Bedford Christmas Fireworks 2017 Image:Bedford Borough Council

The Transformers will be visiting on Saturday, and Anna and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ will be coming on the Sunday

For the first time, Bedford’s Christmas lights switch-on will take place on a Sunday after a weekend of fun and frolics with a free Christmas fair.

Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November sees a Christmas fair come to Harpur Square. From 10am until 5pm on both days, the Square will be full of food stalls, entertainment with choirs, music and dance performances on the stage, balloon modelling and free fairground rides.

There will be over thirty craft traders on the Square and in the Harpur Suite. Also there will be seasonal stalls and local businesses alongside two vintage fair rides which will be free to go on. The Transformers will be visiting on Saturday, and Anna and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ will be coming on the Sunday.

This festive fun will come to a climax with the fireworks show at 5.30pm on the Embankment with Father Christmas turning on the Christmas lights in Bedford. This is also completely free to attend.

Father Christmas said:

“I am delighted to be welcomed back to Bedford to switch-on the Christmas lights and see the fireworks display along Bedford’s beautiful river. With lots of festive fun, free rides, entertainment, and stalls in Harpur Square, this whole weekend will be a great start to the Christmas season in Bedford, just over a month before the big day.”

This Christmas fair, lights switch-on and fireworks display are organised by Bedford Borough Council and supported by the Bedford Business Improvement District, funded by town centre businesses.