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FLEET CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES UPDATE

WEDNESDAY 27th NOVEMBER

FLEET CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES 2019

The arrival of the tree in Gurkha Square heralded the start of Christmas in Fleet today, as the high street starts to prepare for the upcoming Festivities evening next Wednesday 27th November.

Below: The Christmas tree arrives in Gurkha Square. Photo credits: Fleet Town Council.

WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S RIDES?

It was previously noted that there would be more of a focus on the market stalls this year, with the usual popular children’s funfair rides all initially being refused permission to attend the event. However, this has not proven to be a popular decision with many local families, as they asked for the rides to be reinstated, saying that the event would simply not be as much fun for younger children without the popular attractions.

Since then, there have been discussions with the organisers of the Festivities as well as with Southern Market Traders, about the possibility of fitting in some of the rides again in a (hopeful) festive spirit of compromise. Although there appears to have been some confusion with local shop owners, who seem to believe that at least two rides would be featuring in the annual event, it has been now been confirmed that one ride has been given permission to attend.

Below: The one children’s ride that has been allowed to attend this year.

This has been confirmed on the Festivities website listing, which lists the single ‘Children’s Ride’ (which will be near Prezzo), in amongst other activities such as soft play and an activity marquee.

Below: Confirmation on the Festivities website that a children’s ride will now be allowed.

Although not exactly the result many would be hoping for, it will join the list of some other items brought back due to popular demand this year, including the Elvis tribute performance in the Hart centre, as well as Dogmersfield school choir, which has now been given space on the main outdoor stage with the other schools.

The organisers of the event have stated they will ‘closely monitor feedback from the public and businesses in the high street’.

The privately run funfair for teenagers and adults will be in the Emporium car park as usual.

A full list of other available children’s activities on the night can be found here.

FLEET FESTIVITIES – WHAT’S ON

The evening will play host to a large selection of food and drink outlets this year, as well as various craft and gift stands. For a list of all stalls, visit the Fleet Festivities website.

Below: The Fleet Christmas Festival flyer.

The Fleet Festivities evening takes place on Wednesday 27th November, between 2pm – 9pm.

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