Sherborne Festive Shopping
Look out for Sherborne Festive Shopping day on Sunday, 2 December from 10am to 4pm with free parking in all council car parks across town.
Festive Shopping Day is organised by volunteers from Sherborne Chamber of Trade, and supported by Sherborne Town Council, Sherborne Cottages and Apartments, The Paddock Project, Sherborne Girls School, Abbey104 FM and both of the town’s Rotary Clubs. The town’s increasingly popular ‘Love a Local Christmas’ event is free-entry and offers a fabulous family day out, whilst 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 balloon modellers, face painters and a stilt walker; dancing from (amongst others) the Black Rock Dancers and Dance Academy; ukulele treats from Yeovil Ukulele Group; singing from the choirs of Sherborne Girls, Leweston School and members of Sherborne Chamber Choir, not to mention the wonderful Sherborne Abbey Choristers. Sherborne Town Band and festive bagpipes.
The main shopping area of Cheap Street and Digby Road will both be closed to traffic to allow for the street entertainment, market stalls and much more, with Abbey104 FM broadcasting live all day from The Conduit.
Alongside delicious local produce, pop up shops and stalls will offer individual and imaginative gifts for all the family. Every year, the shops outdo themselves with their beautiful Christmas displays and window dressings, and are full with gift ideas for everyone you can think of! The town’s many coffee shops, pubs and restaurants are alive with people enjoying delicious festive treats, and the grown-ups can even enjoy a glass or two of mulled wine whilst soaking up the seasonal atmosphere.
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 a small entry fee of only £2).
Carol services will be held in the Abbey throughout the afternoon. Visitors are welcome to attend, and to enjoy the stunning backdrop of its spectacular ceiling-high Christmas tree and traditional Nativity scene. 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. At 4pm, the parade will gather at the top of Cheap Street ready for the off. Everyone is welcome to join in as the parade makes its way down Cheap Street towards the Conduit, where the town’s Christmas Tree is then illuminated. The day ends just in time for visitors to join Sherborne Abbey’s annual family-friendly Christingle service at 5pm. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!