Lavenham Christmas Fair enjoys three days of festive fun
There was something for everyone at this year’s three day Lavenham Christmas Fair with a host of entertainment, food and music alongside crafts and gifts of all shapes and sizes.
The Fair opened on Friday night with the Christmas tree lights switch on and the arrival of Santa and then continued on Saturday and Sunday.
The popular Ferris wheel and smaller rides kept children and adults entertained, there was candy floss and mulled wine and guest appearances from Mickey Mouse and the Snowman.
Music came from the popular D’Ukes Ukelele Band, the Lavenham Upbeat Contemporary Choir, singer Sabrina Ward and singer/guitarist Mike Gage as well as Sudbury-based singer-songwriter Ben Smith.
On Saturday afternoon visitors and residents could enjoy a guided walk around Lavenham while its spectacular Guildhall was home to a wide range of gifts along with the grand raffle. This offered prizes donated by The Great House and Swan Hotel, Jonathan Lambert Jewellers, Lavenham Butchers, Retail Therapy and a long weekend in Mint Cottage, one of Lavenham’s medieval holiday lets.
Bury Fair Women’s Morris Dancers entertained in the square on Saturday and there were displays of raptors by Lavenham Falconry.
Parking was easier this year with extra parking spaces as the event becomes more and more popular.
Jane Gosling from the fair organising committee said: “The whole weekend has been absolutely brilliant and everyone has been in such a festive spirit. The stallholders have been really happy and there has been a great atmosphere.
“I would say the numbers are a little up on previous years. We have invested a huge amount of work and time into getting the traffic situation right with additional parking and there have been no problems.”
Regis Crepy, chairman of Lavenham Forum, added: “We are delighted with how successful the Christmas nFair has been. It has demonstrated the wonderful spirit within the village and it is a great example of how our businesses and community work together.”