‘It’s fame has spread’: Meet the traders travelling from all over the country to Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is now well under way with thousands of shoppers set to visit the town centre over the next three days.
The fayre is held around the town centre this weekend (November 21-24) and contains fayre rides, street food as well as stalls selling a whole range of products.
This morning (Friday, November 22) traders told the Bury Free Press they were loving the atmosphere and that the fayre had become ‘famous’.
Hilary Adanali said her stall Dream Blue is bringing a Turkish flavour to Bury St Edmunds, with a selection of throws, cushion covers, ceramics and treasures.
But Hilary herself is from Bath and has made the 200-mile journey because she has heard about the quality of the stalls on offer.
She said: “It is my first time here and it has been really good so far. I have really liked the atmosphere and the music coming from the stand has been great.
“I’ve come from Bath, so a long way. I heard about it from speaking to other stallholders, they said it was really good. Its fame has spread!
“It is said to be one of the top two or three in the country.”
Another to make a journey is Laura Bullock of the Tunbridge Wells Dog Biscuit Company.
“It’s the third year I have done it,” she said. “It is a great atmosphere, and it is in a beautiful setting. Lots of people have dogs in Bury St Edmunds, apparently!
She said a bestseller has been a dog biscuit that tastes like a Christmas dinner.
“The Christmas Fayre is making a name for itself,” she added. “The word is spreading.”
Tammy Henderson runs a stall called Shoe Shack, which specialises in fashion. On her second time at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, she said: “I like coming here because it is very British and very Christmassy!
“It has been beautiful, the people are lovely and whatever the weather I know they will be coming out to visit the stalls.”
Trish Carlin-Wickfield is one half of A Sign of Something, a Puckeridge-based art stall, alongside husband Mick. The pair have been coming back to Bury for a decade.
Trish said: “It is a great event for us to sell what we are making. It has one of the best atmospheres, it is well organised and we have lots of interest in our work.”
Victoria King, from Thetford, is a debutant at the market, with her stall Indigo Flamingo - which specialises in doing up antiques and furniture.
She said: “In the past I’ve done a pop-up shop and I thought I would try this out, this year. It is going well. It was a bit quiet yesterday (Thursday) but it picked up in the evening and into today.”