Tree festival returns to Fakenham Church

Fakenham Christmas trees 380Fakenham’s renowned Christmas Tree Festival returns again at the end of November, and expects to draw crowds from across the country. This year 76 charities will be taking part and there will be 90 trees. Tony Rothe reports.

 
The festival, at Fakenham Parish Church, is now in its thirteenth year, and will run from Thursday November 28 to Thursday December 5 between 10am and 8pm daily.
 
Rev Adrian Bell, vicar of Fakenham, said “This ever popular occasion attracted 25,000 people last year and attracted a number of coaches en route to Thursford. Almost £22,000 was raised for charity - mostly in small coins! During the last 12 years over £250,000 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. Throughout the Festival refreshments are available, including reasonably priced lunches and teas using local produce and homemade cakes and scones.
 
Prayers will be said on the hour for the charities and there will be six Prayer Trees where people can write and leave their own prayers.
 
Fakenham Xmas tree Fest 2012There 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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