Portishead Victorian Evening this Friday!
By thepickler | Wednesday, December 08, 2010, 16:12
PORTISHEAD will be turned into a festive wonderland this Friday for the town's annual Victorian evening.
More than 50 charitable groups and community organisations have already booked their stalls on the High Street for the annual festive fayre, which takes place on December 10.
Shops along the High Street will also open for the evening for visitors who want to do some Christmas shopping.
This year the event will once again return to its roots with a real Victorian theme, with shopkeepers in period costume and hot chestnuts and mulled wine being sold at the roadside.
Traditional games such as hop scotch and hoop and stick will be on offer to children to replace the commercial fairground rides.
Old fashioned childrens' rides will be set up outside The Poacher pub throughout the evening, with the rides being reduced to £1 a go.
There will be performances by a quartet from Portishead Community Choir and performances by fiddlers, musicians and youth groups and Santa will be in his grotto taking present requests.
Portishead Youth Centre's dance group, Audacity, will also be performing for the crowds and there will be singing from St Peter's School Community Choir and the Salvation Army Band.
The Victorian Evening is organised each year by the Portishead Christmas Lights Committee to raise funds for the town's impressive festive illuminations.
Portishead Victorian Evening spokeswoman, Tracey Fowler, said: "This year we will have more stalls in the High Street than ever before.
"We are hoping that people will enter the spirit of the evening and come along dressed in Victorian costume.
"The Victorian Evening always attracts crowds of thousands of people and we hope local residents will come along and really get into the Christmas spirit."
Money raised from the evening will go towards the cost of the town's Christmas lighting display.
This year the festive lights have been extended into the precinct, thanks to a donation by Specsavers.
The festive illuminations, which cost around £15,000 each year, stretch from South Avenue by the police station to the junction of St Peter's Road.
This year, for the first time, volunteers are planning to light the tower of St Peter's Church.
Scaffolding will be used to climb up the tower with around 200 white lights being strung around the turrets and the flagpole.
The event runs from 6.30-9.30pm and the High Street will be closed from 6.30-9pm between Coombe Road and Roath Road.