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Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day

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Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day

About Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day

Every year in the first week of December, The Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day heralds the arrival of Christmas in the town.

As if by magic, Chipping Sodbury is transformed into a wonderland of delights.

The High Street and Broad Street are filled with Side-Shows, a Helter-Skelter, a Big Wheel, Steam Engines, Fair-Ground Organs, Father Christmas and even roasting chestnuts!

The event launches with school choirs performing in the street, followed by entertainers on two stages.

Father Christmas in his sleigh parades through the town headed by a Scottish piper.

The streets are lined with stalls from local charities and organisations, and many people dress up in Victorian costume to enhance the atmosphere.

Be a part of Victorian Day

Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day

Are you a member of a local choir or band, or do you have a talent that fits in with the Victorian Day theme?

If you would like to perform at this very popular event then let us know.

We welcome new volunteers together with your input. Please get in touch if you'd like to join our team.

For more information, please contact Alice and Amy on or visit facebook.

The application form for those wishing to hire a stall on the day, along with all other contact details and information regarding the event, can be found at: cslions.org.uk/lions-coming-events/chipping-sodbury-victorian-day

Nativity Crib Festival

Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day

The Nativity Crib Festivals at St John's Church have become a popular Chipping Sodbury tradition!

Staged at the beginning of December they are well clear of the Christmas rush and provide a great way of celebrating Advent.

They provide terrific entertainment for young and old and continue to inspire and provide that sense of wonder we all want to conjure up.

They also engage the young people as schools participate in providing nativity cribs they have created and participate in workshops and storytelling.

Come and see over 150 Cribs from around the world, from many different cultures, and using a large variety of materials.

Visit the Crib Festival website here.

Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day

Late Night Shopping

Chipping Sodbury has many unique shops, welcoming eating places and public houses that stay open late on Victorian Day to meet all visitors' needs.

So... it's an ideal time to get your Christmas shopping done, order your Christmas drinks and flowers, and enjoy the great atmosphere that only Chipping Sodbury can provide.

What to look forward to

Previous Victorian Day entertainment has included:

Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day
  • School choirs
  • Carol Singing
  • Dodington Parish Band
  • Traditional Pipe & Drums
  • Bristol Morris Men
  • Alfredo the Magical Clown
  • Punch and Judy
  • Nativity Crib Festival in St John's Church
  • Traction Engines
  • Traditional Fairground Organ
  • Traditional Fairground Rides
  • Hog Roast
  • Mulled Wine & Mince Pies
  • Hot chestnuts
  • Turkey Rolls
  • Sodbury Players
  • Competitions for best dressed window and best dressed staff
  • Guaranteed now, thanks to a snow machine
  • Santa's Sleigh Ride – from Wick Road, along the High Street and up to The Boot, where Santa turns and parks next to his Grotto
  • Charity stalls
  • ...plus lots more!

Where to park on Victorian Day

While there is limited parking on the High Street, Chipping Sodbury's free car park, Waitrose, Bowling Hill and the Cow Mills and surrounding estates are available for parking.

Unfortunately there is no close disabled parking other than places in the town car park.

Please note that Chipping Sodbury's Broad Street, High Street, Hatters Lane, Wickwar Road and Hounds Road will be closed to all traffic 12-8pm.

About the Committee

Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day

The entire event is organised by a team of dedicated volunteers who strive each year to make it more exciting than ever before.

The committee is drawn from the Sodbury and Dodington Councils, Chipping Sodbury Lions and Rotary Clubs, the Festival Society and representatives from local schools and traders.

For more information, please contact Alice and Amy on or visit facebook.

The photographs on this page have been kindly provided by Rich McD Photography.

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