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 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 Ware Brass playing in the square..Other music in the town will be Live Performances of Lip Service at The Mixer Cocktail Lounge in Baldock Street with outside stalls,  Jigsaw Performing Arts  at 7.15pm followed by The Big Sing at 7.30pm at the Priory Gates.

Toque Tambor Samba Band will add to the atmosphere in the High Street with their colourful display. Look out for Juggling Jim and his Barrel Organ and street buskers around the town.  There will also be the usual Santa's Grotto, and LIVE REINDEER at Little Angels in Suckling's Yard, Church Street. The Old Bull’s Head will also have music and a BBQ. Future Hope will be parked in Baldock Street for the younger visitors and we also have a Christmas Tree Stall.

There will be craft markets in Place House, Bluecoat Yard, and 40 stalls in the Drill Hall and a nice warm café, Amwell End, and a Hertfordshire WI Country market of produce and food in the Priory Hall. 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 (open also on Saturday). New to Dickensian this year we have Wood Brothers Show Van with Tom the Storyteller, prizes and a Treasure Trail plus the Arriva Bus Stall with their mascot for selfies! Outside the Snug we have a London Cab Photo Booth and lots of stalls. The High Street has lots to see and it may even snow! Carnival in Amwell End are launching their 2017 Prom collection, why not pop in to see what else Madeleine has in store?

Why not join in...people will be dressing in Dickensian garb – or even just the odd Victorian top hat or bonnet, there will be Top Hat Stalls again which were very popular last year. 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 and helpers from ASDA.

For further information, please contact: JAN WING 01920 421466 wtp@warewings.net 

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16 November 2016