THE SPIRIT of Christmas past is coming to Stratford.
A three-day Victorian Christmas market will run from December 8 to 10 – from 10am to 9pm on the Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on the Sunday.
Royal guests Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – otherwise known as mayor Victoria Alcock and chairman of Stratford District Council George Atkinson – will officially open the market on Wood Street at 11am on the first day.
There will be arts and crafts, street foods and tipples from gin to mulled wine available from some 150 traders in Victorian costume.
A vintage funfair is set to entertain children and adults alike, complete with a carousel, helter-skelter, swing boats and ferris wheel.
And the entertainment will include choirs, Victorian street entertainers and even the ‘Dancing Grannies’.
Coun Alcock said: “There will be so much to see and do over the three days and I look forward to opening proceedings and entering into the Victorian spirit.”