A Victorian Christmas market returns to Skegness this weekend, promising to be bigger and better than ever before.
Skegness Carnival Committee has teamed up with key organisations in the town to deliver a festive experience, harking back to the era which invented many of our beloved Christmas traditions.
Committee chairman Kris Bell said “There is going to be a much better atmosphere than previous years, with twice the number of stalls and lots of festive sights and sounds to entertain visitors.” For the first time in its history, this year’s two day event will be situated along Lumley Road, which will be pedestrianised for the weekend so that more stalls selling a wider range of goods can be featured than ever before.
Town manager Stefan Krause has also utilised his European connections to incorporate a Hungarian folklore market alongside the other festive stalls, which he hopes will boost the event and bolster European relationships through the ‘Transnational Network’.
The Hungarians will be bringing traditional yurt tents where they will display their native produce including culinary delicacies, crafts and novel gift ideas.
Folklore market representative Benedek Gal said: “We’re delighted to be visiting Lincolnshire for the first time and showcasing some of our local produce.
“We will also offer some taster sessions as some of our products will be unique in England.
“The market traders aim to present the best quality homegrown, hand-picked and handmade delicacies, preferable non-chemical or bio quality products that characterise the historical Ghemer area.
“Their target is also to make the region more attractive for tourism and to represent the common interests of local craftsmen and small producers.”
Stall-holders selling a wide range of festive produce will be trading for longer than before, with the market opening between 10am and 8pm on Saturday and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday.
There will also be musical entertainment from Skegness Silver Band and it is hoped that carol singers will perform to add an extra festive feeling.