Market Rasen’s next Portas Pilot driven market – on Saturday November 3rd – is going to be a “monster”, with organisers MR BIG (the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group) promising plenty of tricks and treats for families in half term.
Just after Halloween and right before Bonfire Night it feels the perfect time for fancy dress, so everyone is invited to turn up in a spooky costumes on the day – kids, adults, traders, shop keepers – and there will be spot prizes for the best dressed about town.
And it would not be autumn without some seasonal pumpkins, so there’s another competition running for the best creepy and creative carvings! Children and adults are invited to pop their carved pumpkins for display under the auction shed (in the market square) before 10.30am on the day, with judging taking place from midday for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Entry forms available in the high street, from the MR BIG blog and from the auction shed at the market. Click here to print your entry form Monster Market Pumpkin Entry Form
Also lurking under the auction shed will be MR BIG’s special ‘Monster Librarians’ who will be reading scary stories for children, as well as helping them create some cracking, firework art. These Monster Librarians – from Market Rasen Library and the Mobile Library Service – will also be hosting a second hand book stall to raise funds for new library books.
Weaving in among the crowds will be two tricksters in the form of MR BIG’s street magician and balloon maker, and as for treats there will be plenty of those, with over 50 stalls shared between the market place and festival halls selling scrumptious Lincolnshire food, including those must-have toffee apples, and fabulous crafts.
The Monster Market is also the first event in the town where 22 local businesses will be offering discounts and offers through the innovative new Tik Tap smartphone app, that aims to bridge the gap between online, mobile and high street shopping.
Tik Tap is a local loyalty programme designed and built by the same people behind the highly successful Orange Wednesdays cinema campaign, and Market Rasen is one of a select few towns in the UK to awarded the opportunity to introduce this scheme. Market Rasen businesses signed up and promoting their offers on TikTap already are:
Blue River Jewellery,Greens of Lincolnshire (the new MR BIG veg shop), Lancasters, Mama Js at Market Rasen Racecourse, Market Rasen Racecourse, Peter Rhodes, Quintessential Beauty, Rasen Hardware, Rasen Mobility Rhodes Fitted Kitchens Ltd, Smudged, Spring Beauty, Spring Fashion, Style Studio, Sunnyside Up, Tattershalls at Market Rasen Racecourse, The Big Corner Shop (another MR BIG shop in town), Touches Beauty Salon, VT Lancaster & Son, Wild One Tours Limited, and Wold View House B&B.
Market visitors are invited to download the TikTap app for free from iTunes or Google Android stores. It then stores details of all live offers in the area on their iPhone or Android – users ‘Tik’ the ones that appeal. Then when they pop into the shop, they simply “Tap” their mobile phones over an electronic ‘pod’ to redeem the offer.
“With five free car parks in the town, we’d really love to see lots of out of towners join the locals for this one,” commented volunteer markets director Jackie Smith, “with a date between Halloween and Bonfire night, we think it’s the ideal time to treat your little monsters to a some very British Autumn traditions.”