Festive Shopping Fun...
Shoppers in Bury St Edmunds can look forward to six weeks of festive fun as the town launches its countdown to the big day with a series of activities starting with the switching on of the Christmas lights and the launch of a Christmas Challenge competition.
The town centre improvement organisation Bid4Bury has this year added 25 additional lights to the town’s display which will be seen for the first time at the switch-on event on Thursday 15th November.
Chief Executive of Bid4Bury Mark Cordell said: “This year’s switch on event is building on all the successes of last year. We’ll once again be opening a Christmas Charity market with a packed programme of entertainment during the afternoon on Cornhill and Buttermarket and the penguins who were the stars of last year’s switch on are returning this year along with real reindeer and donkeys.
“In the same week we are launching our Christmas Challenge with a top prize of £100 of shopping vouchers to be spent in the town and our late night shopping evenings in December will also offer free entertainment as well as our world record attempt on Thursday 13th December when we want everyone in the town centre to dress as a Christmas fairy.”
The Christmas Challenge will feature 12 different businesses in the town centre and participants need a stamp from nine of them to be eligible for the prize draw. Full details of how to enter can be found on the entry form which is available from participating Bid4Bury businesses or on the ‘ourburystedmunds’ website.
Launching the competition at Bowers Motorcycles on Risbygate Street, Mark Cordell commented: “The Christmas Challenge involves visiting all sorts of different businesses so if you are looking for a present for someone who is really difficult to buy for you might just find it at the same time.”
Entry forms will be available from Monday 12th November until December 31st.
Parking in the town’s car parks and on town centre streets will be free from 4pm on the switch-on night and all the late night shopping evenings.
On the three December Thursdays before Christmas many shops in the town will be open for late night Christmas shopping until 8pm. There will be entertainment and activities including a ‘find the reindeer’ competition and on 13th December a world record attempt for the most people dressed as a fairy will also take place. Anyone is welcome to take part to help achieve the record and the event will support the West Suffolk branch of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Pictured, left to right Mark Cordell (Bid4Bury Chief Executive), Naomi Townsend (The One Bull) , Sarah Took (Bowers Motorcycles), and Mandy Ditchman (Bowers Motorcycles).