Weekend of fun at annual festive events

A previous Bungay Christmas Market.

A previous Bungay Christmas Market. - Credit: Nick Butcher

More than 100 stalls will be lining Earsham Street in Bungay on Sunday, December 4, as the annual Christmas Street Market makes a welcome return.

Tiny Tim and Scrooge at a previous Victorian Christmas Evening in Loddon.

Tiny Tim and Scrooge at a previous Victorian Christmas Evening in Loddon. - Credit: Nick Butcher

This year organisers have once again extended the market into the Buttercross to accommodate the amount of stall holders pitching up in the town.

It begins at 9am and Santa will be making an appearance at 11am, before children are invited to visit him in his grotto at the Fisher Theatre.

Youngsters will also be entertained by face painting, balloon modelling and a magician.

Christmas gifts and festive decorations will be on sale during the day alongside refreshments such as mulled wine, hog roast and much more.

The South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band will be serenading shoppers in Earsham Street and there will be a traditional performance from the OCP Glory morris dancers.

Over in Halesworth, the Halesworth Women in Business Group will be putting on in its first Christmas fair, also on December 4, between 10am and 3pm.

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It takes place at Chinny’s Sports Bar’s function room in Norwich Road and will welcome more than 20 stallholders who will be selling handmade and local products including children’s clothing, plants and wreaths from Woottens of Wenhaston, artworks from Dawn Pretty, and game pies, sausage rolls and venison from Truly Traceable.

There will be a children’s craft table including ‘write a letter to Santa’ packs and a raffle with proceeds going to charity.

Loddon and Chedgrave’s Christmas lights will also be switched on that weekend during the annual Victorian Evening.

On Friday, December 2, the shops will be opening late, Santa will be paying a visit and there will be an advent calendar trail.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at Church Plain at 6.30pm and there will be a display of vintage steam engines.

There will be activities for children in Loddon Library, street entertainers, Punch and Judy, carol singing with the Porlingland Singers and activities and stalls in Holy Trinity Church and St John’s Church.

Loddon and District Business Association will also be holding a Children’s Christmas in Chedgrave from 4.30pm to 6pm the same day at the shops on Langley Road. Youngsters can meet Father Christmas, take part in face painting and a fancy dress competition and there will also be food available.