Beverley Festival of Christmas 2019, proudly supported by The Beverley Arms Hotel, will soon see the market town transform into a festive wonderland with Victorian market stalls, fairground rides and street entertainment, with visitors this year encouraged to travel via public transport.
The event, on Sunday, 8 December, attracted over 60,000 visitors last year and owing to road closures and restricted parking in Beverley, the train station – located close to the town centre and Flemingate Shopping Centre – will welcome festival-goers from all over the region.
Beverley Bus Station is also located close to the heart of the town and festive action, with services bringing in visitors from places including Hull, Driffield, Pocklington, Bridlington, Hornsea and York.
Visitors can make wonderful use of this year’s extended Park and Ride facility set up at Beverley Racecourse (postcode: HU17 8QZ) – along with reasonably priced bus fares (adult returns are £1 and children go free of charge, with contactless ticket machines on board accepting Debit, Visa, Apply Pay or Google Pay).
The first bus will depart from the racecourse at 9am and run every 10 minutes to and from the festival centre. The last bus to return to Beverley Racecourse will be at 4.25pm. Alternatively, walking from the Park and Ride – and taking in a scenic Westwood walk – is approximately 20 minutes.
The bus service means that visitors will be on time to see Santa and his Christmas parade from Wednesday Market at 10am, as the first bus departs from the racecourse at 9am and runs every 10 minutes to and from the festival centre.
The event this year will see three Victorian Christmas markets, including Saturday Market, Wednesday Market and North Bar. As one of the newer market areas, North Bar will host lots of family-friendly entertainment as well as a range of market stalls brimming with festive gifts. Festivities will also take place at Flemingate Shopping Centre.
Will Hall, tourism manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We fully expect the festival to bring together a great number of visitors as it has consistently done over the years, so it’s important that a good network of transport into Beverley is in place to make the most of this special event in our calendar.”
This year’s festival will be a poignant one as it is dedicated to John Bird, who sadly passed away earlier this year. John founded the festival 24 years ago and was its honorary chairman, and in dedication to his memory the John Bird Trophy will be presented to the best-dressed stall.
As the perfect warm-up to the festival, Beverley's traditional Saturday Market will still be running as usual on Saturday, 7 December between 9am-4pm.
For further information about Beverley Festival of Christmas, including a full schedule of events, FAQs and a digital map of the festival, visit www.beverleyfestivalofchristmas.com
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