For the first time, the annual Wisbech Christmas Fayre is taking place on a weekend – and all the preparations are well in hand.
Previously the fayre – one of Fenland District Council’s Four Seasons events – has been held on a weekday. But in a move designed to attract even bigger crowds than usual, this year’s will be on Sunday, December 13.
And in another “first”, the fair will feature a skating rink among its many attractions.
About 100 stalls will be spread across the whole town centre, including the Market Place, Horsefair, High Street and Church Terrace. Almost all of them have already been booked, offering all things festive.
There will be stacks of food and drink, including roasted chestnuts and speciality meats and cheeses, as well as handmade gifts and cards and Wisbech Castle will host a craft fair.
The Wisbech Rock Choir will be one of the groups providing musical entertainment, along with Chatteris singer-songwriter Holly Orridge, the Salvation Army Band, the Clarkson Singers and students from the Thomas Clarkson Academy.
Special attractions for children will include various rides, Santa’s sleigh, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen and live reindeer.
Peckover House will be staging a Christmas Celebration and St Peter’s Church will be the venue for Fenland District Council’s annual carol concert.
Free parking will be available at St Peter’s, Somers Road, Chapel Road and in the Horsefair.
Cllr Peter Murphy, the district council’s cabinet member responsible for Four Seasons events, said: “Moving the fayre to the Sunday means it’ll be something the whole family can enjoy together and hopefully that will attract even more people than in previous years. All the plans are now in place. Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind to us.”