Bungay Christmas Street Market

Last weekend saw us up at 5am on Sunday packing Dolly the campervan with our stall paraphernalia and Christmas stock. It was very chilly and thermal long Johns were the order of the day! Fortunately, the weather stayed dry and not too windy, so putting up the marquee at 7am wasn’t the disaster it could have been. After setting up and brewing a life-saving cup of tea on Dolly’s stove we were ready for the arrival of the customers.

It was a wonderfully festive event with a fantastic atmosphere and a bustling crowd of shoppers all day long. We met lots of lovely people and had great fun chatting and sharing the Christmas cheer. There was an amazing hog roast, stalls selling mulled wine, olives, gorgeous looking cakes as well as a large selection of gifts both hand-crafted and vintage. Father Christmas came to visit the town and there was a parade complete with the Town Crier in full regalia.

Bungay is a traditional Suffolk market town and it was in keeping that they chose to entertain the Christmas fair crowds with an exuberant performance by the Molly Men. They are a slightly sinister and rather eccentric variation on the more usual Morris Dancers. Traditionally, the Molly Men would demand money with menaces and they blacken their faces to remain anonymous. We love anything quintessentially English but have to admit to being slightly scared of this particular spectacle!

We did a brisk trade throughout the day and went home with a lot less stock than we arrived with. It is wonderful to think that there will be people opening our creations on Christmas Day and hopefully bringing a smile to their faces! Lots of customers had a go at guessing how many buttons were in the jar, with the closest guess winning one of our dormouse doorstops. It is not as easy as it looks and estimates varied wildly. We will be announcing the lucky winner later today, so watch this space!

Most of all, we were really pleased to have the opportunity to raise some money for the Alzheimer’s Society with the lucky dip Will had prepared last month. People were very supportive and we raised £58.54, which is fantastic – thank you to everyone who had a go or generously donated money. Dementia is an issue which affects many families and we know from personal experience how helpful a charity like Alzheimer’s Society can be during such a difficult time. Several kind contributors shared their heart-breaking stories with us and our thoughts will be them and their loved ones this Christmas… LouLou & Will x

Posted on 12th December 2011 by LouLou

3 comments on “Bungay Christmas Street Market”

[…] thank you to everyone who had a go!  Our very clever winner is Lauren Smyth, who visited us at the Bungay Christmas Street Market and guessed a very close 1,950 buttons.  The actual total, which was pain-stakingly counted by […]

Posted on 18th January 2012 by Farrell & Holmes – Guess how many buttons: winner announced!

What a lovely website and beautiful items you make – it all looks so professional and inspiring! My mother-in-law and I will be having a stall at the Christmas market this year – (our first time at things like this!) – so, looking forward to meeting you, see you then!
PS let’s hope for a dry day…

Posted on 21st October 2012 by Annie B

Thank you Annie, that’s very kind of you. You will enjoy the Bungay Christmas Street Market, it’s a bustling, festive event and is busy all day long! We’re hoping for a dry day too, fingers crossed! If you get a chance, pop over to our stall and say “hello”, it would be lovely to meet you… LouLou & Will x

Posted on 21st October 2012 by LouLou

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