Victorian Fayre still going strong after 20 years

By Tim Clarke Thursday 22 November 2012 Updated: 22/11 16:04

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Buy photos » VisitWorcester's Nadja von Dahlen, Jacqui Davies, Georgia Smith and Tourist Information's Ruth Smith and Julie MacBeth looked dressed to impress at next week's Victorian Christmas Fayre. Picture by Martin Humby.

ORGANISERS of the Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre are hoping many of its thousands of visitors will help mark the 20th anniversary celebrations by dressing up in period costume.

The festive hustle and bustle of the fayre will return to the city centre from Thursday (November 29) to Sunday (Dec 2) with more than 130 stalls expected to fill the streets with the sights and smells of Christmas.

And to mark the special milestone organisers VisitWorcester want to see even more shoppers join stallholders and entertainers in wearing Victorian outfits.

Events manager Nadja von Dahlen said: "We have noticed in recent years quite a few visitors, not only stallholders and staff, are attending the event in Victorian costume. As it is our 20th anniversary we would like to invite even more members of the public to join in with the Victorian theme by wearing costumes to make the special atmosphere even stronger."

This year's fayre includes about 30 new stallholders offering a mix of beautiful arts and crafts and mouth-watering food and from Friday the stalls will stretch into the Guildhall.

Among the new faces there will also be plenty of familiar ones including Chris Brookes, from Ombersley-based Boreley Pig Roast, who has been helping to keep fayre visitors well fed for the past decade.

He said: "It's a great event with such a lovely atmosphere. It's good fun getting dressed up and we have plenty of laughs as people are always in a good mood. It's a big event and takes a lot of organising but VisitWorcester do a great job."

During the fayre there will be more than 90 free performances of music and dance including The Elgar School of Music, Worcester Ukulele Club, The Whole Caboodle Celidh Band and a host of bands, school choirs and dance groups.

Venues including a candle-lit Greyfriars House, St Swithun's Church and Worcester Cathedral will also be throwing open their doors to host festive entertainment.

The fayre will be open on Thursday from 4pm to 9pm, Friday from 11am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 8pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

To see the full list of stalls, entertainment schedule and to download an event programme visit www.visitworcester.com/christmasfayre

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