Big Christmas market planned for Spalding

Gavin Allmand, chairman of Spalding Town Retailers Association.
Gavin Allmand, chairman of Spalding Town Retailers Association.
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Spalding will have its biggest Christmas market in years with upwards of 100 craft, gift, seasonal and food stalls on Sunday, November 30.

It promises to be a fantastic weekend with the Christmas lights switch-on taking place on Friday, November 28, a weekend Winter Fair at Ayscoughfee Hall and special attractions at the regular Saturday market, including Spalding Marching Ambassadors and Morris dancers.

Gavin Allmand, chairman of Spalding Town Retailers Association (STRA), said: “It is many years since Spalding has had such a large Christmas market and this will rival Christmas markets in neighbouring towns.

“With the Ayscoughfee event and activity and the market in the town, there is no reason why our residents should think of going anywhere else.

“Put a date in your diary to visit Spalding. The town is united in organising something for all our residents to enjoy.”

More than 60 stalls have signed up for the festive market, but the number is expected to top 100 with inquiries arriving daily.

Stalls will be in Market Place, Bridge Street and Hall Place and there will be children’s funfair rides in Red Lion Street.

There’s added fun for the children because St Mary and St Nicolas Church is hiding 15 knitted sheep in town centre stores on Friday, November 28 – and youngsters will be asked to find them so the sheep can perform their star turn at the Small and Mighty Wonder Nativity taking place at the Almost Christmas Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

Ayscoughfee’s Winter Fair runs from 10.30am-4pm both days and there’s a chance to meet Father Christmas, take part in crafts, meet a paper wizard, enjoy traditional Christmas songs and music and, on the Sunday, see mobile demonstrations from Chain Bridge Forge.

The Christmas market is being organised by STRA with help from the district council and market traders. The lights switch-on is organised by Tulip Radio and the chamber of commerce.

• Mr Allmand said there’s an added bonus with free parking at council car parks on the Sunday.