Join in Wicksteed Park's magical Christmas market with seasonal pop-up shopportunity

The famous Kettering park will host the market of stalls in the run up to Christmas

By Alison Bagley
Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 10:53 am

Visitors to Kettering's WIcksteed Park will be able to pick up some last-minute Christmas goodies at a pop-up seasonal shopping event.

Independent businesses are being invited to join in by hiring a wooden market chalet to sell to park-goers and the families attending the Magical Wicksteed Christmas experience.

The Christmas Market will be free for visitors to attend where they will be able to browse local food produce, delicious baked goods, crafted gifts, festive treats and homewares all by local independent businesses.

Running from Saturday, December 19 until Christmas Eve, the event will take place alongside Wicksteed Park’s ticketed festive train and meet and greet with Mr and Mrs Claus and their reindeer.

Organiser, Lauren Steeples from Pop-Up Partners, said: "We are going to have 12 chalets offering a really good mix of stalls. Some will be there for all six days, some will be there for just one day.

"We're going to have homebakers, stalls selling accessories, cocktail boxes, homeware and even a photographic studio with Emma DB Photography offering seasonal photoshoots - it's not just a craft fair - it's going to offer a real opportunity for local independent businesses to have a ‘pop-up shop’ style stall in one of our wooden market chalets. There will be something new each day"

Wedding planner Lauren, 27, from Burton Latimer, has teamed-up with Richard Butler who both own wedding-related businesses and are working together on the Wicksteed Park project together - Lauren owns Only Doing it Once whilst Richard's Something Borrowed Event Hire is based in Wellingborough.

Wicksteed Park pavilion

She said: "We are really excited to be supporting our local traders. Being a local small businesses ourselves, we can relate to the struggle that 2020 has been. It's been a terrible year."

"As well as supporting Wicksteed Park which we all know and love as our local landmark, we'll be spreading a bit of Christmas cheer and the chance of a mulled wine is what we all need."

With garlands of Christmas lights, mulled wine and mince pies the Christmas market will be run in a Covid-compliant way with marshalls, a one-way system and hand sanitising points around the stalls.

Lauren added: "We have been working with Environmental Health at the council to ensure everyone's safety.

Meet the reindeer

"If you would like to come as a guest please just head to Wicksteed Park and enjoy the festive fun, if you are a trader and would like a hut please contact us."

The Market will take place in wooden chalet-style huts on the hard-standing area within the park near to the pavilion.

They will be open from Saturday, December 19 to December 23, 9.30am to 8pm and on Christmas Eve from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

To book a stall contact [email protected] .

The Christmas market will be open at the same time as the other festive offerings