Closed pub The Marlpit Arms is coming back to life for a festive event this weekend

Volunteers from the Friends of the Marlpit Pub get ready for their Christmas fair.PHOTO BY SIMON FIN

Volunteers from the Friends of the Marlpit Pub get ready for their Christmas fair.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A pub which has been closed since May, is opening its doors for one night only for an evening of festive fun.

The Marlpit Arms, on Hellesdon Road, Lower Hellesdon, is currently under renovation, however, this Saturday it will be hosting a Christmas Fair, in partnership with a community group that has fought to keep it alive.

The fair will feature an array of festive activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a mini French and local food market and karaoke carols in the evening.

It is being held in aid of a number of local charities, including Norwich homeless charity The People's Picnic and the Cure Parkinson's Trust. It will also see festive gifts delivered on bicycle by one of Santa's elves, courtesy of Outspoken cycle delivery.

Cécile Bidet, the pub's new proprietor, said: 'This event will serve as a good chance to keep the momentum of the renovation going and show people that we are creating a pub for the extended community.

'We hope the fair will give people a little taster of what the pub will be like when we re-open next year.'

Lucy Galvin, of Friends of the Marlpit, added: 'We held an extremely successful event in the summer and we are really hoping to repeat this and bring this marvellous pub back to life.'

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The event runs from 4pm until 10pm and is free to attend.

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