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Arundel by Candlelight Saturday 5th December Programme Announced

The programme has now been confirmed for this year’s Arundel by Candlelight on Saturday 5 December from midday to 7pm. Organised by Arundel Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event would not have been possible without the very kind sponsorship from local firm Pegasus Properties, market-leading estate agents in West Sussex and Hampshire, and also Arundel Town Council.

The entertainment schedule has been organised by Sharon Blaikie from the Landon Sounds Events Studios, on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. Sharon says “Arundel by Candlelight will once again deliver an enchanting day, full of fun and festive cheer; an opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate a memorable day in the run up to Christmas. The event provides people with a great opportunity to ‘shop local’ for presents and support their high street on ‘Small Business Saturday’. This year over 20 local organisations are involved and we hope this collaboration and co-operation is really helping build community spirit throughout the town.

The day will start at midday on the High Street with the Chichester Young Farmers Club recreating a ‘Live Nativity’ scene with costumes and a parade through the town, ending at their pop-up stable destination next to the Museum, where they will be raising money for Chestnut Tree House. Also in the parade will be ‘The Top Bananas’, an energetic and eccentric quartet on stilts. Father Christmas will also join them, with his little helpers and elves on his way to his grotto at Arundel Museum, where he will be welcoming children between 12.30 and 5.00pm. His presents this year are sponsored by the King’s Arms and Fanny Adams Boutique.

At 1.00pm in the Town Square there will be an Ecumenical Carol Service led by the three churches (Arundel Baptist Church, the Parish & Priory Church of St Nicholas, and Arundel Cathedral) with singing supported by Arun Choral Society. The Rock Choir and InChoir will also provide further entertainment later in the day.

This year sees the return of the popular Lantern Parade, which will descend the High Street at 4.30pm. Lantern workshops for children will be from 12.30 to 3.30pm in the Norfolk Arms, alternatively buy a lantern from the stall in Crown Yard. In addition ‘WOW! Creative Coaching Enterprises’ are working with local schools to develop ‘Nativity Scene Light Boxes’, which will be exhibited at the Victoria Institute. Competitions for the best ‘Nativity Scene Light Box’, best Lantern and best handmade Christmas Card, will all be judged between 3.00-4.00pm and the winners announced at 4.00pm.

At 4.45pm on the High Street the Chairman of Arundel Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Arundel & District Rotary Club and the Mayor of Arundel will welcome everyone to the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The magnificent tree has once again been kindly provided by the Norfolk Estate and the lights will be officially switched on by Her Grace the Duchess of Norfolk. 

The Rotary Club of Arundel will be selling mistletoe and holly to raise funds for their chosen charities. Other local community groups involved this year include The Victoria Institute on Tarrant Street who will be hosting Arundel Youth Theatre. Also Arundel Open Studios will be presenting “13 Artists in Winter” with studios on Tarrant Street and King’s Arms Hill open for 3 weekends on the 28th/29th Nov, 5th/6th Dec and 12th/13th Dec. In conjunction with Arundel Fairtrade Town Group there will be a selection of stalls on Tarrant Street selling ethically sourced and fairly-traded items.

Crown Yard will feature a larger selection of vintage fairground rides this year, including a helter-skelter and 50 foot big wheel. It will also host one of the town’s “Wish & Memory” Christmas Trees, where people can leave their Christmas wishes and memories of loved ones; other trees will be based around the town and confirmed nearer the day.

The Arundel by Candlelight Christmas Market has stalls throughout the town and rivals many of the markets to be found in our larger cities for the quality and range of its hand-picked stall-holders, and there is always an array of seasonal treats such as roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and hog roasts. With a refreshing absence of chain stores, Arundel is also celebrated for its modern independent shops, contemporary art galleries, and great restaurants, pubs and cafes, many of which will be open late into the evening.

The High Street and Tarrant Street will be closed to traffic from 6.30am to 11.00pm, however there will still be full access to the Mill Road & Lido car parks which are free from midday onwards. Crown Yard car park will be closed on the day. There will be a Park & Ride scheme in operation from the WWT Arundel Wetland Centre. Drivers are advised to arrive into town via the A27 on the eastern (Worthing/Brighton) side of Arundel to gain access to car parks. If possible it is recommended to arrive by bus or train to help avoid congestion.

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