Sherborne Festive Shopping Day 2016

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Santa Claus is coming to Town! Christmas lights begin to twinkle, carol singers abound and locals and tourists alike make merry once again for Sherborne Festive Shopping Day!

The historic town of Sherborne will once again light up for Christmas with a free-entry ‘Love a Local Christmas’ Festive Shopping Day on Sunday 4th December from 10am–4pm. Organised by volunteers from Sherborne Chamber of Trade, supported by Sherborne Town Council, Battens Charitable Trust, Adanac, Abbey 104 FM and both of the town’s Rotary Clubs, the event offers a great family day out, while raising awareness for many local charities.

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 allowing street performers, choirs, bands, orchestras, carollers and dancers to entertain, with Abbey 104 FM holding centre stage on The Conduit.

This year Digby Road will also be closed to traffic to allow the festivities to take place in a wider area than ever before.

The Abbey welcomes visitors to join in its joyful shoppers’ carol services, held throughout the afternoon, and to wonder at its magnificent ceiling-high Christmas tree and traditional crib scene. Cheap Street Church stages its ever-popular Christmas Tree Festival too, featuring dozens of twinkling trees, all delightfully and individually decorated.

Dorset Farmers’ Market will be offering delicious local food and drink all day while more pop up shops and stalls than ever seen at this event before will offer gifts galore. Each year, the shops put on their most creative Christmas displays throughout the town and the coffee shops and restaurants are full to bursting with delicious festive treats.

Santa will be taking up residence in his Grotto outside the Post Office, and every little visitor he sees will receive a gift from him (in return for a small entry fee of £2). A shop window competition organised by The Slipped Stitch will keep little ones busy as the grown-ups enjoy the atmosphere in town (and perhaps treat themselves to a mulled wine or two!).

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 enjoy something to eat or drink in the many coffee shops, restaurants and pubs the town has to offer.

Just five minutes from the town centre, Castle Gardens’ award winning Christmas display will be open until 6pm that day.

Visitors can also stretch their legs with a gentle stroll around historic Sherborne, learning more about its ancient past with Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant. The walk starts at 2pm outside the Tourist Information Centre in Digby Road and costs just £5. There is no need to book – just turn up!

As always, the highlight of the event will be a festive and fun parade along Cheap Street, which everyone is invited to join, culminating in the illumination of the Conduit Christmas tree. The day ends just in time for visitors to join Sherborne Abbey’s annual family-friendly Christingle service at 5pm, which is always a wonderful occasion.

Keep up to date with the latest news on Facebook and Twitter @shopinsherborne where Sherborne invites you once more to ‘Love a Local Christmas’.

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