Its always a struggle to find different and special Christmas presents but a trip to Sherborne is sure to enable you to delight all the receivers of your gifts! Christmas has started early with the trees going up as I write this blog and some of our shops already decked out with their beautiful Christmas displays. If, like me, you refuse to even think about Christmas until the 1st December (despite our first Christmas party being on the 24th November) then you might like to join us for Sherborne Festive Shopping Day on the 4th December 2016 between 10am – 4pm!
The main shopping area of Cheap Street and Digby Road are 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 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).
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.
Follow this with a delicious supper sampling our new a la carte menu or tasting menu here at the Eastbury. Too tired to go home why not stay the night on one of our festive Stay & Dine December offers.
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