Deepdale Christmas Market - A Huge Success
Last weekend’s Deepdale Christmas Market was a huge success, with thousands of new and return visitors to Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale.
Visitors came from as far afield as Scandinavia for a wonderful weekend of festive cheer on the north Norfolk coast.
“After a year of planning, it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the market. I talked to hundreds of the visitors and everyone had found things to buy. Lots of people are going to be receiving lovely Christmas presents this year!” said Estelle Townshend, one of the organisers.
Saturday was the busiest day, and the site was continually busy throughout the day. It helped that the sun came out and there was an almost tropical feel to the place in comparison to the below -5C temperatures Norfolk experienced the year before. The Norwich Ukulele Society and the Hunstanton Concert Band entertained the crowds, while the St Mary’s Carollers and the Brancaster School Choir Club entertained with carols.
“The charities we supported this year, had a great event. Over £1000 were raised in total, with the RNLI selling cards and gifts, Brancaster School running a tombola, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the RSPB collecting membership and the St Mary’s Carollers selling mulled wine and collecting donations for the Benjamin Foundation.” said Alister Borthwick
Sunday was calmer, but still busy. Deepdale Café’s delicious paella sold even more on Sunday, the lovely smells wafting around Dalegate Market must have helped the sales! Fakenham Town Band entertained in the afternoon, with brass band festive tunes.
“Deepdale Christmas Market is a great opportunity to remind everyone that the north Norfolk coast is wonderful throughout the year. Yes it’s really lovely in the Summer when the sun is shining, but it’s also glorious when you’re wrapped up warm and have time to explore.” said Jason Borthwick. “Of course this part of the world is also a great place to shop, eat and drink! The Deepdale Christmas Market draws people away from the car park queues in Norwich, letting them see that a drive or bus to Burnham Deepdale means they can do their Christmas shopping and have a wonderful, stress free day out!”
Plans for 2012’s Deepdale Christmas Market will begin to take shape in the new year, but make sure you have the 1st & 2nd December 2012 in your diaries for another festive visit to Burnham Deepdale! In the meantime watch www.deepdalechristmasmarket.co.uk to keep up to date with the plans for next years event.