Ware all set for Dickensian Evening 2016
Ware is all set for a Dickensian Evening on Friday December 2 2016 which promises to be the biggest and best yet. As last year, when it is estimated more than 10,000 people attended the event, roads in the town centre will be closed and traffic diversions will be in place. Amwell End will be closed from 6.00pm pm to give stallholders and also Thomas Birch's funfair the time to set up. The other roads to be closed from 6.00 – 10.00 pm will be High Street, Baldock Street, Church Street, East Street and West Street.
Entertainment of all types and children’s roundabouts will all add to the fun in Baldock Street, the High Street and Amwell End, as well as six indoor venues and many of the town’s shops open for the evening and serving goodies.
“It will again be a fantastic evening,” says Jan Wing, Chair of the Ware Town Centre Partnership. “We expect more people than last year, and this year we have more entertainment than ever before. There will be lots to do for all ages."
The main celebrations will begin at 7pm when the Mayor, Councillor Phyllis Ballam, turns on the lights on the mighty horse-chestnut in Tudor Square to the accompaniment of carols. The town’s charities and clubs have booked stalls in Tudor Square, where music will be provided by Theatre Train; This will be followed by Bill Freeman's Happy Jazz Band playing in the square..Other music in the town will be Live Performances at Hertfordshire college of Music in Baldock Street, The Hertford Rock Choir at 7.30pm in Maltmaker Garden and Toque Tambor Samba Band will add to the atmosphere in the High Street with their colourful display. Look out for the Salvation Army Carol Singers and street buskers around the town. There will also be the usual Santa's Grotto, Hog Roast and storytelling in Angels at Play in Suckling's Yard, Church Street.
There will be craft markets in Place House, Bluecoat Yard, and 40 stalls in the Drill Hall, Amwell End, and a Hertfordshire Country market of produce and food in Fletcher's Lea at the Priory. St. Mary’s Church will be serving refreshments as well as having produce stalls and there will be the traditional Christmas Tree Festival in Leaside Church opening at 6pm and also on Saturday.
Why not join in...people will be dressing in Dickensian garb – or even just the odd Victorian top hat or bonnet. Most shops will have decorated their windows to make the whole town look festive. As part of their certificate course, students from Hertford Regional College have also designed this year's posters and the Dickensian Evening programme cover. This year Students from Hertford Regional College Public Services Courses will be on duty to assist us in marshalling the event alongside our own volunteers.
04 May 2016