VICTORIA Park is to be transformed into a winter wonderland for December as it hosts its first Christmas market.
From November 30 to December 23, the town centre park will be home to a number of Christmas chalet-style stalls, inspired by Christmas markets in Germany and Austria, selling Christmas gifts and festive food and drinks.
It will be open daily from 10am to 9pm and will feature a number of performances from local choirs, bands and groups in the bandstand.
At a town council planning and highways meeting at which the market was discussed earlier this month, Newbury town councillor Howard Bairstow (Con, Falkland) said he was concerned that permitting alcohol to be sold for consumption in the park was contradicting previous council policy on drinking alcohol in public. However, fellow councillors said they didn’t believe the sale of alcohol would be a cause of public nuisance.
Phil Barnett (Lib Dem, Clay Hill) said: “We have always been supportive of responsible [drinking]. It is when it has been irresponsible at certain times of the night that we have been concerned.”
Tony Stretton (Con, Clay Hill): “The times are between 10am and nine at night, not midnight or one in the morning.
“I think that’s pretty fair and reasonable.”
Councillors voted to approve the sale of alcohol at the Christmas Market, which will be managed by Pegasus Promotions and Events Ltd in partnership with Newbury Town Council and Newbury BID.