The Beverley Festival of Christmas, proudly supported by The Beverley Arms, will this weekend see the town transform into a festive wonderland with Victorian market stalls, fairground rides and street entertainment.
Visitors to this year’s festival are encouraged to travel via public transport to get into Beverley. Visitors can also make use of the Park and Ride facility set up at Beverley Racecourse (postcode: HU17 8QZ) – which will again be FREE of charge.
Owing to road closures and restricted parking in the market town, the train station located close to the town centre and Flemingate will welcome visitors travelling from all over the region.
Similarly, Beverley Bus Station is located at the heart of the town and the festive action, with services bringing in visitors from places including Hull, Driffield, Pocklington, Bridlington, Hornsea and York.
The first bus will depart from the racecourse at 9am and run every 10 minutes to and from the festival centre. The last bus to return to Beverley Racecourse will be at 5pm. Alternatively, walking from the Park and Ride – and taking in a scenic Westwood walk – is approximately 20 minutes.
The bus service means that visitors will be there on time to see Santa and his reindeer ride the Christmas sleigh from Wednesday Market at 10am, as the first bus will depart from the racecourse at 9am and run every 10 minutes to and from the festival centre.
The event will see three Victorian Christmas Markets including ‘Saturday Market’, ‘Wednesday Market’ and ‘North Bar’ host lots of family friendly entertainment as well as a range of market stalls brimming with festive gifts. There will also be festivities taking place at Flemingate shopping centre.
Each year Beverley Festival of Christmas presents an award to the best dressed stall. This award is dedicated to the event founder John Bird. Congratulations to 2021 winner Black Mill Crafts of Beverley for their fantastic stall selling handmade Christmas decorations, cards and gifts.
The Made in East Yorkshire Christmas market will also be in Saturday Market (main market square) from Wednesday, 7 December until Friday, 9 December (10am – 6pm) and will celebrate all things East Yorkshire.
This market will run prior to the usual Saturday market on 10 December (10am – 4pm) and the hugely successful Beverley Festival of Christmas which will be taking place on Sunday, 11 December (10am – 4pm) and in all will extend the Christmas market offer in Beverley to 5 days.
Cllr Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic growth, investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
“We fully expect the festival to bring together a great number of visitors as it has consistently done over the years, so it’s important that a good network of transport into Beverley is in place to make the most of this special event in our calendar.
“We all look forward to this event every year and the appetite from the public to attend and support our local businesses is nothing short of phenomenal. It is such a joyful time of the year, and I would encourage residents and visitors to the East Riding to take full advantage of the fantastic stalls we have on offer this year.”
Nikki Dixon, marketing director at Daniel Thwaites PLC, added:
“It continues to be an honour for The Beverley Arms to be so heavily involved with and a key supporter of the Festival of Christmas.
“We’re incredibly thankful to the local community who support our business, and this year we’re excited to tell visitors, both local and those from further afield, more about our company, Daniel Thwaites of which The Beverley Arms is a key part of.”
A full list of all stalls stationed at this year’s Beverley Festival of Christmas can be found here: https://www.beverleyfestivalofchristmas.co.uk/beverley-festival-of-christmas/bfoc-stalls/
For further information, including a full schedule of events and FAQ’s, visit the website: www.beverleyfestivalofchristmas.co.uk/home/