A VILLAGE is set to host a community affair with its special festive event which has expanded.

Bradwell-on-Sea is hosting a huge event for Christmas to boost the community spirit after many cancellations during the coronavirus pandemic.

And the Christmas fair has got even bigger and better with the help of Bradwell pub landlords.

The fair is set to be hosted on November 27 from 2pm to 5pm at the village hall.

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All the stalls for the event were taken up in the hall leaving many disappointed potential stallholders.

This is when landlord of the Kings Head, Mike Clay came to the rescue and offered additional space for stalls in his games room and marquee next door to the village hall.

Mike and Kay Clay at the Kings Head will also be hosting a Quiz and Curry Night in the evening at 7.30 pm.

These extra stalls will be selling everything festive - from boutique gin to gingerbread man bunting, toys to toiletries.

Independent businesses have snapped up the extra spaces to sell to Christmas shoppers from across the Dengie.

There will also be songs, carols and hand-bells to entertain guests.

Organisers have also thanked another pub in Bradwell.

Christine Robertson and Tony Keeble are hosting a Santa’s Grotto with his Elf helpers at The Cricketers in E End Road, which promises to be "truly magical".

Children will pay a £1 entry fee which turns into a £1 voucher and a gift from Santa making it great value for money.

Carol Hutton, from the Bradwell-on-Sea Women's Institute, said: "The whole village is well and truly getting behind this wonderful event, where proceeds will be divided between St Cedd’s School, St Thomas Church, the Village Hall Trust and the Bradwell-on-Sea Women’s Institute.

"It promises to be fun for the whole family – an opportunity to start your Christmas shopping early, or to indulge in a hog roast followed by an ice cream and maybe even spot a Victorian character or two."

Entry to the fair is by a voluntary “gold coin” donation of £1 or £2 coins.