The Corn Exchange is due to close this year for regeneration.

The BYF committee will discuss how this will impact the 2024 event and alternative options.

From our 2023 event Wash-Up meeting we identified the need to prioritise recruitment, entertainment and fundraising this year. If you feel you could help in anyway please do get in touch.

Many thanks to everyone who supported 2023 event

Our volunteer Father Christmas and grotto decorators

The Live Bands ALL ON TRIAL and ROUTE 66

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Pulzar Lasershow Productions

Thank you to our 2023 SPONSORS

We run the Festival using the surplus from previous year’s event and sponsorship from local businesses – A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF THEM!

Hall & Woodhouse our main sponsor
Lesley Shand Funeral Service sponsoring the printing of the programmes
Cheap Printing Dorset for printing of our programmes
Kens Kabs sponsor

If your business can also sponsor the 2023 event please get in touch


If you would like to express interest in having a stall at this event in the future please go to our Stall Holders Page

For local businesses within the parish of Blandford Forum we offer a 10% discount on outside pitches to encourage local produce


If any businesses would like to use pitches outside their premises for selling food and drink please let us know – we would prefer to offer locally made produce rather than have to get external stalls. If you are going to be open for the event it would be good to know so that we can make sure we don’t pitch stalls in front of your business.

We have a programme booklet produced and distributed on the evening that contains the programme of events, important information and the words for carol singing. There is an opportunity to advertise your business for the future events, please get in touch if you are interested.

We always need extra help, if you would like to volunteer please email us

Since 2010 our event has provided festive fun for everyone as well as encouraging local shopping with late-night opening. Highlights have always been the children’s lantern parade and community carol singing in the Market Place, market stalls in the streets, Santa’s grotto in the Corn Exchange, live entertainment and fireworks or light displays.

The committee members are all volunteers and since 2021 have really struggled to recruit more help and now only have a few core members. We really want the festival to continue to grow and get better (possibly better than it ever used to be!) but we can’t improve without more help.

We meet once a month on a Thursday evening in the Parish Centre (opposite the Post Office) usually 7.30pm. No previous experience is necessary.

Please email our Chair: 

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