Illuminating Stony Stratford

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THINGS get even brighter down Stony Stratford way on Saturday evening – with the annual switching on of the Crimbo lights.

It is far more than a little two minute ceremony too – indeed some people might call it a bulbous affair...

Things get started from 10am when the High Street is taken over by stalls selling all manner of wares, and rides for the kids will keep the little ‘uns happy.

Morris Dancers will be keeping pace, and buskers will raise spirits throughout the day.

No matter what the weather puts our way, things WILL warm up from 1pm with a slew of new city sounds playing live in the Market Square.

Feeling peckish? Plenty of hot food will be on the menu, and a funfair (this time for the adults and teens among you) to cut loose on.

At 4.15pm, a lantern parade will depart York House, snaking its way down London Road, the High Street and into the Market Square.

Once there, you will be able to watch the stars of MK Amateur Operatic Society give a taster of the fun to be had at Stantonubry Campus Theatre later in the year, with their panto Puss in Boots & the Beanstalk.

Then the countdown to 5pm will begin when the Bard of Stony will recite a specially penned poem commemorating the town’s half century of Christmas lights. before flicking the switch and bathing historic Stony is luminous light.

> Stony Bard Danni Antagonist will have quite a day on Saturday, with a Switch-On Poetry Showcase also running at Stony Stratford Library

A tidy amount of terrific spoken word artists will get busy between 12.30 and 4pm – see left.

Pop along and enjoy The Antipoet, Alan Wolfson, Donna Scott, Ian McEwan, Steve Allen, Lyn Rivers, Poeterry, Paul Eccentric, Alan Bainbridge, Theresa Kelleher, Victoria Laxton-Bass and lots more waxing lyrical.

Entry is free, and festive refreshments will be on the menu.

Pop in and enjoy the lyrical entertainment and maybe a naughty mince pie or too.

Well, it is the season to be merry, after all.

Proceeds will be given to the switch on fund and Friends of Stony Stratford Library.

> A new Bard will be elected at the Bardic Trials in mid-January.

We’ll bring you more news about that as soon as we’ve taken the Christmas tree down

in the New Year!

> The MK Festival of Christmas continues this weekend, with a Victorian Christmas at MK Museum.

Enjoy carols in the parlour, Christmas crafts in the barn and a meeting with Santa who will be spending some time there before his big trip next month.

Roasted chestnuts and a glass of something warming will be rustled up, just as in ye olde days.

Step back, Victorian style, between 4 and 7pm tomorrow night, or 1 and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

> Children’s Christmas Crafts are being hosted in Olney, at the Cowper & Newton Museum on Saturday.

Watch ‘em get creative with stained glass window cards and tree decorations.

The crafty side will shine through between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Entry is free for children, usual entry charges apply for adults.

> Angels at the Abbey Craft Fair will showcase beautiful Crimbo gifts against a medieval chapel background on Sunday, between midday and 5pm. Admission is free.

> Have you visited The Land of Enchanted Dreams at thecentre:mk yet?

The Middleton Hall spectacular is a sparkling delight, and of course boasts the Citizen’s Tree of Dreams as the centrepiece.

Wander the display, shop for Christmas goodies, and throw in your pennies at the wish pool, please – you’ll benefit Age UK in the process.

You can hop on board the carousel for a traditional ride too, but you can’t leave before making a trip to see Santa – tickets are £4.50 to visit the grotto, £1.50 to enjoy the seasonal train ride.