The festival, at Fakenham Parish Church
, is now in its thirteenth year, and will run from Thursday November 28
to Thursday December 5
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.
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