Wells Christmas Tide Festival 2018


THE BIGGEST event in Wells-next-the-Sea’s festive calendar is just a few weeks away – and we want everyone in the town to join in the fun.

 Due to the tides, this year’s festival is taking place a little earlier than usual – on Saturday 24th November – to enable Santa to make dry land at a time that isn’t too late for younger children.
 And once again we have arranged an all-day jamboree of entertainment suitable for the whole family leading up to the big moment.
 Dave the Piper will signify the start of proceedings when he fires up his bagpipes and parades down Staithe Street at 10am.

 The town’s main shopping street will then remain the focus of the festive fun as a whole host of acts keep visitors entertained along its length from 10.30am to 8pm.

 Residents and businesses should note that Staithe Street will be closed to traffic along its entire length from 10am to 8pm on the day for reasons of public safety.

 Entertainers will include the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers, Fakenham Ukes, Star Wars Crew, Bellfolk, Dandi (Xmas Punch & Judy), Norwich Samba Band, Diddy Long Legs, Charlie Cheesecake, the Fakenham Town Band and Thundermental.

 A fair will be operating on The Quay from 10am onwards and the annual Christmas Tree Festival will take place in the Congregational Hall in Clubbs Lane from 10am to 4pm, from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th November.

 The traditional switching-on of the town’s lights will take place at around 4.45pm at the top of Staithe Street near Arthur Howell’s deli.

 The honour of bathing the town in festive colour will once again go to BBC Look East husband and wife presenters David Whiteley and Amelia Reynolds.

 At 5.15pm children and their parents will parade down Staithe Street towards the harbour with the lanterns they made earlier in the day in readiness for Santa’s arrival.

 The lantern workshop will be situated in the Wells Health Centre car park where there will also be the opportunity to buy seasonal gifts from a variety of crafts and goods stalls throughout the day.

 It is expected that Santa will arrive on the Quay at around 6.15pm before heading for his grotto at Playland amusements in time to see children from around 7pm onwards.

 The traditional fireworks display will take place over the marshes shortly after Santa has stepped on dry land following his long journey down from the North Pole.

 In order to keep the public safe ahead of Santa’s arrival The Quay will be closed to all traffic from 4.30pm to 8pm. We aim to reopen all roads as soon as it is safe to do so.