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26 – 29 November, 2020


Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LT


Over 300 stalls


Christmas Fayre on hold to help in fight against COVID-19


It is with regret that this year’s Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre has been cancelled to help public services concentrate on tackling COVID-19 and support businesses across West Suffolk.


The decision also follows clear instructions from the Government not to tie up public and emergency services in events so they can concentrate on prioritising COVID-19 actions.


More than 130,000 are attracted to the Christmas Fayre and the planning work which needs to be carried out now requires a tremendous amount of input from public services.


The move to cancel this year’s event frees up officer time and Council resources to support businesses now and, importantly their recovery in the future. 


This means the Council can introduce tailored help across the whole of West Suffolk for businesses and our High Streets at Christmas to celebrate the festive time and respond to any restrictions still in place.


Equally it is unclear whether later in the year the event would be able to be held anyway. As many things have to be booked now it could prove be a waste of money which is better spent on businesses and communities now.


The suspension is only for this year.


Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We know how popular the fayre is and it is with a heavy heart we have taken this decision. But in the circumstances, and when you see events like the Olympics being postponed, it is the right one. Planning for the Christmas Fayre is a massive task and much has to be planned or booked now. Postponing it this year means we and our emergency service partners can continue to concentrate on helping our businesses and communities through this difficult time. It also means that we can free up resources to not only help residents and businesses across West Suffolk who are facing hardships now but also in their economic recovery down the road. We understand many may be disappointed, but this really is the sensible way forward to ensure we focus on helping our businesses and emergency services to weather the current challenges brought by the pandemic. It will also hopefully put us all in a better position, come Christmas, to celebrate and help businesses in Bury St Edmunds and throughout West Suffolk make the most of the festive season.”

We’re pleased to announce Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre has won the award for Best Large Speciality Market awarded by NABMA. Thank you to all our staff, partners, stallholders and visitors who have made this possible.

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There are still plenty of things going on in Bury St Edmunds during December! Take a look!

The dates for 2020 are:

Thursday 26th November until Sunday 29th November

We will be open:

Thursday 12 noon – 8pm

Friday & Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Sunday: 10am – 5pm

The award winning Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is now in its nineteenth year and gets bigger and better everytime. With over 300 stalls situated all around the historic Georgian town centre it has the perfect mix of old and new.

Our Fayre has something for everyone and includes children’s opening parade and fireworks, cookery theatre and food area in the Cathedral grounds, free children’s activities and fun fair on Angel Hill and in the Abbey Gardens and much much more.

Christmas is a magical time for children so if you have little ones please see here for our tips and info on bringing the children to the Fayre.

If you are travelling with children this year, click here to view our top tips!



As part of our award winning Christmas Fayre and new for 2019 we are opening the Butter market area on our opening day. This will be a mix of regular market traders along with a selection of locally produced food and drink stalls. There will also be a ‘makers market’ which will consist of local crafts people and include demonstrations. In addition to this we are looking for traders for our Farmers and Cookware Market on 21st and 24th November.

Coach Bookings

The expression of interest and coach information will be available towards the end of March.

To help make your visit as smooth as possible, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions, please click here.


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If you haven’t been to the Fayre before check out our 2018 video and see what fun we had



When is the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre?

This years’ Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre takes place from Thursday 26 November to Sunday 29 November 2020.

What are the opening times of the Christmas Fayre?

The Christmas Fayre is open: Thursday 26 November – 12pm to 8pm Friday 27 November – 9am to 8pm Saturday 28 November – 9am to 8pm Sunday 29 November – 10am to 5pm

Where is the Christmas Fayre located?

The Christmas Fayre is set in the historic Georgian town centre of Bury St Edmunds. The Christams Fayre takes place in the following venues: The Abbey Gardens Abbeygate Street and the town centre Angel Hill The Apex The Arc shopping centre The Athenaeum The Cathedral Courtyard The Guildhall Hatter Street, Whiting Street and Langton Place St Edmundsbury Cathedral St John’s Street St Mary’s Church In addition, the provision market will take place in the Buttermarket and Cornhill and the Farmers and Cookware market will take place on Thursday 21 and Sunday 24 November in the Buttermarket. Click here for a map of the Christmas Fayre.

Where can I get a copy of the official programme?

The Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre programme can be found here.

Do I need a ticket?

No, you do not need a ticket. The Christmas Fayre is not a ticketed event and everyone is welcome.

How do I get to the Christmas Fayre?

Click here for information on travelling to the Christmas Fayre.

Is the Christmas Fayre dog-friendly?

Dogs on a lead are allowed at the Christmas Fayre. Please bear in mind that during busy times, some areas can become congested which can cause distress in dogs who are not used to being in large crowds. There are quiet areas at the back of the Abbey Gardens which may be more suitable for dogs. Water stations are available outside the Park Keeper’s Office in the Abbey Gardens. Dogs are not permitted on the Park & Ride coaches, except for assistance dogs.

Where can I park?

Click here for a Christmas Fayre parking map. The Christmas Fayre Park & Ride coaches are fully accessible and the drop off points are close to the fayre. The service will run from Saxham Business Park, just off the A14 - postcode IP28 6RX from Thursday at 11am until 8.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 8.30am to 8.30pm and Sunday from 9am to 5.30pm. The Park & Ride service is cash only. It is £15.00 per car. Park & Walk is available at the following locations: West Suffolk College (IP33 3TT) – Saturday and Sunday only - £4.00 Olding Road (IP33 3YE) – Friday, Saturday and Sunday - £3.00 Addition car parking is available at: St Edmundsbury School (IP33 3BJ) – Saturday and Sunday only - £7.00 Greene King (IP33 3PB) – Saturday and Sunday only - £10.00 (£4.00 after 4pm) Priory School, Shaker’s Lane (IP32 7BH) Saturday and Sunday - £5.00

Is the Christmas Fayre accessible?

We are fully committed to ensuring that, as far as reasonably possible, Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is accessible to all. Below you will find information to assist your visit. Drop-off points During the Christmas Fayre, there will be a drop-off point at Chequer Square – postcode IP33 1QZ. The Chequer Square car park will not be open during this time, however, the drop-off point will provide a close access to the fayre. Car parking There are disabled parking bays in some of the public car parks in the town including St Andrews, Parkway and the Arc/Cattlemarket car parks. The following link will take you to a map on the Parkopedia website - Park & Ride Service The Christmas Fayre Park & Ride coaches are fully accessible and the drop off points are close to the fayre. The service will run from Saxham Business Park, just off the A14 - postcode IP28 6RX from Thursday at 11am until 8.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 8.30am to 8.30pm and Sunday from 9am to 5.30pm. Public toilets Fully accessible toilets are available at the Abbey Gardens, Ram Meadow car park and the Bus Station.

Where are the toilets?

Toilets are located in the following locations: The Abbey Gardens The Apex The Arc shopping centre The Bus Station The Library Moyse’s Hall Museum

Where are parent & baby facilities?

Parent and baby facilities are available in the following locations: The Apex The Library Moyse’s Hall Museum

Where are the nearest cashpoints?

Cashpoints are available throughout the town centre, including at the following locations: Barclays Bank, 20-22 Cornhill Halifax, 58 Cornhill HSBC, 54 Abbeygate Street Lloyds TSB, 9 Buttermarket Lloyds TSB, 28-34 Risbygate Street Marks & Spencer, 23 Buttermarket Nationwide Building Society, 11 Buttermarket Natwest, 7 Cornhill Royal Bank of Scotland, 24-26 Cornhill Antander, 57 Abbeygate Street

Where are the first aid points?

First aid points, provided by St John Ambulance, are available in the Abbey Gardens and the Apex.

Where is a good meeting place?

There is a designated meeting place in Abbey Gardens, close to the Abbey Gate.

Where do I find additional information?

We have put together some Top Tips, including information about travelling with children and choosing the time of your visit. Please click here to view our Top Tips. If you have any questions that we haven’t answered, please get in touch by emailing us at:


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