Sherborne Chamber of Trade & Commerce
Twinkling trees, music and merriment with Santa in his Grotto, the magic of Jack Frost, balloon-making fairies and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ – it’s 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 6th December from 10am–4pm. Organised by volunteers from Sherborne Chamber of Trade & Commerce, supported by Sherborne Town Council, Battens Charitable Trust, 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. The Abbey Church 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 offers delicious local food and drink all day in Cheap Street while the Artisan Market takes place at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, independent stalls offer seasonal gift ideas and charities look forward to meeting you. Shops put on their most dazzling festive displays throughout the town and coffee shops and restaurants burst with festive treats.
The star attraction is Elsa of ‘Frozen’ fame who poses for photographs with visitors from 2.30pm in Digby Road, before joining crowds at The Conduit to turn on the Christmas Tree lights, following the parade along Cheap Street, at 4.15pm.
Meanwhile throughout the day the Christmas Fairies will be modelling balloons and adding a sprinkling of fairy dust to the proceedings helped along by the Strawberry Jam Clown and magical Jack Frost the stilt walker.
Santa is taking up residence in a splendid new Grotto, which can be found outside Waitrose, when every little person receives a gift from him (in return for a small entry fee of £2). A Children’s Festive Craft Workshop takes place from 12.00-3.00pm at The Rendezvous Centre, organised by Artslink in association with TakepArt, and a shop window competition organised by ‘Gathered’ will keep little ones busy looking for Christmas stars as the grown-ups enjoy the atmosphere in town (and maybe the occasional mulled wine!).
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. There’s the award-winning Christmas display at Castle Gardens too, just five minutes from the town centre, which will be open until 6pm that day.
New this year is a Festive Treasure Trail around the Trendle Street and Digby Road side of town. Just visit Riley’s Bike Shop in Trendle Yard (or any of the participating shops) to get started; then solve clues, discover hidden gems and learn more about the town. Every shop on the trail will tempt with special offers and you can collect a refreshment reward at the end!
Visitors can also stretch their legs with a special Christmas 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 ends at 3pm with Mulled Wine and Tarta de Santiago at Vida Comida in Swan Yard. The cost is £5 plus £3 for the optional Spanish treats.
The highlight of the event will be a festive and fun parade along Cheap Street, which everyone is invited to join, led by colourful musicians and dancers, the ‘Hobos Morris’, before a traditional bagpiper welcomes everyone to the Conduit Christmas Tree around 4.15pm, where choirs will sing and hundreds of lights will be illuminated by Elsa from ‘Frozen’. The day ends just in time for visitors to join Sherborne Abbey’s annual family-friendly Christingle service at 5pm, which is always a very special occasion.
Follow all the news of what’s happening on twitter at @shopinsherborne where Sherborne invites you once more to ‘Love a Local Christmas’.
For further press information contact Liz Burt, Sherborne Chamber of Trade & Commerce: