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Festive Fayre to spread some Christmas cheer at Gainsborough’s Marshall’s Yard

Festive Fayre to spread some Christmas cheer at Gainsborough’s Marshall’s Yard
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Festive Fayre to spread some Christmas cheer at Gainsborough’s Marshall’s Yard

27 November 2023

It’s time for a festive feast this weekend at Gainsborough’s Marshall’s Yard as more than 30 stalls selling food and other delights will line the shopping centre to help you to get into the Christmas spirit.

There will be festive food, free face painting, craft workshops, and live entertainment between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3. 

Shoppers can also make the most of the cheap parking options available, with up to four hours for only £1 or all day parking for £1 in the centre’s overflow car park in Station Approach.

Food vendors bringing their culinary delights to the event include traditional German Bratwursts, roasted chestnuts, and the ever-popular Yorkshire pudding wraps.

There will also be a range of craft stalls offering the perfect gifting ideas including The Little Cottage Candle Co., The Woodman Workshop and Natalie Cass Art.

Retford Lions will be brining Father Christmas to the event in his sleigh where children will be able to meet him and receive a small gift.

Bruce Barnett, treasurer at Retford Lions, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Santa to Gainsborough for families and young ones to enjoy.

“All donations raised will help contribute towards providing free Christmas lunches for individuals at The Blues Club, Gainsborough on Christmas Day that are without loved ones. Anyone who would like to join please call 01777 248354.”

In addition to the variety of stalls, an array of talented local performers will take to the stage across the weekend.

The Salvation Army choir will kick things off on the Saturday with a performance at 10am. Sarah Stones will perform at noon, followed by Freddie Halkon at 2pm.

On Sunday, Ellie James will perform two slots at Noon and 2pm. The Echo Theatre School, performing The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, will take to the stage at 1pm.  

There will also be a meet and greet with the festive Pepper Pig on Saturday from Noon to 1pm and Sunday between 11am and Noon. 

Free face painting is on Saturday between 10am and 4pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

Each day of the event has kindly been sponsored by Horsley’s of Gainsborough and Wright Vigar accountants.

Event sponsor Dave Horsley, director of Horsley’s of Gainsborough, said: “Horsleys have been established in Gainsborough for more than 120 years and we are happy to support this event that helps to promote our town.

“We try to be the customers‘ first choice for flooring, beds and suites – and we are sure everyone will have a first-class time at the event.”

Event sponsor David Goodall, director of Wright Vigar accountants, said: “We are an independent local firm of chartered accountants, who have been looking after the financial needs of the community of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire for more than 40 years.

“We are based at Marshall’s Yard and are thrilled to be supporting the event. I am sure everyone who comes along will have a brilliant time, which will help the community to get into the festive spirit.”  

Melissa Cutforth, assistant manager at Marshall’s Yard, said: “We have a fantastic array of food stalls, so come along and find out what the artisan makers in the region have to offer.

“This is also a great chance to pick up some culinary inspiration ahead of the big day.

“We have so much going on here at Marshall’s Yard – all aimed at getting you right into the festive spirit.”  

The event follows on from the ‘Launch of Christmas’ event on November 17 and 18 in which shoppers got to see the spectacular Christmas lights for the first time and marvel at a performance from the stunning Spark Drummers.

The fun continued last weekend with a weekend packed with festive entertainment and a Santa’s Grotto.

Looking ahead, the Festive Farm – featuring adorable farm animals dressed in Christmas jumpers – will be at the centre on Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, from 11am to 3pm.

A Disney-themed festive meet and greet event with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with Santa’s Grotto and brass band, will take place on Saturday, December 16, from 11am to 2pm.

And taking you right up to Christmas, there will be further festive entertainment, including a Santa’s Grotto on Friday, December 22. There will also be an array of festive food pop-up stalls and the centre will be filled with the sounds of festive entertainment on Saturday, December 23, and Sunday, December 24, from 10am onwards.

For more upcoming events happening at Marshall’s Yard please visit


Pictures show youngsters admiring the Christmas decorations at Marshall's Yard and families enjoying face painting at a previous event. 

For further information, contact:

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644