‘Tis the season once again when Sherborne comes alive with festive cheer! Christmas lights begin to twinkle all over town; and the fabulous Sherborne Town Band and choirs of carol singers serenade the locals and tourists alike as they spread ‘Joy to the World’ on Sherborne Festive Shopping Day. So don’t get your tinsel in a tangle – make sure you’re in town on Sunday, 3rd December to enjoy the festivities!
Festive Shopping Day is organised by volunteers from Sherborne Chamber of Trade, and supported by Sherborne Town Council, Battens Solicitors, Hunts Accountants, Sherborne Preparatory School, Sherborne Girls, Abbey104 FM and both of the town’s Rotary Clubs. The town’s increasingly popular ‘Love a Local Christmas’ event is free-entry, takes place between 10am and 4pm and offers a fabulous family day out, whilst raising awareness for many local charities.
During the day, the town puts on a whole host of different musical, fun and entertaining activities for all ages. This year includes morris dancing from Hobos Morris, clog dancing from the Treacle Eaters, and choirs from Sherborne Girls, Sherborne Boys, Sherborne Prep and Leweston – not to mention the wonderful Sherborne Abbey Choir. With face painting and balloon animals to entertain the children (and the big kids!) there really is something for all ages. And look out for one of Father Christmas’ very own reindeer walking tall through the town!
The main shopping area of Cheap Street and Digby Road are both closed to traffic to allow for the street entertainment, market stalls and much more, with Abbey104 FM broadcasting live all day from The Conduit.
Delicious local produce will be available, and pop up shops and stalls will offer individual and imaginative gifts for all the family. Every year, the shops outdo themselves with their beautiful Christmas displays and window dressings, and are full to bursting with gift ideas for even the most difficult person to buy for! The town’s many coffee shops, pubs and restaurants are alive with people enjoying delicious festive treats, and the grown-ups can even enjoy a glass or two of mulled wine whilst soaking up the seasonal atmosphere.
Father Christmas will once again be taking up residence in his Grotto outside the Post Office.