Fenlander: Here come the reindeer…

11:42 02 December 2012

Heading for Wisbech: the Melsop Farm reindeer. Picture: Mark Bunning

Heading for Wisbech: the Melsop Farm reindeer. Picture: Mark Bunning


It’s not just Santa who’ll be putting in an appearance at the Wisbech Christmas Market this year – his reindeer will be coming along, too.

It is the first time the market will feature real reindeer and they’re certain to be a big draw for the thousands who pour into the town for one of Fenland’s most popular annual events.

Sponsored for the day by the Horsefair shopping centre, they are coming from Melsop Farm Park, near Norwich, and will be on show in Museum Square. Santa and his sleigh will be nearby in the Horsefair itself.

The market takes place on Monday, December 17. It is one of the Four Seasons events organised by Fenland District Council in partnership with town councils and local community groups

Other new attractions this year include street entertainers Phillippe-Philloppe, who were a big hit at the Whittlesey festival in September.

There will also be lots of other singers and performers, including Pedro the Clown, the Foolhardy Folk photography team and the Victorian Strollers.

The market will also feature a crafts market in St Peter’s church hall, a continental market in the Crescent, a Dickensian exhibition in the museum and a Christmas tableau in the Baptist church in Hill Street.

It will be opened by the Mayor of Wisbech at 10.30am. There will be free park and ride all day, with free parking provided by kind permission of Elme Hall Hotel.

There are still a few spaces left for people keen to book a stall at the event. Contact FDC’s markets and events team on 01354 654321 or e-mail marketsandevents@fenland.gov.uk by December 7.


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