Warwick streets swirling with festive fun

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Warwick’s ever-popular Victorian evening has once again been organised for the streets around Market Place.

All council car parks will be free of charge at the atmospheric event on November 27 which starts from 5pm onwards and also serves as the official Christmas lights switch-on by mayor Moira-Ann Grainger at 7pm.

But before and after that there will be carousel rides, can-can dancers, fire spinners, ferret racing, performances on steel drums and singing by St Mary’s male voice choir.

In fact, the choir, walking in a lantern procession from the collegiate church, adds a more spiritual element to the proceedings ahead of the hysterical antics of the stilt walkers, mime artists and magicians.

Sue Butcher, chairwoman of Warwick’s Chamber of Trade, said: “The Victorian evening has been going for more than 20 years now and is organised by the town and district council with help from ourselves and groups like Warwick Rotary club.

“It’s a really festive occasion that not only brings people into town on the night but also encourages visitors to come back on another day.”

Presenters from BBC local radio will compere the main stage entertainment, which will include extracts from Mother Goose, this year’s panto at the Bridge House Theatre, and best Victorian dress competitions for children and adults. For information visit www.enjoywarwick.co.uk