The festive season is here! We’re welcoming people back to our high streets. The Christmas Markets across the district’s towns were a huge success and thousands of festive lights have been switched on creating a welcoming sight for shoppers and revellers. There are lots of things to see and do in our historic town centres. And in the weeks prior to Christmas, shoppers will be greeted by colourful and fun street performers as they hunt down gifts for friends and family in South Kesteven towns.

The festive treat has come about thanks to a cash injection from the Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely/Welcome Back Fund. South Kesteven District Council will be using some of the funding to create a little more wonder around the spirit of Christmas – while helping underpin the recovery of town centres.

The Council will be using this funding to encourage people to get out and about (whilst adhering to Covid safety measures) to enjoy Christmas and celebrate our communities. This is all part of our vision to make our towns more vibrant and offer residents and visitors new attractions, and interactive events which help to create energetic and exciting communities. So come and see us, get involved, there’s entertainment for all ages – for children and anyone young at heart!

A fun reindeer stilt walker will be trotting around Grantham to greet and entertain the Christmas shoppers. Stamford residents and visitors to the high street will be amazed by the stilt walking balloon modelling elf who will be creating all sorts of fun and colourful balloon creations to entertain young and old alike. Bourne will also be playing host to a bubble elf who will be creating a fun and exciting atmosphere at the market by putting on a display by creating thousands of bubbles of all sizes using a variety of bubble wands and gadgets. there will also be a Festive Walkabout street performer visiting Market Deeping.

Here is the full list of events including dates and times.

Date Times Location Performer
Thu 16th Dec 10am–1pm Bourne Bubble Elf
Fri 17th Dec 10am–1pm Grantham Reindeer Stilt Walker
Mon 20th Dec 10am–1pm Stamford Stilt Walking Balloon Modelling Elf
Tue 21st Dec 10am–1pm Stamford Reindeer Stilt Walker
Wed 22nd Dec 10am–1pm Stamford Stilt Walking Bubble Elf
Wed 22nd Dec 10am–1pm Deeping Festive Walkabout Street Performer 
Fri 24th Dec 10am–1pm Grantham Bubble Elf
Fri 24th Dec 10am–1pm Stamford Circus Elf

Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, SKDC’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, said: “As we countdown to Christmas we welcome these street performers to our towns to entertain shoppers. We invite people back to our bustling high streets and vibrant town centres to do their Christmas shopping and to enjoy the festivities. We hope that residents and visitors to our historic towns will enjoy these performances and that they will help to boost the sense of community and bring people together.”

“We are delighted to have secured this funding so we can support families by providing free entertainment over the school holidays and help support our local businesses. We know these events will be really popular, so we ask everyone to continue to stay safe and socially distance.”

This is a great chance to get out and finish your Christmas shopping with added entertainment for the kids. Shopping local and enjoying local events like these is great for the economy of the district. Shoppers can get that extra feel-good feeling this festive season by shopping local, eating local and supporting the local high streets of Grantham, Stamford, Bourne, and Market Deeping.