at bay with lots of warming delights from the street food stalls.

Christmas would not be Christmas without Santa – the big man will be in his pop-up grotto at North Street estate agent Intercounty, with gifts for children, who will also be able to meet his reindeer in their High Street paddock between noon and 2pm.

To ensure that the crowds are entertained throughout the fayre, theatrical and musical acts will perform in an arena on South Street. The programme will kick off at 10.10am with singer-songwriter Tom Ryder’s Retune project. The Indie’s music writer launched his Retune gigs at The Horn at the Half Moon in April, and they have been promoting wellbeing and mindfulness through live music on one Sunday a month ever since.

Entertainers – a stilt walker, a fire dancer, a magician, a bubble artiste and Disney princesses – will provide plenty of photo opportunities for youngsters, and a soft play bus on Potter Street will give children the chance to burn off some of their excess energy.

Other festive events taking place in Stortford alongside the Christmas Fayre include St Michael’s Church’s Holly Fair, Bishop’s Stortford Community Church’s Crafty Christmas and Grove Cottage’s Santa Dash and Reindeer Run.

Windhill21 and St Michael’s primary schools, both only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, have offered the use of their car parks for Christmas Fayre visitors. A small fee for the schools will be requested.

The Christmas Fayre is organised by the town council and sponsored by ITVet and financial life planners Enable Independent.



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