Christmas market in Norwich to wind back the clock to Victorian times

Rachel Hawley and Debbie Leeming in victorian dress to promote the Victorian themed Christmas market

Rachel Hawley and Debbie Leeming in victorian dress to promote the Victorian themed Christmas market to be held at Open, Bank Plain.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Decorated trees, crackers, cards and even the big, fat turkey on the middle of the table – many of our favourite Christmas traditions caught on in the reign of Queen Victoria.

And visitors to Open in Norwich will have the chance to step back into a Dickensian realm of top-hats, crinolines, street urchins and pea- soupers at a Victorian-themed Christmas market.

The two-day market – to take place at the weekend of December 17 and 18 – took place for the first time last year and attracted more than 5,000 people.

Rachel Hawley, who organises the event with Debbie Leeming, said she hoped the market would be even bigger and better this time around.

Ms Hawley said: 'Last year it was really successful and we're hoping to keep that going in 2016.

'We saw a really good mix of costumes – some people like to keep it a bit low-key, but others go all out.

'We were really pleased to see some of the guests come along in costume as well. We've also got a good variety or stalls so hopefully there will be a little bit of something for everybody.'

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Musical acts to perform will include the Sing Happy Children's Choir, female vocal group Akabella, Jill Brown and the RAF Marham Military Wives Choir.

Ms Hawley said: 'There's also going to be Father Christmas in a grotto. This year we're also working alongside Radio Heart East Anglia to support Make Some Noise, which supports young people across the country, and The Hamlet Centre.'

The festival will run from 9am to 5pm on the Saturday and 10am to 4pm on the Sunday.

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