Over the past nine years, the Blandford Yuletide Festival has become an established part of the local Christmas Calendar. 2019 is our tenth festival and is planned to be the biggest so far.
4.00pm – Road Closures Begin
5.00pm – Festival Starts – Stalls and Shops Open
5.30pm – Rendezvous of Primary Schools Lantern Parade at Langton Road Car Park
6.00pm – Lantern Parade Begins
Led by Father Christmas and will include The Blandford Stour Valley Band. The parade will travel from Langton Road Car Park, Along East Street, up Church Lane into The Plocks, down Salisbury Street, into the Market Place and coming to a halt in front of the Church.
6.20pm – Parade arrives outside the Church
Followed by Communal Carol Singing with the Music Played by The Blandford Stour Valley Brass Band
6.40pm – End of Carol Singing
6.40pm till 8.30pm – Evening Entertainment around the town.
8.30pm – Fireworks
9.00pm – Festival Ends
10.00pm – Roads Re-open
We also have…
- Father Christmas
- A variety of local charity fundraising stalls
- Craft stalls
- Gluwein (Mulled Wine)
Blandford Parish Church
- Hot Chocolate and Refreshments
- Festival of lights
- Christmas themed stalls
- Local Producers
- Craft Fair and Refreshments at the Crown Hotel
- Decibelles – The Winterborne Kingston Ladies Church Choir (Leading the Carol Singing)
- More events and activities are planned but are yet to be confirmed.
*Programme is subject to change, so check back here from time to time to see what we have planned!