Hundreds flocked to Evesham as the town played host to its first-ever artisan Christmas fayre.

Organised by the team behind the Battle of Evesham, the fayre involved live music and dozens of traders inspired by different historical eras.

It came following the switching-on of the Christmas lights on Friday, November 25, which left everyone in the town feeling the festive spirit.

Trevor Battersby, committee member for the Battle of Evesham, was delighted with how the event went, and is already looking forward to next year.

He said: “The weekend was certainly a success and we had lots of favourable comments, not least from the traders and exhibitors who have a lot of experience with such Fayres.

“They told us that from their point of view it was a successful and enjoyable event and were generous with suggestions as to how we can make things even better next year.

“Footfall from the public was steady all weekend and everyone seemed to enjoy the entertainment, including of course the choirs, as well as the variety of Christmas food and drink on offer.

“As this was the first time we have organised a Christmas Artisan Fayre, we were most pleased to have added another successful event to the Battle of Evesham festivals.

“We hope these will continue to grow and make Evesham a visitor destination, to the benefit of the town, its facilities and shops as well as our community in general.”

Mid Worcestershire MP, Nigel Huddleston, added: "Enjoyed visiting the Christmas Artisan Fair in Evesham.

"Thanks again to the team for organising another great event."

Evesham Journal: MP Nigel Huddleston and Mayor of Evesham Mark Goodge with a reenactorMP Nigel Huddleston and Mayor of Evesham Mark Goodge with a reenactor (Image: Battle of Evesham supporters)

With medieval, Victorian, and modern markets to explore, there was plenty on offer for those looking to buy some early Christmas presents.

Among those in attendance was artist Jacqui de Rose, originally from Bredon and now living in Derbyshire.

She said: “The event was well organised and unique, celebrating artisan skills through the ages.

“It gave people of all ages the opportunity to appreciate living history and try their hand at willow weaving and sword waving whilst munching on traditional seasonal foods and to take home a bottle or two of artisan brewed beverages.

“I grew up roaming around Bredon Hill on my push bike, so for me, it was a chance to soak up the warm atmosphere of Evesham at Christmas again.”

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