Visitors to the Our Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Market over the forthcoming Bank Holiday can be reassured by strict measures in place to keep the event as Covid safe as possible. Stalls will be further apart to ensure social distancing, sanitising stations will be available and reminders about the ‘hands, face, space’ message will be prominent.
The Whitsun Market is the lead element of the annual Business Improvement District (BID)-organised Whitsun Fayre and stands alone this year as part of a phased return of major outdoor events in the town centre. Craft, flower and food stalls will take centre stage on Angel Hill, where a one-way system will operate, and in the Cornhill and Buttermarket areas of the town, where some local businesses will also have stalls. Fairground rides will also be on offer for children to enjoy including the much-loved gallopers carousel in Charter Square.
Our Bury St Edmunds Chief Executive Mark Cordell said: “As events start to open up to increased numbers we have taken the decision to scale down our first one since lockdown from what it has offered in previous years, as any responsible organisation would do. We’ve got a comprehensive risk assessment in place but are confident that visitors will still enjoy this free admission day out.
“It will give us a strong base on which to build the Motorsports East day in July and the Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival in August in line with the guidance and scientific evidence in place about Coronavirus at that time. Many shops and businesses will also be open this bank holiday and hopefully, visitors will make the most of everything the town centre offers.”
The Our Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre is a free-admission two-day event which takes place on Sunday 30 and Monday 31 May between 10am and 4pm. For more information visit www.ourburystedmunds.com.