Full details announced for Warwick Victorian Evening 2023
By James Smith
20th Nov 2023 | Local News
Details of Warwick's Victorian Evening 2023 have been announced, as the town gets ready for the events 40th anniversary.
The popular community event returns on Thursday (23 November), offering locals the chance to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Christmas.
The event starts from 3pm in Market Place and surrounding streets with a Victorian market and era-themed rides, just in time for the kids finishing school.
Visitors can browse the Victorian Christmas Market with crafts, gift ideas and community stalls with some traders in traditional costume.
The whole family will be entertained with various fairground rides, amusements and street entertainers whilst enjoying the festive food and drink. And, in keeping with tradition, the Christmas Tree Festival will be taking place in St Mary's Church.
Visitors are also encouraged to get into the nineteenth century spirit with the annual competition for the best dressed Victorian, with the winners in both the adult and child categories being announced on stage at 7.30pm.
Prizes include group tickets to Warwick Castle and four main enclosure tickets for Warwick Racecourse during the 2023/2024 racing season.
New for this year and to celebrate the 40th anniversary is a Victorian themed photo booth on The Holloway which will be free to use, a new cake walk ride, mime acts, a magician, and a band in Victorian steampunk costume. A fire spinner will be performing on Brook Street.
The main entertainment on the stage gets underway at 5pm, before the lights are switched on at 7pm.
The Civic procession, including Warwick Town Councillors and members of the Warwick Court Leet, will make its way to Market Square where the Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Oliver Jacques, will turn on the lights alongside local young boxers Serena Mali and Jaya Kalsi, as well as organisers of the original Victorian Evening.
Serena Mali is three-time England National Schools Champion, and Jaya Kalsi is two-time National Schools Champion, and this year took home the European Schools Championship Gold.
Parking will be free in all of Warwick District Council's off-street car parks in Warwick from 3pm on the day of the event. On-street parking charges still apply.
The main stage area, rides and entertainers will be in Market Place, meanwhile the fire spinner shows will be on Brook Street.
See the full list of stalls, here.