Wells Christmas Tide Festival 2016
Please take a minute to memorise this date and pop it in your diary – Saturday 3rd December, 2016.
That’s the day of this year’s Wells Christmas Tide Festival, one of the most eagerly awaited events in our town’s annual social calendar.
Last year we, the organising committee, extended the event into an eight-day affair featuring a Christmas crafts marquee and an entertainments tent on The Buttlands.
But some horrendous weather conditions and some unforeseen glitches meant that the larger format wasn’t the unqualified success we had hoped for.
This year all the fun and frolics are being re-focused onto Staithe Street, and we want Wells traders to sprinkle the town’s main shopping thoroughfare with festive stardust.
Businesses are being urged to set up stalls outside their shops and ‘light up’ the town by decorating their windows and buildings with sparkling illuminations.
Traders from outside the town are also being invited to set up stalls in the Health Centre car park and on Staithe Street car park (subject to the works at The Maltings).
If you would like to book a pitch please contact Mel Catton at Mr C’s or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The festival fun starts at 10am on Saturday when a host of street entertainment events begin all over the town.
These include the Norwich Samba Band, the Thundermental street performers, the Dickensian Ding Dong, the Ukelele Elves and a host of street buskers.
Things will start to get really festive at 5pm with the traditional turning on of the town’s Christmas Lights by BBC Look East husband and wife presenters David Whiteley and Amelia Reynolds.
This will be followed by the traditional lantern parade down Staithe Street to The Quay where the crowds will assemble in readiness for Santa’s arrival by boat, the opening of his grotto and a fantastic fireworks display.
We have applied to close Staithe Street from 10am until 7pm and the Quay will be closed from 4pm to 8pm to facilitate Santa’s arrival from the cold, windswept north.
And North Norfolk District Council has kindly agreed to waive parking charges for the Stearman’s Yard and Staithe Street car parks on the day.
A number of fundraising events will also be taking place in the run-up to December, including a supper at The Crown Hotel.
For further details of events ‘like’ www.facebook.com/xmastide on Facebook, follow @WellsXmasTide on Twitter and keep an eye on The Quay and the local press.