Victorian fair in Portishead this week

PUBLISHED: 18:29 12 December 2019

Rosemary Little and Kay Rowe from Portishead Floral Art Society
Portishead Victorian Fair
15,12,17

Rosemary Little and Kay Rowe from Portishead Floral Art Society Portishead Victorian Fair 15,12,17

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Portishead will turn the clocks back on Sunday for a Victorian fair, which is the main fundraising event of the year for the town’s Christmas lights.

The smell of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine will waft into the High Street when the town centre will be transformed into a street market of days gone by.

More than 60 stalls, promoting charitable causes and selling Christmas produce, crafts and gifts, will sit alongside live music and street entertainers, while The Poacher will play host to Santa in his grotto and a fun fair in its car park.

The event is expected to draw hundreds of people into the town and continues to go from strength to strength, having been run since the 1970s when a group of townsfolk refused to allow the illuminations to end after the council announced it could no longer fund the Christmas lights.

In true community spirit volunteers organised a small Victorian type market in The Old Mill, then called the White Lion, car park to raise funds to support the lights and the event it has continued to grow each year.

The Victorian fair now stretches from The Old Mill at the beginning of the High Street to the Roath Road junction.

Road closures will be in place from 1-9pm with the event in full swing from 3-7.30pm.

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