Who organises the Yuletide Festival event?

Blandford Yuletide Festival incorporates representatives from Groups in the town, including:

  • Blandford Churches Together
  • Blandford Forum Town Council
  • Blandford Georgian Fayre
  • Blandford Rotary Club
  • Blandford Scout Group
  • Blandford Stour Rotary Club
  • The Blandford Schools Network

Many other organisations, such as Blandford Guides, Camera Club and the Masonic Lodges are actively supporting the project.

The BYF Group usually meet in a Thursday evening, once a month, currently online via Teams during to Government Covid guidelines. Anyone is welcome to join the BYF Group we would love more help/support to make each year bigger and better. Please email for more information

What is the Yuletide Festival event?

The Blandford Yuletide Festival was launched in December 2010 as an evening when the town of Blandford Forum could come together to give a focus to the Christmas season for both residents and visitors alike. The Festivals attracts each year an estimated 4-5000 people and include many different facets, representing the diversity of the life of the town as well as representing the diversity of individuals and groups taking part.

This includes a Lantern Parade through the town by pupils from the primary schools in the Blandford Schools Network, led by The Mayor and Father Christmas with music from The Blandford Stour Valley Band.

Other events taking place during the evening are Communal Carol Singing. Street theatre, music and dancing, late night shopping alongside Craft and Local Produce Markets and many other attractions.

The evenings conclude with fireworks lighting up the centre of the town.

Why we run a Yuletide Festival event?

In previous years, several different groups endeavoured to lay on a Late-Night Shopping events but there was a feeling that a new type and style of event was needed to make such an event a success. Many groups came together at the start of 2010 with the expressed intention to lay on such an event and to make it the sort of evening which would memorable for all who took part in it. The Festival was a phenomenal success with an evening which was laid on by the community for the community and encompassed every part of the diverse community that is Blandford Forum.

When is the Yuletide Festival event?

The Yuletide Festival is usually the second Wednesday in December. This year will be a bit different due to Covid19 restrictions, we may not be running all the event on one evening but spreading out the Christmas festivities throughout late November and December.

How does the Yuletide Festival event work?

We run the Yuletide Festival using the small surplus from last year’s event and sponsorship from Hall and Woodhouse, other businesses also contribute towards the programme.

Whilst there is no charge for entrance, collectors will invite contributions and it is hoped that the combination of sponsorship and the profits from all the organisations and groups taking part will enable the costs of the evenings to be covered with any surplus being used to fund future events.

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