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The popular Great Malvern Christmas Festival will not go ahead this year but there will be plenty of activities to help kick-start the festive season.

Due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, both the festival and lights switch on will be cancelled.

UPDATE: The Christmas Market will still go ahead from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 5 December, offering handcrafted, unique arts and crafts.

Visitors will have the chance to shop for the perfect Christmas gift from talented local artists and craftspeople. Social distancing measures will be in place at all times.

For foodies, the Great Malvern Farmers’ Market being held two weeks later on 19 December is the perfect opportunity to buy Christmas staples and stock up on festive treats

The market has been organised by Malvern Hills District Council and is hosted by Boffy Arts and Events.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Economic Development at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “It is a real shame that we cannot enjoy the usual festive celebrations that Great Malvern is known for, however, there is still plenty for visitors to see and do. We have made the decision to cancel because the safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance. The activities held in its place will follow strict Covid-19 guidelines”.

Cllr Neil Morton, Mayor of Malvern, said: “The Covid-19 restrictions will mean this will be a very different Christmas from the ones we are used to. A trip around the Christmas market is always enjoyable and is a good place to get unusual and interesting Christmas presents.

“The streets of Malvern will still sparkle with Christmas lights provided by Malvern Town Council and there will also be a Christmas tree on Belle Vue Island as usual, which has been provided by Leigh Sinton Christmas Trees”.

Visit www.visitthemalverns.org/gmchristmasmarket for updates.

Please note that the feature image was taken prior to the social distancing measures.

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