Bury’s Bethlehem comes to the Cathedral...
The annual Christmas Fair at St Edmundsbury Cathedral takes place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November, whilst Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre takes place all around it. New for 2014 visitors are being invited to have their photos taken in a nativity scene, Bury’s Bethlehem, which will be created in the gateway to the Cathedral grounds. Appropriate costumes will be available so you can dress as a wiseman or an angel. In return for a donation, photos will be uploaded to the Cathedral website, from where visitors can download them and use them may be to create their own Christmas cards once they get home.
For the second year, the Cathedral will welcome supporters of EACH to a carol service on the opening day of the town’s Christmas Fayre, Thursday 27 November. At 6 pm a short carol service will take place with music and readings by local school children. All donations will go to the work of EACH, including the presentation of a cheque for £10,000 during the concert, which is a donation being made by the Cathedral as a result of the Reflections Flower Festival held in July.
The usual Christmas Fair stalls will also be available including gifts, cakes, plants and paintings. Don’t miss the Grand Draw also with some great prizes to win, such as tickets for the panto, Cinderella at the Theatre Royal. Shoppers’ Carols will take place in the Cathedral at 12 noon and 2.00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Lasting just 25 minutes, this brief carol service serves as a reminder of what Christmas is all about.
Visitors can enjoy refreshments in the Cathedral’s Refectory which will be open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm on Sunday.
The Cathedral Shop is open daily (Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11.30 am to 4 pm) and also stocks Christmas cards, decorations, Advent calendars and candles and a wide range of gift ideas.
Also new for 2014 there will be a grand second hand book sale on Sunday 30 November from 11.30 am to 4 pm in the Edmund Gallery, facing Angel Hill.
‘We are looking forward to one of our busiest weekends of the year,’ comments Sarah Friswell, Cathedral Public Relations Manager. ‘It is great to work in partnership with so many other organisations in the town to showcase Bury St Edmunds as we enter the Christmas period.’