Marshall’s Yard Festive Fayre to spread Christmas Cheer in Gainsborough

youngsters admiring the Christmas decorations at Marshall's Yard

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.”

Live, local entertainment

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.”

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A fun filled festive weekend!

There are also more festive events planned this weekend in Gainsborough, including Christmas Craft Fairs’ and The Old Nick Theatre and All Saints Parish Church on Saturday 2 December. Gainsborough Model Railway will also be open for their open day on Sunday 3 December, 1.30pm to 5.30pm. For more details head over to

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