TOP TIPS

Choose Your Time

The Fayre will open at 12 noon on Thursday 26 November. This will be a great time to come down and preview the stalls and get a real feel for the event without the crowds. Thursday evening is historically locals evening (although you don’t have to be a local!). This evening includes a parade of school children, discounted fun fair rides and lots of shops staying open late. The Fayre is open until 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the evenings are a great time to visit and sample the atmosphere and wander around with a hot chocolate or something stronger! The entertainment and fairground will go on until these times and there will be lots of activities for children. Saturdays and lunchtimes can be particularly busy but offer a great atmosphere but Sunday mornings are more relaxed and a great time for browsers to visit.

Treat yourself

With any popular event and because of the time of year parking can be tricky. Bury St Edmunds is lucky as it has a large amount of reasonably priced car parks, a designated park and ride and additional Christmas Fayre car parks however, the ring roads in and out of town can be particularly busy at peak times (school runs and commuting times particularly on Friday afternoon / early evening) Why not let someone else take the strain and relax and travelling by train, bus or coach, you will also be able to treat yourself to a steaming hot mulled wine or a tasty Bailey’s hot chocolate. More info on travel and parking.

If you prefer to drive and particularly if you do not know the town the park and ride service will operate between 8.30am Friday 27 November to 6pm on Sunday 29 November. Situated just off the A14 this means there will be none of the stress associated with negotiating busy roads and map reading whilst looking out for the signs!

Travelling with Children

Christmas is a great time for children and families and Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is where Christmas begins. If you are coming with children don’t forget that fairground rides will be discounted on Thursday 26th November and there will be lots of children’s activities in the Abbey Gardens (near to the excellent Children’s play area) on all three days.  Our programme highlights mother and baby facilities and changing rooms and our churches offer a quiet place to rest and relax. Take a look at our Travelling with Children top tips!

Be prepared

Dress to impress! The weather plays a big part in Christmas events so make sure you are dressed comfortably. Layers are best as although the market is outdoors we have three great indoor venues as well as many wonderful shops. Bury St Edmunds is a lovely old town and some streets can be hilly and cobbled and the Abbey Gardens has covered grassy areas – not the best place to show off your new shoes.

Plan ahead

There is so much to see and do at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre you will struggle to fit in everything in one day. Why not make a weekend of it and stay at one of our elegant hotels, quaint B&B’s or a tucked away country cottage.
Bury St Edmunds and Beyond website has lots of ideas on where to stay and other attractions within Suffolk. The Christmas Fayre map and programme will be available in mid-October, this will include ideas on where to eat, town centre shops and all six venues of the Fayre detailed on one easy to read map.

Take A Break!

Although Bury St Edmunds as a wonderful selection of cafes, tearooms, pubs and restaurants sometimes you just want somewhere quiet where you can have a reasonably priced cuppa and time to sit down and take the weight of your feet in the warm. The following places provide reasonably priced refreshments, toilets and plenty of seating. Some also have music, craft stalls and good value lunches to tempt you.

Country Markets – Oddfellow Hall, 85 Whiting Street, open Friday and Saturday 8.30am – 4pm

Ivy Joan Makers Market – Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street open Friday and Saturday 9.30am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Constitutional Club – Guildhall Street open from 12 noon on Friday and Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.

St Mary’s Church, Crown Street open Friday and Saturday 9am until 5pm.

Don’t forget your friendly Tourist Information Centre

Tourist Information points are located throughout the town: the Cathedral Shop on Angel Hill and The Apex in the arc shopping centre.

All are open during the Fayre and all have experienced friendly staff to help you plan your day.

If you have any questions about our Christmas Fayre please contact:

Sharon Fairweather
Market Development Officer
Christmas Fayre Office
West Suffolk House
Western Way
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 2LT

sharon.fairweather@westsuffolk.gov.uk

When is the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre?


This years’ Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre takes place from Thursday 21 November to Sunday 24 November.




What are the opening times of the Christmas Fayre?


The Christmas Fayre is open: Thursday 21 November – 12pm to 8pm Friday 22 November – 9am to 8pm Saturday 23 November – 9am to 8pm Sunday 24 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. 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 - https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/info/parking_in_bury_st_edmunds 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: christmas.fayre@westsuffolk.gov.uk





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