Summer Lovin’ Market – Now it’s FIFTY stall holders!

STOP PRESS – We can now confirm that this Saturday’s Summer Lovin’ market will have FIFTY STALL HOLDERS! Is this a record for Market Rasen? Please join us in congratulating the MR BIG Market Team for putting this together, headed by Market Director Jackie Smith – and all of them volunteers! Scroll down to find out all the treats lined up…

It’s all happening in Rasen this Saturday

On Saturday September 1st Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) is throwing its biggest and best ever market yet, as part of their Portas Pilot promise to “put the market back in Market Rasen”. Billed as the “Summer Lovin’ Market”, and fully embracing a 1970 theme, visitors of all ages are invited to “get their groove on” and arrive in 1970 fancy dress, with £10 spot prizes for the best! There will be 50 stall holders, a pop up indoor craft market in the high street, seaside style bingo, Market Rasen themed peep boards, free face paining for children, a host of offers and freebies from the high street to enjoy, buskers performing the best summer songs and an after market party with live music too! Or for those feeling more adventurous there’s a late afternoon race meeting at Market Rasen Race Course, with the first race at 4.45pm. If that wasn’t enough – after the racing, Rasen will see James Morrison performing live for race-goers. Starting at 9am and with things to do until late into the evening, visitors from across Lincolnshire, and beyond, are invited to see summer out in style in Market Rasen, making use of the five free car parks in the town, or by coming into town by train or bus!

MR BIG invites everyone (stall holders, shop owners and visitors) to join in with a Summer of Love fancy dress, with £10 spot prizes for the best outfits seen by MR BIG’s judges.

And to give a fantastic old tradition a new twist, MR BIG has commissioned three seaside ‘peepboards’ for people to photograph their friends and family peeking through.

“We all know the classic peep boards from the seaside,” says MR BIG’s volunteer director for social media Angela Montague, “where you pop your head through a silly picture to have your photo taken looking like the people in the picture. Well, we’ve created three boards with some very Market Rasen themes so people can bring this tradition bang up to date by taking photos of family and friends with the boards to share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! And we want to say a huge thank you to local artists Emma Brown who created this brilliant artwork for free and Jackson Building Supplies who donated the materials.”

The 40 plus Summer Lovin’ market stalls will offer gifts, plants, health and beauty, local honey, cakes, and the artisan and specialist food Lincolnshire is rightly so well known for. MR BIG will have a stall too, selling their ‘Heart Market Rasen’ t shirts, bags, mugs and umbrellas. They’ll also be collecting entries for the design a T shirt competition, click this link for full details.

MR BIG has also arranged for a pop up craft market indoors, at the CG Partnership rooms (located off Queen Street in the passageway next to the former Arena Cafe).

Discover our Pop Up Craft gallery down the passage to the left of this high street shop!

For the children there will be candyfloss, popcorn and rock (for summer themed treats) and free face painting.

There will also be family Bingo under the auction shed in the market square, and throughout the market the soundtrack of the 30 best ever summer songs performed live by local buskers.

Starting at 9am in the town’s Georgian market place, there will also be an After Party at local pub The George, with live music from ‘Stark’. Or for those feeling more adventurous there’s a late afternoon race meeting at Market Rasen Race Course, with the first race at 4.45pm. If that wasn’t enough – after the racing, Rasen will see James Morrison performing live for race-goers.

Jackie Smith, MR BIGs Market Director said, ‘It’s great to see Market Rasen putting itself on the map as a great shopping destination and events venue. This weekend there really will be something for everyone – young and old, local people and visitors from further afield. We’ve pulled out all the stops to make this market the best one yet, and ask anyone who’s wondering how things are going in our Portas Pilot town, to come and see first hand!”

And to get an idea of what a BIG market looks like, have a look at this video from the first one:

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