I spent a lovely Saturday wandering round the annual Christmas Fayre in Bury St Edmunds with friends. Although it was quite busy, we couldn’t help but notice that everyone was in high, festive spirits as we all started to feel a little bit more Christmassy.
We started off in the centre of town where there were a few market stalls selling Christmas decorations, warm winter accessories and much more. There was a Santa’s grotto (perfect for those of you with children) and lots of bright Christmas decorations. As we walked through town, we admired the decorated shop windows which added to the Christmas feeling.
We went on down to Abbey Gardens where the main Fayre is held. There were live bands with local talents playing on the main stage and lots of rides; perfect if you’re taking all the family. As we went in the evening, we first looked around the food stalls, deciding on a roast bap after seeing all the many choices.
After eating, we looked around the stalls in Abbey Gardens more closely. There was beautiful handmade jewellery, drinks and pottery to name a few. We went on to explore the traders in the Cathedral Courtyard where we enjoyed a lovely glass of mulled wine and some free popcorn samples. The Athenaeum had more stalls filled with handmade gifts and decorations. I loved the period costumes some of the traders were wearing; it really went well with the market.
After a few hours looking around the market, we made our way back to the car park. It was dark by then, so we were able to enjoy the Christmas lights around town much more. I even caught a look at the world’s smallest pub, The Nutshell, after having heard about it so much from people.
If you get a chance to next year, I would definitely recommend a visit to the Christmas Fayre, whether you choose to go with your friends, kids, or even by yourself.