Sherborne will once again light up for Christmas with a ‘Love a Local Christmas’ Festive Shopping Day on Sunday 8th December from 10am–4pm. Organised by Sherborne Chamber of Trade & Commerce and supported by Sherborne Town Council, the event offers a great family day out and will also raise funds for The Friends of the Yeatman Hospital and Help for Heroes.
Sherborne’s Festive Shopping Day is always well supported as the town puts on a whole host of different musical, fun and entertaining activities. The main shopping area of Cheap Street is closed to traffic enabling street performers, choirs, bands, orchestras, carollers and ‘Victorian’ chestnut roasters to provide entertainment and The Abbey Church will have special drop in services throughout the day. Cheap Street Church will also stage its ever popular Christmas Tree Festival with dozens of twinkling trees all delightfully decorated.
The Pannier and Dorset Farmers’ Markets will both be in full swing in Cheap Street all day while an Artisan Makers’ Market takes place at the Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road from 10am-4pm (organised by and in aid of Sherborne Community Arts Centre Trust).
There will be plenty of fun for children too, including the annual shop window competition (sponsored by The Toy Box, with a £30 gift voucher prize for the lucky winner). Children just need to ‘Spot the Santa’ in shop windows around the town for a chance to win. Entry forms are available from The Toy Box in Cheap Street and Butterfly Bright in Digby Road. Santa will of course be taking up residence once again in his Post Office Grotto where every little person receives a gift from him (in return for a small entry fee of £2). A Children’s Festive Craft Workshop, making angel Christmas cards and lanterns (that can then join in the procession) takes place from 12.00 – 3.30pm at The Rendezvous Centre, organised by Artslink in association with TakepArt. There will also be a panto moment for children and the young at heart as some of the cast from The Octagon Theatre’s Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs drop by during the day.
Once again The Friends of the Yeatman Hospital volunteers have organised exciting vintage car rides around the town – these are not to be missed and will be located at the very top of Cheap Street this year.
Visitors will of course be able to browse Sherborne’s wonderful shops, all offering great ideas for Christmas gifts, treats, pampering and entertaining as well as countless places to rest a while and enjoy something to eat or drink in the many coffee shops, restaurants and pubs the town has to offer. Don’t forget the award-winning Christmas display at Castle Gardens too, just a 15 minute stroll from the town centre, which is open from 9am-6pm every day including Sunday.
The highlight of the day will be a magnificent illuminated lantern procession along Cheap Street by The Gryphon School before Santa himself turns on hundreds of Christmas lights on the tree at The Conduit around 4.15pm after which everyone goes home after a really festive family day out!
This year visitors can follow all the news of what’s happening on twitter @shopinsherborne where the aim is to ‘Love a Local Christmas’ this year.
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