Festival to return to village

Long Melford gets in to the festive mood with a Christmas Festival next month.

After the success of its festival last year, the village is once again playing host to the seasonal fair, which takes place up and down Hall Street on Saturday, December 8.

As well as brightly-decorated shops to visit, there will be entertainment by local musicians, including the Salvation Army band, the Belcanto Buskers, Episode 2 and a lone bagpiper, who will be walking up and down the high street.

Morris dancers and The Friendship Dancers will also be taking part in the festival, which starts at 11am

Emma Butler Smith, from the events team of the Long Melford Business Association, said: “It’s hard to believe that we are already thinking of Christmas as the leaves are only just changing colour but, as the school children in the village will excitedly tell you, it isn’t long now.

“Santa and the fairy lady will be there to add to the magical atmosphere and there will be the traditional Punch and Judy show with all their antics to get you in the spirit. Everyone in the village is looking forward to welcoming people from near and far.”

Organisers have arranged for a children’s fun fair to come, along with donkey rides and face painting. There will also be seasonal treats such as roasted chestnuts.