This information is for local residents and businesses to update you on plans for the 2018 Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre. We appreciate your patience during the build-up and staging of the event, and are pleased to provide information on the local traffic and access arrangements that will be in place. We also hope that you will join us at the Fayre and enjoy the event!
The Fayre will open on Thursday 29 November at Midday with the official opening ceremony taking place from 4.45pm with a community Carol service taking place at Worcester Cathedral followed by the official opening in the Cornmarket at 5.30pm. Stalls are selected and managed by our market operator LSD Promotions, including the popular ‘local quarter’ in Friar Street, where all of the products on sale will have been made within 30 miles of the city.
The Fayre area
The Fayre will be located in New Street, Friar Street, Pump Street, High Street, the Cornmarket and Cathedral Square. The Fayre team will also be working closely with our local market in Angel Place and Crowngate Shopping Centre.
Businesses wishing to trade outside of their premises during the event should call LSD Promotions on 01384 877336 or email email@example.com. As always, any businesses looking to trade outside of their premises should be confident that they comply with the City’s current regulatory standards, trade within their agreed licenses, and have all the necessary insurance, safety documentation and equipment.
A full programme of entertainment has been planned for the weekend, with a number of traditional Victorian entertainers lined up to amuse the crowd and plenty of Christmas music as carol singers fill the streets. Programmes will be distributed in the weeks before the event, please take a copy to see details and timings of entertainment.
Entertainment stages will be located in Cathedral Square, Bell Square and at the Cardinals Hat, with additional performances taking place on New Street, the Shambles and around the city centre.
Access during the event
Please be aware that Cornmarket Car Park will be closed from the afternoon of Wednesday 28 November until the morning of Monday 3 December. Signage will be in place, but businesses are advised to make customers aware of this where possible.
Businesses and residents who normally have access to private off road parking spaces which are inaccessible during the event may be eligible for a FREE parking permit at St Martin’s Gate car park to cover the period of the event. For more information, please contact the team on 01905 722374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To try to minimise the impact on traffic, a Park and Ride service will be in operation from County Hall on both Saturday and Sunday. All visitors will be encouraged to use these where possible. In addition, Fayre stallholders have been offered car parking outside of the city centre to alleviate the impact on local residents and visitors.
The Victorian Christmas Fayre takes place in Worcester city centre and access to this area will be restricted through the opening hours of the event and during stallholder set up and breakdown. Full details of the times and locations for the road closures and traffic restrictions will be published nearer the time.
Dedicated stewards will work with West Mercia Police to try and help anyone with legitimate access needs in the areas covered by road closures.
We recommend that deliveries are re-scheduled to times outside of the Fayre weekend in order to avoid inconvenience. Vehicles will not be allowed access once the road closures are in place so deliveries during this time will need to be brought in by foot.
Thank you from us
Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre benefits the whole county of Worcestershire in a variety of ways and contributes an additional boost to the economy of more than £7.3 million a year. However, we are aware that not everyone enjoys or gets a direct benefit from the event and we could not run this event without the support and understanding of locals who we know can be inconvenienced.
Your needs are considered at every stage of the planning for the event but we understand there will necessarily be an impact on a number of people affected by the road closures and additional visitors to the city. The entire event team will work to keep any disruptions to a minimum and appreciate your support at this time.
If you would like to speak to somebody before the event, please contact the Fayre team on 01905 722374 or by email email@example.com
The Fayre office emergency contact number if you need to speak to someone during the trading hours of the Fayre will be 07720 208168.