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Lincoln Christmas Market

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MarilynB Report 5 Dec 2012 18:39

Going to Lincoln Christmas Market tomorrow, anyone know if there is any snow around there. Been really looking forward to it, probably be 6 foot deep tomorrow. Not been before, We booked two years ago and it was cancelled, due to SNOW. Stopping overnight in Lincoln but believe its mostly small roads from when I am (near Manchester) to Lincoln.

Wonder if I dare open the curtains tomorrow, setting off at 5 45, hoping to get a nice breakfast before shops open.

:-D :-) :-(


JustJohn Report 5 Dec 2012 19:08

Magical place, Marilyn. Very steep hills. Many years since we went there, but it was very quaint and very pretty up by the Cathedral.

Doesn't look cold enough for much snow tomorrow. Sat does look cold!!

Hope you have lovely day :-D

 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 5 Dec 2012 19:29

Take a look at the weather from the BBC...

Just a few things.the place is usually heaving with people so keep hubby's wallet and your purse safe,pickpockets frequent the market and don't mind who they target.

Right Hats,Scarves and gloves will be needed as it is going to be cold.

You will need boots as well cos it gets very slippy on the hills if your going to look for a decent cafe.
But plenty of stalls selling food and it was good 3 yrs ago,also Mulled wine from one of the stalls or hopefullly there will be a stall there selling glasses full of warming drinkl, think I got Brandy with Lincoln Logo on the glass.

It's lovely when all the Christmass lights come on and people selling Hot chestnuts.
Plenty of stall for small christmas pressies.

Have a great day. :-D


Paul Report 5 Dec 2012 19:38

The setting is absolutely magnificent but, unfortunately, the crowds and the traffic can be horrific, so leave plenty of time. Parking at the showground and getting the shuttle is dead easy, but the showground itself is quite a way out of the city. Assuming you don;t need to go across the city to get there, you'll be fine

Also, I've never seen so many fudge stalls!


Patricia Report 5 Dec 2012 20:03

The forecast is for heavy rain....... although it is very cold tonight sio could be icey.

We live about 30mins away and am going tomorrow too

Comfy shoes a must, warm clothing also a must, but you will enjoy it, we go almost every year. There is a bit of a one way system around the castle area but that does help with crowds and there is a one way system for Steep Hill this year too


MarilynB Report 5 Dec 2012 20:05

Thanks everyone, really looking forward to it, we have booked into a guest house for tomorrow night, going for a Christmas meal about half four then wandering down, (walking) I think its about twenty minute walk from guest house. Want to see it at night when its all lit up. Cant wait for the hot chestnuts, even a warm brandy.

:-D :-D


MarilynB Report 5 Dec 2012 20:09

Is it a one way system for the full market, hubby a bit worried if you see something on a stall and want to go back, you have to go all the way round again. Wouldn`t have thought you have to do that though, do you?? :-S


Ron2 Report 5 Dec 2012 21:02

Marilyn - "small roads"?? Dont understand. Dont know where you live in Manchester but lots of Motorways.

If I was doing the route plan I'd opt for easiest route to avoid icy B roads etc. From Manchester get to M62 and head East, M18 head South, M180 head East then leave at J4 and go south on A15 (some speed cameras) which takes you direct to Lincoln ring road (A46 think) . Probably a 2 hour trip @ 70mph on M'ways and reduced speed on A15 if no stops.


MarilynB Report 5 Dec 2012 21:07

Thanks Ronald, we are actually in Derbyshire, a few miles outside of Manchester, apparently we are going on the M18 and the A1, I just found out. It does take us about 2 hours accordingly to Google.


Patricia Report 5 Dec 2012 21:55

Marilyn ..... there are many stalls all over the place BUT if you leave the castle area and then want to go back then yes you will need to go round again, they will not let you back in.

If you come down the A1 and then I'd guess it will be the A57, if so have 36p ready for the toll bridge at Dunham.

Not sure if it applies to you but dogs are not allowed anywhere, except for assisstance dogs. I saw a family turned away one year that came for a break and didn't know and couldn't leave the dog at the hotel.

Hope yo enjoy yourselves


MarilynB Report 5 Dec 2012 22:02

Thanks for advice Patricia, yes we will be on A57, I will have pennies ready. Don`t have a dog so that doesn`t apply to us. Will have to make sure we get things when we see them then.

:-D :-D

 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 5 Dec 2012 23:31

There wasn't a one way system when I was there 3 years ago..
Mind I was escorting a load of Elderly people.

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 6 Dec 2012 05:42

Have a lovely time Marilyn, take care and stay warm and upright.


I am digging out all my thick clothes ready for my visit to the West Norfolk coast next week, might just stay by the log fire all day lol


Patricia Report 6 Dec 2012 09:09

There has always been a one way system in the Castle area, you can only get in from the cathedral side and out the other. The only time this was lifted, as far as I'm aware, was in 2010 when the market was cancelled due to snow, but as there were already a few stall holders in some of the buildings they held a 'mini' xmas market.

This year they have extended the one way system to Steep Hill, you can only go up it now, not down, there is another route for going down.

Off to Lincoln myself now :-D :-D :-D


Ron2 Report 6 Dec 2012 19:11

Went once, many years ago and we both said never again. Much too crowded, couldn't get near a lot of the stalls etc etc.

Hope Dunham on Trent doesn't flood as River Trent very high and Dunham was on Alert or Warning - cant remember which. Trent had overflowed a bit into some fields at Gainsboro t'other day when we visited.


Patricia Report 7 Dec 2012 10:37

The Trent was fine, it is back within it's banks! Last week it was twice it's normal size.

well we went to Lincoln, and I can't say I was impressed this year, the one way system was more or less around the whole area, we had to walk right round the back of the cathedral, about 1/2mile, when we used to be able to walk about 50yds down one street!!! They had put a few stalls around there but not many.

And we saw some dogs and they were not assistance dogs, why you would want to drag a dog among those crowds is beyond me

On the plus side there seemed to be less people trying to push prams about!

Whether it was because we went on a Thursday I don't know but it wasn't as crowded


MarilynB Report 7 Dec 2012 13:03

Just got back ourselves from the market, stayed overnight. It was cold last night and just started to rain as we got to the bottom of steep hill. It was very crowded and wet and you couldn`t really get to any of the stalls.

It was a one way up the hill and we met others coming back down who were being directed down an adjoining road near the top. I dont know where we went though we ended up walking down a very quiet hill which took us back to the shops.

I am glad I went, but don`t think I would go again, I asked OH if he fancied another walk round it this morning before we left and he said NO CHANCE!!! :-D :-D :-D