Christmas is a big deal in Barnet – who doesn’t need some festive cheer? The first highlight of the season, Barnet’s annual Christmas Fayre, is coming up on Sunday 1st December.
This free event sees communities coming together to celebrate what we offer each other and to raise awareness of local charities at this special time of the year. This year’s Fayre has been organised by Barnet Borough Arts Council and The Bull Theatre in partnership with Barnet and Southgate College, The Spires Shopping Centre and Churches Together for Chipping Barnet.
The event is supporting the Mayor of Barnet’s chosen charities – Cherry Lodge Cancer Care and Home-Start Barnet. There’ll be donation buckets stationed all around the event, so please give what you can when you come across one. Every little helps.
The Fayre will be opened at 12 noon by Mayor, Cllr Caroline Stock, who will cut a ribbon in the High Street near Barnet Church and then proceed to the marquee on The Christmas Courtyard to formally welcome everyone and open the event. This will be followed by a visit from Santa and his elves as he makes his way to his grotto in historic Tudor Hall. Following on in the marquee will be a full and exciting programme by our local dance groups, plus singing and fun and games with various characters from The Bull Theatre’s Christmas Panto “Aladdin”.
Stalls line both sides of the High Street, continuing through The Spires and out to the Teenage Market by the bandstand. The Christmas Courtyard (Barnet and Southgate College Forecourt) will be host to a Craft Fair this year, as well as housing Father Christmas in Tudor Hall.
Live music, singing and choirs in St John the Baptist Church and The Spires including our very own Big Choir, The Singing Heart Choir and the Natural Voice Choir. Wesley Hall has a Christmas Café, plus choirs and a Children’s Art Event; buskers (unplugged) will play along the High Street and in The Spires. At The Bull Theatre there will be three showings of their Christmas Show – “A Toy’s Tale” at 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm.
St John’s Ambulance is situated across from MacDonald’s in the High Street, and any lost children should be taken to The Bull Theatre.
The day would not happen without help from the Police Officers who keep the crowds of visitors safe, and a huge team of wonderful volunteers, including the newly formed Bull Theatre Players.
See you there! (And please note local roads will be closed 8.30am-7.30pm.)