Manningtree is hoping to bring the festive cheer for another year with their successful annual Christmas Market, on Friday 27 November, 3pm – 7.30pm.
This year’s festive market has truly filled its stocking with everything you could possibly want and it’s all sourced from local businesses.
Some of the many local stalls include Crafty Sewing, who will be selling cushions and fashionable hand-made facemasks, plenty of stalls filled with food and drink and other stalls selling some of the finer festive gifts like handmade jewellery.
Market manager Toni Spurgin explains just how important it is that this year’s market runs with the council’s blessing:
“I think it just brings so much morale for everyone in Manningtree. I hope it boosts everyone up and that’s so important, especially for the children. We hope to have Father Christmas for the little ones, giving them a dose of normality and cheer during these times.”
Toni and other members of the market have done their best to make sure all Covid-19 safety requirements are in place so that everyone who visits, young or old, can have a merry time.
“We’ll be enforcing social distancing and we will make sure that there is hand sanitiser on every stall. The market itself is going to be marshalled. We are very, very aware that some people won’t come out but hopefully those who do come out will abide by the rules and have a good time.
“People can be reassured that they will be as safe as they can possibly be so that you can just enjoy yourselves and relax while supporting amazing local businesses.”
Alongside all of this, the annual Manningtree Christmas Market hopes to have plenty of entertainment for all of those who attend, including a singer performing our favourite festive anthems. One of those potential local performers is Chris Mayne, an entertainer by night and a schoolteacher by day.
“I think it’s really important that we continue to highlight small businesses, particularly in the entertainment industry, in the Manningtree area through events like this, especially with Christmas coming up.
“Entertainment brings people together. People have got to have a laugh, haven’t they? We all need to have that escape with what’s going on right now and I’m so proud to be a part of that.”
Toni explains how, at the heart of the annual Christmas Market, and every Saturday market she runs, is the local business in the Manningtree area and it’s important that we, as a community, support such a crucial event.
“I cannot explain how vital it is to keep the local businesses going and help us little people rather than the big boys. All these crafts shops and things that make very unique items, you just wouldn’t get that in a big supermarket and if those small businesses run out then you won’t get that kind of thing anymore in Manningtree. It would be such a shame if that were to happen.
“I look forward to seeing everyone at the market and I honestly can’t wait for us to bring Manningtree and it’s businesses the festive cheer it deserves!”
Manningtree Christmas Market 2020 will be taking to the streets on Friday 27 November from 3-7.30pm so be sure to get yourself some unique and local Christmas gifts this year, whether you’re treating yourself or others!
To keep yourself updated on the event, be sure to check out Manningtree’s Christmas Market Facebook page: facebook.com/manningtreexmas2020.
To check out more of Chris Mayne’s work, go to his Facebook page where you can book him for your own event: facebook.com/fantasticpartytimes.
Pictures by DB Photography