Popular festive shopping event the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair will be returning to Lincoln on November 26 and 27, featuring around 150 traders.
More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the Christmas event at the Lincolnshire Showground north of the city, with visitors enjoying demonstrations from top county chefs, traditional choirs and traders.
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This year, for the first time, the organisers of the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair are working with traders to introduce a new Santa’s Workshop upstairs in the Epic Centre.
Families and young children will be able to get hands on with a variety of festive-themed crafts, enjoy baking, hear storytelling and even meet Father Christmas himself.
Ruddocks of Lincoln will be helping children to create festive tree decorations and gifts to take home in its hands-on workshops at the event.
Rhiannon Wilkinson from Ruddocks said: “Santa’s Workshop is a fantastic opportunity for us to show that we are offering an alternative to shopping at the fair especially for the young people. We want the younger shopper to enjoy the entertainment while gaining a new skill.”
With the fair now in its 16th year, CEO of the Showground Jayne Southall said she is looking forward to kick-starting the county’s Christmas calendar of events.
She said: “The Food and Gift Fair is always a highly-anticipated event on everyone’s calendar as it helps kick-start festive celebrations in Lincolnshire.
“This year, we’re looking forward to welcoming back popular businesses who have exhibited with us before as well as introducing new traders, who will be getting in the festive spirit by displaying their Christmas produce and gifts or participating in our brand new Santa’s Workshop.
“We’re determined to make this year’s fair the best one yet, so whether you are a Christmas shopper, love to browse Lincolnshire’s finest produce, or are looking for a fun day out with all of the family, it’s definitely an event not to be missed.”
The Fair is open from 9am to 4pm on both days and visitors will have access to free parking.
Tickets for the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair are available online at £5 each. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult.