Lincoln Christmas Market
Lincoln Christmas Market
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Maggie
London, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Very overcrowded, too many people to enjoy it. The city should consider making it a month long market so people can visit in their own time. Trying to gather everyone in 4 days is just plain stupid.
I have been to many European markets where they usually start theirs at the end of November and it runs until after Xmas. This way it’s enjoyable for everyone with true Xmas spirit.
Food was ridiculously overpriced, Greek gyros with slice of Halumi for £16!!! It’s a joke! More than a quality main course meal at a restaurant for a cold half decent street food.
Some stalls were fairly pricing their food such as amazing pancakes stall for £5 a piece plus £2 coffee.
Others just plain rip off , mulled wine and pies stand- watered down tasteless wine , definitely not drinkable.
The only good stall with mulled wine was the one in the main square.
Sausages also hugely overpriced.
Never again.
Written December 7, 2022
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YorkshireRule
Leeds, UK175 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
I’ve never seen so many people in such a small area, dangerously overcrowded. The stalls were diabolically expensive, as average earners we were shocked to find that 2 trays of chips and cheese with 2 bottles of water came to 27 pounds, we ate in Harrods in London last week for cheaper. The chips were cold and the cheese had green bits which looked like mold. There was no Christmas atmosphere whatsoever, very little organisation, no stalls selling anything to buy for Christmas presents, surely that’s the whole point of a Christmas market ? It’s such a shame but I cannot see how it’s possible this market can go ahead again, even some of the stall holders were discussing how many thousands they had to pay for being there, which obviously reflected in the prices they were charging. The park and ride we found to be very good actually, with no queues, but maybe we got lucky. The portaloos were awful though. Definitely do not recommend it, as queueing to get to a stall selling cheese or coffee is not to be liking. Many people were arriving and leaving quickly, the mood on the return bus was visibly quiet, like we’d all just been through trauma and robbed of our hard earned money and returning home. Never again. Such a shame, as this is not a Christmas market, more an expensive mistake for all visiting. I hope the Yorkshire Pudding stall and the Smothered Chips stalls enjoy counting their money and can sleep tonight. Not.
Written December 4, 2022
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Antony
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
There is no Christmas spirit here! DO NOT TAKE YOU CHILDREN!!! Absolutely awful! Massively overcrowded, people panicking because they were too squashed in. It is so unorganised. The prices are outrageous and I was standing in the queue for a Yorkshire pudding wrap and the owner changed the price twice while people were standing in the queue, literally rubbed the chalk of the board and wrote new price Twice, £18 for a Yorkshire pudding wrap, there were a lot of people that left that queue. Overall, unorganised, dangerously overcrowded, greedy prices, all the stalls are repetitive and I would say 90% of the stalls are just the same food stalls. A few years ago it was a lovely place, not now....now it is extremely disappointing. We will not be going again!
Written December 3, 2022
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Robby
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Went on Saturday after lunch and walked up The Steep and was surprised how many people were around but encouraged by security who seemed to be keeping people safe and moving.
At the top of the hill it was unclear where the markets were so we followed one stream of people away from the Cathedral towards the castle which proved to be the right direction.
Once inside there was a mass of people all moving slowly in the same direction along a 'one way' system. Unfortunately, there were so many people moving along and large queues at a popular stalls we just moved with the flow. After 5 minutes we wanted to out of there but there was no signage and the only option seemed to be to follow the crowds which time was stopping and starting due to the numbers of people.
Eventually outside the castle I hoped we'd have an opportunity to escape but unfortunately with no signage we ended up in another one way system which again was impossible to get out of.
Eventually the crowds thinned a little and after asking directions finally escaped the melee.
The market is obviously a victim of its own success which made it far too busy to be enjoyable. There were no maps indicating where the stall were or escape routes - something hopefully they will introduce next year.
The only plus side was that they had people on security trying to keep the flow moving otherwise it could have become quite dangerous and in future, if numbers increase any more, this could become a very dangerous place to be.
Written December 3, 2022
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Kzm1372
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
So disappointing. After 10 years of saying we will go. This year, we booked Park & Ride tickets and took the plunge. The park and ride was perfect. Well executed, advance purchase saved us at least 30 minutes of queuing. The market location, setting, just perfect. All the local shops surrounding the market looked lovely and we will go back just for them. That’s where the nice elements of this review stops. To the organiser, firstly, surely you shouldn’t be crowding that many people in, who did your risk assessment? Secondly, how on earth do you think people can enjoy this? We spent 30 minutes being herded round like crushed sheep. To see the top of the roof of traders sheds. You couldn’t get close to the stalls and if you did, you would be pushed and shoved by the crowd squeezing their way in. Please, take a serious look at European markets, who do an incredible job and make the build up to Christmas even more special. You can see everything as they are so well spaced. You have great crowd control, lots and lots more stalls and choice, not just food or Fayre! . Read your reviews. Seriously disappointed. It could have been so amazing. Better planning, organising, more stalls, more spread out. You have the best location and opportunity to make this so good with so much choice. I’d suggest new management, fresh eyes and a new approach. What a wasted opportunity to make something so magical!!
Written December 4, 2022
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darrenelain
Blaxton, UK548 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Been coming here for nearly 30 years and only missed two, it has been getting worse over the past six years and you can't blame Covid for that.
This used to be one of the best Christmas Markets but not no more, disappointed and a waste of time.
Definitely no atmosphere, boring music playing I just hope it was a bit more lively in the evening.
Must have been 100 stalls missing, none of the regular stalls holders their part from a couple.
It really needs new management to pick this Christmas Market Up, or they will find fewer and fewer people going when there are better ones around.
Written December 5, 2021
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Cr2017
Lincoln, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Absolute chaos.

From the minute you enter you find yourself just riding on the wave of the crowd. You cannot deviate from the flow and visit a stall as you can't move left or right, and when you do manage to glance at a stall you realise you can get the same pair of socks in tesco for £20 less.

No crowd control from the marshalls and definitely no limit to the amount of people that can enter equals a very unpleasant experience. The park and ride queue was absolutely diabolical (easy 2 hour wait) with no organisation and we saw a lot of people getting into heated confrontations as a result. Thank the lord himself that we weren't in it.

Safe to say we won't be returning unless some organisation, maybe some entry tickets to control crowd numbers for example, can be brought to this shambles of an event.
Written December 3, 2022
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Steve B
Stoke-on-Trent, UK87 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Even allowing for the restrictions caused by the current situation, this year was a disappointment.

This used to be one of the best Christmas events in the UK.

This year was really flat, characterless and bland.

Row after row of fast food stalls, all selling the usual stuff available at any big public event with, in this case, pricing ranging from hysterically optimistic to grand larceny.

Totally lacking in atmosphere, not helped by the frankly risible number of stalls selling anything other than junk food.

An hour would have been enough but the traditional coach trip people were stuck for hours. Wonder how they killed time.

Mercifully, the event was less crowded than usual. At least the pubs had a little more room.

This event needs a serious rethink if it is to have a future.

It’s been shrinking and becoming less interesting for years.

A terrible loss. A few years ago it was a fixture in the calendar, not to be missed. Next year. I wonder ...
Written December 5, 2021
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George S
Lincoln, UK17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
As previous comments reflect, very few original stalls, the mark ups from the sweet and food sellers must be tremendous, and as for charging 6 quid for a cup of hot chocolate with with a drop of Baileys, I would imagine the stall holders won’t need to work again until next Christmas, although I understand the organiser did say they weren’t forcing anyone to buy anything…customer service at its best. Luckily I parked in Lucy Tower car park and walked up, so can’t comment on the park and ride, reading the comments I’m glad I did. There was no spirit of Christmas, no Victorian dress as in previous years, it just seemed a bit tired and lazy, maybe just a cynical exercise to part punters from their money.
Written December 6, 2022
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jackyo5961
Manchester, UK39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
My friend and I had been wanting to visit the 'Victorian' Christmas market for years and were so looking forward to our weekend in Lincoln with our husbands, and travelled from Manchester especially. What a disappointment!
Absolutely no charm or Christmas spirit, not a single stallholder in Victorian dress (despite it apparently being in the agreement that this was to be done). It was dangerously overcrowded, we were herded through the 'one-way' market like cattle and weren't able to get anywhere near the stalls without struggling to break through the crowd. The stalls were about 80% food which was outrageously overpriced, there were almost no gift/craft stalls and we couldn't wait to leave. We were then faced with a 50 minute queue for the buses to return us to the park and ride. We couldn't believe that this market used to be viewed as one of the best in the country. The Christmas markets in our own city are 100 times better. I would not recommend anyone to visit here and would never return. We were all left feeling very frustrated and saddened by the poor organisation and the shocking quality of most of the goods on offer.
Written December 4, 2022
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