This year’s event will be

Friday 2nd December 2022

5pm – 9pm

FREE EVENT however donations can be given at barriers into town


STALL BOOKINGS

Stalls: Please email if you would like a stall at this years event
Indoor Stalls (Corn Exchange) : These are reserved for local charities email us

If any local cafĂ© or restaurants would like to use pitches outside their premises for selling food and drink please let us know ASAP – we would prefer to offer locally made produce rather than have to get external stalls.


ROAD CLOSURES

The centre of Blandford Forum will be closed from 16.00 to 22:00,

More details to follow..


LOCAL BUSINESSES

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, please get in touch if you are interested.


LANTERN PARADE

Lantern Parade through the town by pupils from the primary schools in the Blandford Schools Network, led by The Mayor and Father Christmas.


CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

After the Lantern Parade, Father Christmas will join the Mayor on the green in front of the Church to officially turn on our Town’s Christmas Tree.


CAROL SINGING

Following the Tree Lighting, The Stour Valley Band will be playing and everyone can join in carol singing.


FATHER CHRISTMAS

Father Christmas will be leading the lantern parade along with Blandford Forums Mayors party.
Following the parade and Father Christmas will officially turn on the town Christmas tree lights.
Father Christmas will then make his way into his grotto in the corn exchange where young people can visit him and receive a gift.


ENTERTAINMENT

to be confirmed…

If you or your group would like to perform please email us


LIGHT SHOW – NO FIREWORKS

Last year was the first year we tried a laser show and the response was all positive so we will endeavour to bring an even better light show this year to replace the fireworks


NEW ENCOURAGING AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FESTIVAL

Light display rather than Fireworks
Advertising – Reusable banners rather than printing many plastic posters we decided to just pop some reusable banners up in key locations around town. We will need help from locals to spread the word as much as possible by voice and/or social media.


THINGS TO NOTE

Control Centre tbc
Barrier Volunteers – report to Control Centre
St John Ambulance – tbc
Lost/found vulnerable persons – tbc
Toilets – public toilets located in various places in Town

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


THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 SPONSORS

Hall & Woodhouse our main sponsor
Chaffers Blandford sponsored the printing of the new banners
Lesley Shand Funeral Service sponsoring the printing of the programmes

If your business can also sponsor the 2022 event please get in touch


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