Fakenham Church Christmas tree festival
Fakenham’s renowned Christmas Tree Festival returns again at the end of November, and expects to draw crowds from across the country. This year 70 charities will be taking part and there will be 75 trees. Tony Rothe reports.
The festival, at Fakenham Parish Church, is now in its fourteenth year, and will run from Thursday November 27 to Thursday December 4 between 10am and 8pm daily.
This popular event attracted 25,000 people last year and attracted a number of coaches en route to Thursford. Around £23,500 was raised for charity - mostly in small coins! During the last 13 years over £270,000 has been donated to charities taking part.
Inside there will be a Christmas Bazaar selling a wide range of Christmas goods, including Christmas cakes and cards, a Tombola and a Grand Draw. Prayers will be said on the hour for the charities and there will be four Prayer Trees where people can write and leave their own prayers.
There is disabled access throughout the Church and toilet provision as well as a baby changing unit. All ages are welcome to this family occasion, and the festival will be clearly sign-posted in the town.
Entrance to the Festival is free but those attending are invited to bring a bag of coins to place at the charity trees of their choice. Coach parties need to book in advance with the Festival Office.
According to Norfolk Tourist Board, ‘This is a spectacular event not to be missed’
There is ample parking in Fakenham and during the Festival the town Christmas lights will be switched on. Visitors may like to browse around Fakenham’s wide range of shops, including a large department store, and advice will be available on local accommodation.
To find out more, telephone the Festival Office 01328 862268 or log on to the Festival website at www.fakenhamparishchurch.org.uk
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