ORGANISERS of Cam's increasingly popular Christmas lights switch-on event are gearing up for an even bigger afternoon, expanding activities throughout the centre of the village.

The event returns on Saturday, November 25 and, as well as the usual outdoor entertainment, a raft of indoor activities have been lined-up.

Cam Traders Association has been preparing and fundraising for the event for much of the last 12 months.

Enough money has been collected to fund the replacement of fairy lights which cover the trees in Noel Lee Way to enhance the festive feel of the afternoon.

On the day, Father Christmas will be in the Methodist Church Hall in Chapel Street, while the Memorial hall will host festive craft stalls and a hot food stand outside. 

The High Street will be closed between 2-5pm where there will be live music, donkey rides and characters from the popular children’s TV show PJ Masks.

A funfair will be in the Noel Lee Way car park outside the council offices and Berry Blue Café, and St Bartholomew’s Church will host an inflatables  kids’ zone. 

“Every year this event is growing in size, and this year we’ve spread out the event across the centre of the village, with plenty of indoor activities in case the weather isn’t great,” said Anne Kitchin, secretary of Cam Traders Association.

"There are so many things going on it’s hard to list them all, but the village will certainly have a wonderful wintery, Christmassy feel – especially since we have a snow machine as well.

"We hope lots of people turn out to support it and enjoy the festive fun.”

Businesses will stay open for the event, and the Christmas lights will be switched on at 4.30pm.