Lincolnshire’s Portas Pilot town, Market Rasen, invites the whole of the county to come along to not one but two fantastic traditional Christmas market events, and see first-hand how the town is being transformed by one its core Portas Pilot promises of “putting the market back in Market Rasen”, with a promise of “the biggest ever daytime market in Market Rasen”.
The evening of Friday December 7th (4-9pm) will see a very traditional Christmas fair hosted by the town council and the Market Rasen & District Round Table, with school children from three local primary schools singing carols and lots of delicious food and drink to eat in the Market Place, alongside the Mayor’s charity event, which will fill the Festival Hall with stalls supporting some fantastic local causes. Click here to join the Friday Market Facebook Event Page.
This evening market will be complemented by late night opening from the Market Rasen high street, with a free prizewinning Snowman Trail for families to complete whilst taking in a unique shopping experience where almost every shop is an independent trader offering a warm and personal welcome. Between the high street shops and the market stalls, visitors are guaranteed a huge choice of gifts, in addition to plenty of places to eat and drink once the shopping is done.
The next day, Saturday 8th December (9-4pm), will see the biggest ever daytime market in Market Rasen, presented by MR BIG, the team behind the Portas Pilot work.
Volunteer market director Jackie Smith confirms there will be over 70 stalls in the town, “In addition to the Market Place, we’re really putting the ‘festive’ into Festival Hall, with more hand made, home made arts & craft stalls than ever before, plus a pop-up Happy Café serving delicious drinks and snacks with a chance to put your feet up over a cuppa, and more stalls in the car park too.”
Many stalls offer the finest Lincolnshire food to feast upon over Christmas, much of which will also be available in Greens of Lincolnshire, MR BIG’s new fruit and veg shop opening on Queen Street, just ahead of the markets, yet another reason to visit Market Rasen this Christmas. Click here to join the Saturday Market Facebook Event Page.
It’s been an amazing year for Market Rasen. Beating over 360 towns to become one of the 12 original Portas Pilots back in May. The smallest town among the winners has possibly made the biggest strides with a vibrant market already taking expressions of interest for its dates in 2013 and their second Big Corner Shop also about to open to sell locally made arts, crafts and gifts.
There are many ways to get to Market Rasen, aside from by car into one of several free car parks. The is also a train station stop off between Lincoln and Grimsby and the town is part of the No 3 Bus Route, or a Call Connect Bus can be booked 0845 2343344 (which operates until 7pm on Friday).
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