SHERBORNE is getting ready for the start of the festive season, when the Christmas lights begin to twinkle all over town and the fabulous Sherborne Town Band and choirs of carol singers serenade the locals and tourists alike.
The Festive Shopping Day, on December 3, is organised by volunteers from Sherborne Chamber of Trade.
The town’s increasingly popular ‘Love a Local Christmas’ event is free-entry, takes place between 10am and 4pm and offers a fabulous family day out, while raising awareness for many local charities.
During the day, the town puts on a whole host of different musical, fun and entertaining activities for all ages. This year includes morris dancing from Hobos Morris, clog dancing from the Treacle Eaters, and choirs from Sherborne Girls, Sherborne Boys, Sherborne Prep and Leweston – not to mention the Sherborne Abbey Choir. Abbey104 FM is broadcasting live all day from The Conduit.
The day is supported by Sherborne Town Council, Battens Solicitors, Hunts Accountants, Sherborne Preparatory School, Sherborne Girls, Abbey104 FM and both of the town’s Rotary Clubs.
Father Christmas will once again be taking up residence in his Grotto outside the Post Office, and every little visitor he sees will receive a gift from him (in return for an entry fee of only £2).
Carol services will be held in the Abbey throughout the afternoon. Cheap Street Church stages its ever-popular Christmas Tree Festival too, featuring dozens of twinkling trees, all delightfully and individually decorated.
Castle Gardens’ award-winning Christmas display is just five minutes’ walk from the centre of town and will be open to visitors until 6pm that day.
For those who enjoy something a little different, visitors and locals alike can take a gentle guided stroll around Sherborne with Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant, and learn more about the town’s fascinating history.
The walk starts at 2pm outside the Tourist Information Centre in Digby Road and costs just £5. There is no need to book.
The parade along Cheap Street is always the highlight of the Festive Shopping event. Everyone is invited to join in the parade, which gathers at the top of Cheap Street at 4pm, and culminates in the illumination of the Christmas tree lights at the Conduit. The day ends just in time for visitors to join Sherborne Abbey’s annual family-friendly Christingle service at 5pm.