Dorchester Christmas Cracker is back tomorrow and is being billed as 'the biggest Cracker day yet'.

It is returning in its new format which takes the event to an all-day affair and this year, running between 11am and 4pm, it promises even more festive fun for the family.  

The county town's historic high street will be closed to traffic and festooned with food stalls and there will be plenty of entertainment on offer.

Steve Bulley, Cracker chairman, said: “Due to the huge success of the event in 2022 we had traders signing up for space at the 2023 event within a few hours. 

"High West Street in Dorchester will be transformed into a festive shopping spectacular with over 100 trading stalls, and a Christmas fair with a further 75 tables, this year over two floors, which will be held in the Corn Exchange. Our thanks to our Christmas fair supporters Farnfields Solicitors.”

This year there will be an Entertainment Stage, managed by local radio station KeeP106, which is sponsored by Al Molo Dorchester, with festive musical acts entertaining across the day.

Dorset Echo: Cracker chairman Steve Bulley with Paddington, who will be leading the children's Santa hat paradeCracker chairman Steve Bulley with Paddington, who will be leading the children's Santa hat parade (Image: Dorchester Christmas Cracker)

The very popular Santa Hat Children’s Parade will leave the top of High West Street at 12 noon. 

Last year more than 150 children followed the procession through the streets of Dorchester.

The Cracker event has been organised by a committee of volunteers and a significant contribution is made by the Dorchester Chamber for Business, Dorchester BID and Dorchester Town Council.

The 2023 event is kindly sponsored once again by Kingston Maurward College and Everycare Dorchester.

Lorrie Truelove, Registered Manager and Director of Everycare Dorchester said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Cracker event again this year, which will be our third year of sponsorship. 

"We always have a positive response from visitors and the event has now become part of our social calendar. 

"We are looking forward to meeting up with our clients, staff, and friends on the day."

Esther Baker, marketing manager at Kingston Maurward, added: "Kingston Maurward has supported the Dorchester Christmas Cracker over the last six years, and we are delighted to offer the continued support again this year.

"We believe that the event is vital in bringing the community together and showcasing local products and produce.”