The Stowmarket July Flyer 2020 Christmas Tree Festival

Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival 2020 

This year has been a unique year and we don’t know what is ahead, but plans are being put into place for Stowmarket’s Christmas Tree Festival. We are assuming that social distancing will still be in place and are taking this into account so that visitors can still have something to look forward to and enjoy the Christmas trees.

Some people have been using the lockdown to make decorations for their Christmas tree, so this year we have made the application forms available earlier than in previous years. The theme in the Parish Church will be ‘Nativity’ and any group, organisation, business or charity, as well as individuals and families can get crafty and join in the fun. There is no charge to do so. Making decorations could be a great idea for home schooling art, crafts and design lessons. If you have never been part of this great town event before, how about it in 2020?

For more details or an application form to decorate a tree in the Parish Church please email

This year’s Christmas Tree Festival 2020 will also have trees in The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket Library, the gardens at Red Gables and new this year – The Walnut Tree pub. More details for trees in these venues will be announced shortly.

Walks and wanders

Have you ever wondered what local walks there are in and around Stowmarket? Or wondered about the history of the area we live in?

Walks and wanders is a growing YouTube Channel with lots of videos filmed in and around Stowmarket.

Don Egan has lived in Stowmarket for over 30 years. He started the Walks and Wanders YouTube Channel as an experiment, having been interested in filmmaking since his teenage years.

The Channel has lots of history videos about Stowmarket and the surrounding area. Don’s video about the Lost Pubs of Stowmarket has attracted more than 3,000 viewers. There are videos about the old Workhouse, the Paupers Graves, a mystery gravestone in Stowmarket Cemetery, and a halloween special about Stowmarket Witches and the Witchfinder General.

Using ancient maps, local history photos and stories gleaned from local people, the videos explore the fascinating past of the local area.

Don is put through his paces when he invites local fitness instructor, Bob Halls, to lead him on a walk that covers Combs Wood, Badley Church, and fitness exercises enroute!

In addition there are videos about local events such as Haughley Park VW Festival, the Haughley Soldier silhouettes, and even a Christmas special looking at the Christmas lights on people’s houses.

There are also some local walks for people during lockdown and Don is planning a series of walks with route maps so people can explore the walks seen on video.

There is a special series on Danecroft Cottage, a hidden cottage on the footpath between Combs Lane and Beaumont Way. The project is to film a year in the life of Danecroft Cottage, with nature, land management and the changing seasons, and introduce the Stow Stories project.

Don also takes viewers to other parts of the UK as he travels in his campervan.

The videos can be found at or by searching YouTube for ‘walks and wanders’.