Great expectations for Dickensian-themed Keynsham Winter Festival

November 05 2018

Celebrations at this year’s Keynsham Winter Festival will have a Dickensian theme, including characters from Oliver Twist, a policeman on a penny farthing – and of course a Christmas carol or two.

The event returns to the town centre on Friday, November 30, from 6pm to 9pm, when the High Street will be lined with stalls, shops will open late, venues around the town centre will host activities and the Christmas lights will be switched on.

The festive fun will kick off with carols around the Christmas tree and the big switch-on at 6pm, before the bells at St John’s Church signal the start of local schoolchildren’s procession, which will be joined by Father Christmas, the town crier, 2368 Marching Band and a host of Dickensian characters.

The main stage will once again be set up in Temple Street and throughout the evening will host prize-giving, a magician and numbers from Oliver! by Keynsham Light Opera Group.

The library will be hosting a flea circus in a box, a face painting station and a Punch and Judy show, while The Space will have performances from Performers Dance & Musical School, Keyford School of Dance and ChoirJam.

Keynsham Brass Band will perform in the Baptist Church, Victoria Methodist Church will welcome Key Voices and the Fear Hall will host community and craft stalls during the festival.

Among the local businesses opening their doors on the night are the team at Davies and Way, who will be offering drinks and nibbles and organising festive games for children and adults as they raise money for the Young Minds charity.

The window of the team’s High Street office, next to St John’s Church, will also be decorated with a Dickensian theme and a spokesperson said: “We thoroughly enjoy supporting this wonderful local event – the festival seems to get better each year with increasing numbers of people choosing to visit. We look forward to welcoming as many visitors to the festival as possible.”

For the full programme and details, visit https://keynsham winterfestival.weebly.com

  • Road closures, from 3.30pm to 10pm, will include the High Street from St John’s Church to Poundland, Temple Street from Iceland to Carpenters Lane and Charlton Road between the Tesco mini roundabout and the High Street.
  • Buses will run as normal but there will be no pick-up point on Keynsham High Street.  Buses will pick up and set down on Ashton Way, Bath Hill and on Bristol Road.
  • All car parks will be open as usual except the Civic Centre multi-storey car park where there will be no entry from 3.30 pm.  
  • A free park and ride service will run from Waitrose to Ashton Way (and back) every five minutes from 5pm to 9.25pm.