Thousands flock to 20th Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds

The 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday
Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Celebrity gardeners, a beach set up in the middle of a shopping centre and a racing car simulator were among the varied attractions at this year’s “biggest ever” Whitsun Fayre, in Bury St Edmunds.

The 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Organised by Ourburystedmunds, the free event, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary, started as a flower and plant market.

Although it has now grown to include a broader range of entertainment, this year’s event returned to its gardening roots with a special stage set up outside Moyse’s Hall featuring celebrity gardeners Katie Rushworth from ITV’s Love Your Garden and Joe Swift from BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World.

Thousands of visitors enjoyed largely warm and fine weather during the two day event on Sunday and Monday. It proved a big draw for families, with children building sand castles at the ‘urban beach’ in the Traverse and trying out the fairground rides and games at the Arc.

The 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday
PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT

The 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

The 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Two-year-old Molly Madine at 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
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Two-year-old Molly Madine at 20th annual Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

The makeshift beach was popular among visitors.
Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The makeshift beach was popular among visitors. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant