Huge buzz as Uckfield goes late night shopping

Families flocked into Uckfield town centre tonight (December 2) for the town’s late night shopping evening.


Crowds fill pavements and road during Uckfield late night shopping.

A dry night, most shops open until late and a raft of entertainment proved a huge draw for townspeople and those in surrounding villages.


Guess the number of balloons in this car – that was the challenge from a team from Tressler Coachwork. From the left are Andy McGuckin, Jo McGuckin, Vickie French and Cara McGuckin. The prize for the person guessing the correct number will be a family ticket to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne.

The station car park, which was free for the evening, has probably never been so full.

At the same time, hundreds of people visited Holy Cross Church to see a dazzling display from the annual Christmas Tree Festival with more than 80 decorated trees on show.


Queues for a hog roast wrap around Carvills.

Uckfield was certainly buzzing with more entertainment, more stalls and more activities than ever before.

There was action all the way from the River Uck to the Church Street junction.


Nicole Simpson and Margaret Dode-Angel from Sussex Support Service serve hot chocolate ‘with the works’ during late night shopping.

The High Street was closed from south of Grange Road to the traffic lights at Bell Farm Lane with the road utilised for stalls, entertainment, dancing and people thronging in safety from passing traffic.

Thanks to Sarah Bardsley Photography for the next three photographs of Universal Dance entertaining in the High Street.

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Carol singing in the middle of Uckfield High Street from members of Universal Dance

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Members of Uninversal Dance entertain a large crowd in the middle of Uckfield High Street during late night Christmas shopping

Uckfield firefighters had an appliance parked in the street with youngsters able to sit in the driver’s seat.


Uckfield firefighters from the left are Charlie Dunford, Rick Funnell, Gary Smith and Nick Hart.

Many charities took the opportunity to have stalls to promote their work and raise money.

There was more entertainment and stalls in Civic Approach where WI members were to be found.


Carol singers in Civic Approach.

The King’s Church was established at the top of the High Street, near the Volunteer Centre, with the Baptist Church serving hot chestnuts outside Bridge Cottage.


King’s Church gave out goody bags to children.


Uckfield Baptist Church serves free hot chestnuts outside Bridge Cottage.

Inside the cottage were stalls, which included the Uckfield section of the Sussex Family History Group, with the Cards for Good Causes shop open in another part of the building.

At town square, dozens of pupils from Uckfield area schools entertained large numbers of people with Christmas carols and songs.


Sharon Douglas serves mulled cider at Cheese Etc.

The crowds of people out and about in Uckfield will have delighted traders who had to endured difficult trading conditions because of roadworks which ran all through the spring and summer, with a one-way traffic flow.


All dressed up at Chestnut Tree children’s hospice charity shop are from the left, Nette Chipchase, Joan Watling, Marc Woodcock, Joy Millns and Angie Page.


Uckfield Lions Graham Russell and Frank Phillips with Santa and his sleigh in Olives Yard.


See also:

Uckfield playgroup helps national appeal

Christmas lights may get a boost in 2017

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

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