Newmarket is set to be transformed into a Winter Wonderland this weekend as the town council gears up for its most ambitious project to date.
Ice skating, an illuminated marching band, ice sculptures and a Christmas market, are the headline attractions which make up an event in the planning since the summer.
The town council has ploughed thousands of pounds into the five-day winter festival which has been organised by the council’s clerk Isabelle Barrett, events organiser Kay Dawson and council staff.
Saturday sees the start of the festivities when 12 ice sculptures, which have been sponsored by trainers and local businesses, will be unveiled along the High Street from 10am . They have been created by Liverpool-based Glacial Art, whose previous creations include a watch for Rolex and an ice model of the Titantic.
At 11am, a Christmas market will open in the memorial hall and up to 100 skaters will be able to take to a 15 by 15 square metre ice rink installed in the gardens which form the heart of the Winter Wonderland with the trees, walls and paths lit with Christmas lights and where jugglers, and stilt walkers will entertain visitors along with music from the town band.
At 4.30pm, spectacular illuminated marching band Spark will parade down the High Street to the gardens which will be open daily from 11am to 8pm until Tuesday and from 11am to 1pm on Christmas Eve.
“We feel this will be a wonderful new event for Newmarket and one that could be built upon each year to hopefully compete with larger neighbouring towns,” said Mrs Barrett.