Melksham Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch On

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December 4, 2021

Melksham Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch on 2021

The volunteers who bring Christmas to Melksham are working hard to make 2021 a spectacular come-back!

Saturday 4 December will see the Market Place and Assembly Hall once again full of Christmassy food, drink and gifts, with fairground rides and something for all the family. Father Christmas is also looking forward to visiting Melksham, where he is happy to join us in following our Covid safety guidelines. The Fayre is open from 1pm to 5.45pm, with the much celebrated Melksham Christmas Lights being switched on at 6pm.

Road Closure

In order for the Fayre to take place there are two road closures arranged for Saturday December 4th. The Market Place carpark (taxi rank and disabled bays) and access to Melksham House, Crown House and the Blue Pool will be closed all day until 8pm, to allow for the outdoor stalls and fairground. At 4pm, a wider road closure will be in place, to allow for the crowds that are expected for the switch on. This includes the Market Place roundabout and access from its junctions at Spa Road and King Street, Church Street and the High Street up to Lowbourne Roundabout. There will be exit only from Church Street Car Park and no vehicular access at any other point within the closure.

 

Covid Safety

The event is being organised to be as covid secure as possible. Social distancing will be encouraged at all times, and there is a limit of numbers in the Assembly Hall for the indoor fayre, as well as a one way system. Stallholders and staff will be wearing masks and attendees of the fayre are asked to wear masks indoors and outdoors where possible too.

Sanitiser will be provided around the fayre - inside and outside -but please bring your own and be responsible for you and your family.

To manage the queues for Santa we are arranging tickets to be available for pre-booking for specific time slots. Tickets will be available at the Town Hall from the week before the Fayre. Tickets are £3 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult.

For the 6pm switch on, the best views are from the far side of the Market Place – near Eddy’s and the Market Tavern – so there is no need to crowd around the Town Hall. The lights will be more impressive from further away.

There will also be a video live stream of the Switch On which will be broadcast on the Melksham Town Council facebook page so for those who are unable to attend, you can still enjoy the Christmas Lights Switch on from home.

 

Noise

The fairground will be operating from 1pm to around 7.30pm, outside, so expect the usual happy noise of children enjoying rides and games, and the most fantastic sounds will be at6pm when the lights are switched on amid music, cheering and some spectacular fireworks.

If there are any issues or concerns on the day, please get in touch with staff at the Control Point which will at the front of the Town Hall.

We are looking forward to an uplifting community event, and we are grateful for the many volunteers and staff who are busy preparing to make this event possible, as well as the stalwart Christmas Lights volunteers who are working their usual magic to provide another amazing display of lights for Melksham.

For more information get in touch with Melksham Town Hall on 01225 704187 or towncouncil@melksham-tc.gov.uk. Or for stalls contact Sara on sklroo2@gmail.com or 07826 600088.