The Pack Monday Fair was originally called the Michaelmas Fair and takes place on the first Monday after old Michaelmas Day (October 10th). Tradition states that Abbot Peter Ramsam and his workmen completed the nave of the abbey and kept a holiday on that day in 1490. The name Pack Monday was derived from the men packing up their tools. Four days of entertainment with live music and a Monday full of street traders and eateries in the heart of Sherborne
Sherborne’s Festive Shopping Day is always well supported as the town puts on a whole host of different musical, fun and entertaining activities. The main shopping area of Cheap Street is closed to traffic allowing for street performers, choirs, bands, orchestras, carollers, dancers and more. The Abbey Church welcomes visitors to join in its joyful Shoppers’ Carol Services, held at 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, and to wonder at its magnificent ceiling-high Christmas tree and traditional crib scene. The Cheap Street Church stages its ever-popular Christmas Tree Festival too, featuring dozens of twinkling trees, all delightfully and individually decorated.