This festive season has seen the Stowmarket Christmas Fayre become one of the county’s biggest Christmas events, hosting a record-breaking number of visitors to the town.

Thousands of people flocked to Stowmarket on Sunday, 26 November to browse market stalls by local and regional traders. Independent businesses filled the town centre selling everything from Christmas wreaths to handmade candles. The Marketplace was packed with people sampling the array of food and drink on offer, free fairground rides and listening to the live festive music from John Peel Centre. Stalls continued at the Food Museum, leading to an enchanting ice rink, animals, and mini makers market in the Barn.

In St Peters and St Mary’s Church the Christmas Tree Festival was lit up with Christmas trees decorated by the local community. The Regal sold out two showings of Santa’s Christmas Wish. The Mix held a Mixmas craft market which boasted a selection of handmade goods needs. Stowmarket Library held a free festive children’s craft. Red Gables hosted another successful charity fair. Over 20 charities attended the event offering a variety of games, activities, crafts, and gifts.

The local businesses who opened their doors experienced a busy day with many people visiting Stowmarket’s independent shops for their Christmas presents, and a chance to sit down and have a coffee in the warmth.