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From Formula One to Gardeners’ World – your guide to the 20th Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre

PUBLISHED: 12:02 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:02 25 May 2017

Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds.

Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds.

In 20 years the Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre has grown from a flower and plant market to two day event full of family fun and attractions.

Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds. Left to right, Mollie and Maddie Bickers. Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds. Left to right, Mollie and Maddie Bickers.

This year the is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Here is your guide to the event and what you can expect over the two days.

When is it?

The Whitsun Fayre starts on Sunday, May 28 and continues throughout the Bank Holiday Monday.

Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds. Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds.

It runs from 10am to 4pm on both days.

Where is it?

The fayre runs across the historic town centre and the Arc shopping centre.

Events will be held on the Buttermarket, Cornhill, Angel Hill, Langton Place, Charter Square, The Traverse, Abbeygate Street, and in Charter Square (Arc shopping centre).

What is going on?

Sunday, May 28

Outside Moyse’s Hall (Gardeners’ Stage):

• Celebrity gardener Katie Rushworth from ITV’s Love Your Garden – at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

• Gardener Graham Maynard will be talking about his work and taking questions – at 12noon

• Florists Tudor Rose will be talking about their work and giving demonstrations – at 2pm

The Traverse:

• The Beach will be back in town. Sand and deckchairs, all free of charge – 10am to 4pm

Cornhill and Buttermarket:

• Plant and flower stalls – the ever-popular plant and flower stalls return. From 10am to 4pm

• Fairground rides will return to the Cornhill and arc Shopping Centre, from 10am to 4pm

Angel Hill:

• Motorsports car show – returning for a second year on the Angel Hill, will be the popular Motorsports Car Show from 10am to 4pm

• Formula One Simulator – the free to try the replica F1 show car simulator returns. The simulator is designed for F1 drivers and offers a realistic experience. From 10am to 4pm

Abbeygate Street:

• Mini-Farm - the family-favourite, mini-farm gives children the chance to meet a variety of animals including pygmy goats, miniature pigs, an alpaca, a miniature horse and more. From 10.30am to 3.30pm

Arc Shopping Centre (Charter Square):

• Children’s board games will be available for free in the Arc, from 10.30am to 3.30pm

• Fairground rides will return to the Cornhill and arc Shopping Centre, from 10am to 4pm

Langton Place:

• Sense-o-matic Experiments. The free experiments are all about testing your senses. At 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Across Town Centre:

• Face painting and street entertainment will be taking place across the town in various locations, from 10am until 3.30pm

Monday, May 29

Outside Moyse’s Hall (Gardeners’ Stage):

• Celebrity gardener Joe Swift from BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World – at 11am and 2pm

• Local wood sculptor John Williams will be talking about his work and answering questions – at 12noon

• Local gardener from Bury In Bloom Melanie Lesser will be talking about her work and answering questions – at 1pm

• Florists Tudor Rose will be talking about their work and giving demonstrations – at 3pm

The Traverse:

• The Beach will be back in town. Sand and deckchairs, all free of charge – 10am to 4pm

Cornhill and Buttermarket:

• Plant and flower stalls – the ever-popular plant and flower stalls return. From 10am to 4pm

• Fairground rides will return to the Cornhill and arc Shopping Centre, from 10am to 4pm

Angel Hill:

• Motorsports car show – returning for a second year on the Angel Hill, will be the popular Motorsports Car Show from 10am to 4pm

• Formula One Simulator – the free to try the replica F1 show car simulator returns. The simulator is designed for F1 drivers and offers a realistic experience. From 10am to 4pm

Abbeygate Street:

• Mini-Farm - the family-favourite, mini-farm gives children the chance to meet a variety of animals including pygmy goats, miniature pigs, an alpaca, a miniature horse and more. From 10.30am to 3.30pm

Arc Shopping Centre (Charter Square):

• Children’s board games will be available for free in the Arc, from 10.30am to 3.30pm

• Fairground rides will return to the Cornhill and arc Shopping Centre, from 10am to 4pm

Langton Place:

• Sense-o-matic Experiments. The free experiments are all about testing your senses. At 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Across Town Centre:

• Face painting and street entertainment will be taking place across the town in various locations, from 10am until 3.30pm

What the organisers say

Chief executive of Ourburystedmunds Mark Cordell said: “This is our biggest and best Whitsun Fayre yet with so much to enjoy over the two days.

“It’s the first time that we have had a stage area and as well as the two celebrity gardeners we will have demonstrations of wood-turning, flower arranging by the town’s Tudor Rose florist and a chance to find out more about the wonderful flowers that can be seen in and around Bury St Edmunds thanks to the Abbey Gardens and Bury in Bloom.

“I’m also very pleased that so many other elements of this event that have been introduced since the Business Improvement District (BID) took it over will be here again.

“I’m sure those who first launched the event in its early days would be proud to think that their creation has grown into this very popular attraction 20 years on.”

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