Festive food, handcrafted gifts and joyful carols will be on the Christmas wish list for Lincolnshire this weekend, as organisers prepare to welcome more than 8,000 people to the annual Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair.
Advanced tickets sales for the family-friendly event are up by almost a quarter and, with more than 150 traders attending, this year’s fair is expected to be the busiest and biggest to date.
Taking place at Lincolnshire Showground this Saturday and Sunday, November 28 and 29, the fair promises to celebrate Christmas all under one roof, with two local choirs singing festive favourites and a number of stalls boosting local gifts and treats for loved ones.
“The fair is always an essential fixture in the calendar and helps Lincolnshire kick off the festive season in spectacular style,” said Jayne Southall, CEO for Lincolnshire Showground.
“As the fair heads into its 15th year, we are keen to make the event bigger and better than ever before.
“A host of new and returning exhibitors will line the two halls at the Showground and with a variety of stalls and entertainment to suit all ages and under 16s going free, the fair will be a great festive day to enjoy with all the family.”
The fair will also see some local favourites returning this year including The Mighty Horde – a combination of the Nettleham and the Horncastle community choirs.
Choir director Frances Kelly said: “We are all very happy to be returning to the fair this year.
“It’s a brilliant event which brings together the best bits of Lincolnshire and we are excited to be a part of it by singing festive carols – both local favourites and from afar.”
Barrie Hall (73) from Lincoln will also be lighting up the fair with his miniature Christmas Coca Cola truck, raising money for Cancer Research UK.
The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair is open from 10am to 4pm each day and includes free parking.
Advanced tickets can be bought online or over the phone until Friday at £5 each.
Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult.
Visit www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk or call the dedicated ticket hotline on 01749 814087.