Everything you need to know about the event on Saturday, December 4


Festive food, gifts galore and a host of Christmas entertainment are expected to draw crowds at Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre on Saturday (December 4).

But the event’s organizer, Bishop’s Stortford City Council, has asked people not to attend if they show symptoms of Covid-19, if they have to self-isolate when they return from overseas or if they have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

The council launched this plea on its Facebook page at lunchtime on Sunday (November 28) in light of the emergence of the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus.

The downtown section between South Street / Station Road junction and North Street / Hadham Road junction will be closed for 11 hours. Image: Vikki Lince

It was announced on Sunday that a third case had been detected in the United Kingdom: a person who visited the district of Westminster in London but is no longer in the United Kingdom. The first two cases – in Brentwood and Nottingham – were confirmed on Saturday (November 27).

Officials said the three cases were linked to travel to southern Africa, where the new variant, which has a higher risk of reinfection, was first identified and reported to the World Health Organization since ‘South Africa Wednesday November 24.

In response, the UK government announced that face masks will be mandatory in shops and on public transport in England, and arrivals in the UK are expected to undergo PCR testing from Tuesday.

Bishop's Stortford Christmas Party 2019 featured a real reindeer at Coopers of Stortford.  Image: Vikki Lince
Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Party 2019 featured a real reindeer at Coopers of Stortford. Image: Vikki Lince

Meanwhile, at Stortford’s Christmas Fayre, to accommodate the expected crowds, road closures will be in place to accommodate over 100 stalls and to walk through the town center.

They will come into effect on Saturday from 6 a.m. and will remain in place until 7 p.m., with access only for pedestrians and emergency vehicles.

The closures will run from the junction of North Street with Hadham Road, along Market Square, Potter Street and South Street to its junction with Station Road. High Street will be closed until the junction of Basbow Lane. There will only be access to Apton Road and detours will be in place.

During the same period, the one-way systems at Church Street, Water Lane and Barrett Lane will be suspended, allowing vehicles to travel in both directions.

There will be fairground rides on North Street.  Image: Vikki Lince
There will be fairground rides on North Street. Image: Vikki Lince

In addition, Church Street, Apton Road, Newtown Road, Water Lane and Barrett Lane will have a weight restriction of 7.5 tonnes.

Windhill21 Primary Schools and St Michael’s CofE offer parking for visitors to Fayre in exchange for donations to school funds.

The city council said: “Unfortunately, any road closure almost inevitably causes inconvenience to a minority of people. eliminate it completely. “

Crowds watch the Punch and Judy show at Bishop's Stortford Christmas Fayre 2019. Image: Vikki Lince
Crowds watch the Punch and Judy show at Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre 2019. Image: Vikki Lince

Regarding the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, he added: “We ask the general public and traders not to attend Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre if they have symptoms of Covid-19, if they have traveled to it. stranger and must self-isolate on their return, or they have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

“The fayre has been reduced in size and the stalls are separate, but historically there have been crowds at the fayre. Please determine if you would be comfortable in a crowd, if there was one. We encourage you to pay attention to others and keep your distance. “

Hot chestnuts will be among the festive dishes offered at the fayre
Hot chestnuts will be among the festive dishes offered at the fayre

In addition to specialized stands, le fayre – which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – will integrate the regular Saturday market and the monthly farmers and crafts market.

  • In North Street there will be a funfair, Santa will be in his cave at Intercounty estate agents and the Salvation Army group of Bishop’s Stortford will perform outside of Florence Walk in 2 p.m. to 3 p.m..
  • There will be troops of traveling entertainers: A team of magical Christmas elves will take to the streets of 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Ice Queen waders will show off their skills of 12 p.m. to 4 p.m..
  • Anna and Elsa, Disney movie characters Frozen, meet and welcome young people from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a “bubbleologist” will add to the gaiety of 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m..

In South Street, a performance area will feature:

  • 9:30 Cara and Jodi
  • 10:20 a.m. Bishop’s Stortford Music Center
  • 11:15 a.m. Bishop’s Stortford Ukulele Society
  • 00:15 Stortford Wood
  • 1:05 p.m. Beautiful belly
  • 13:35 Announcement of the winner of the Isabel Hospice Christmas window contest
  • 13:55 Bishop’s Stortford Brass Orchestra
  • 15:55 Clark and Johnson

A second performance space on the terrace of Host in Market Square will include:

  • 11am Choir Somewhere To Sing
  • 12:15 Rock choir
  • 3:10 p.m. KBD dance
  • 3:30 p.m. Italia Conti Partners Bishop’s Stortford