A SERIES of one-day festivals in Oxford’s ‘trendiest street’ have attracted an extra 20,000 shoppers.

John Mair, chairman of the Little Clarendon Street Association, worked with traders to create Mayfest, which brought in 10,000 people to see food stalls and musical performances.

Julyfest and Octoberfest followed, each attracting 5,000 people each and now the fourth street festival is to take place on Sunday, November 17.

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It will have a Christmas theme and link up with neighbouring St Giles’ Church, where there will be Christmas tree displays.

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Mr Mair said: ‘The street festivals have been a rip-roaring success this year.

“Thousands have come, and Little Clarendon Street is once more a destination for Oxford shoppers and is firmly back on the up.

“Come and experience it for yourself.We shall continue this community initiative in 2020.

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“I think footfall is increasing and the street is back on the map where it belongs.”

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The festival starts at 3pm and runs until about 10pm.

Mr Mair added that there would be 20 street stalls including dishes from around the globe including Ethiopian, Spanish, Italian, Caribbean and more.

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At 5pm, a parade will set off from Little Clarendon Street for the Oxford Christmas Light Festival and at 5.30pm there will be a Choral Contemplation with the Somerville Choir in the Somerville College chapel (entrance via the Porters Lodge in Woodstock Road).

This will be followed at 7pm by a performance by The Jericho Singers in the chapel.

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All bars, restaurants and sandwich shops will stay open until late.

Mr Mair added: “It’s a lovely way to start the countdown to Christmas and it’s a really good community event, with the traders linking up with the college and the church."

In the past Little Clarendon Street was known as ‘little trendy street’ and Mr Mair and members of the association have been reminding shoppers of its mix of restaurants, boutiques and independent businesses.

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The ‘revival’ association for the street, which runs between Walton Street and Woodstock Road, has raised £3,000 to restore overhead lighting and put up new hanging baskets. Committee members include Somerville and University colleges.