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Festive fun for first Holywells Christmas Fair

PUBLISHED: 14:16 11 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:16 11 December 2016

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016  Susan Pratt from the Reindeer Company

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016 Susan Pratt from the Reindeer Company

The threat of showers couldn't put off hundreds of families at Holywells Park yesterday who came together to celebrate the festive season at the park's first Christmas Fair.

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016 Rable Chorus
Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016 Rable Chorus

The Stable Block, Orangery and Walled Garden were transformed into a buzzing hive of activity as kids and adults enjoyed a host of activities.

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016 Imogen and Leena Wilkinson 7 and 4
Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016 Imogen and Leena Wilkinson 7 and 4

Santa’s sleigh arrived complete with live reindeer outside the Stable Block, alongside a barn owl especially for the occasion.

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016 Amelia Felgate 4 
Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016 Amelia Felgate 4

Elsewhere in the Orangery youngsters enjoyed games and craft activities while mulled juice and roasted chestnuts were on hand to keep the festive-goers warm.

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016 Mya Flewitt 5 ( cor)
Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016 Mya Flewitt 5 ( cor)

Local fundraising groups including the Friends of Holywells Park hailed the success of the day, which was headlined by two performances of the Rabble Choir – East Anglia’s biggest community choir.

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016 Rabble Chorus
Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016 Rabble Chorus

Ipswich borough councillor Sarah Barber said: “It was lovely, a really nice family event with a great atmosphere and seeing lots of families out in the park was really good to see.”

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016 Remaeo Small 1 yr
Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016 Remaeo Small 1 yr

Coupled with the three-day Christmas market around Ipswich town centre, which featured dozens of stalls from hot food and mulled wine to clothes, gifts and accessories, the day was a bumper-offering for festive shoppers.

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016
Rachel and baby Raya BaileyHolywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016 Rachel and baby Raya Bailey

“I think these events are really important,” Ms Barber said.

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016
Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016

“They draw people into the town, encourage them into Ipswich to do their shopping and add some value to the experience of coming into Ipswich.

Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday
10/12/2016 Carol Pratt ( cor) from volunteer gardeners
Holywell Park in Ipswich holds a Christmas Fayre on saturday 10/12/2016 Carol Pratt ( cor) from volunteer gardeners

“It’s really a family fun experience doing Christmas shopping in the town centre, especially for the children.”

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