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Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:01 pm
I've had a late invitation to trade at Lincoln Medieval/Christmas Fair. Can anyone recommend that I go?
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:49 am
We have traded there and last did it in 2012. We did not trade last year and are not trading this year.
The market is on from Thursday afternoon to Sunday evening. You will have thousands of members of the public. (The first year they did it in the bishops palace the custodian got about 8,000, this was 25,000 the year after and I think they are up to about 50,000 that make it to the bishops palace.) You will get a few reenactors but not many. So your stock must be aimed at the public.
We did very well in 2012 and it was our best trading event for that year and the year before. (we do not do many trading events about half a dozen at most but other traders will tell you it is a good market for public purchases.)
So why are we not trading this year? And what are the potential down sides?
They are very long days. The market is open until 9pm on three days and 6pm on Sunday. From 10 in the morning. So with travelling it is a long day.
We were in the undercroft and it is about 4 storeys of steps to take everything down and bring everything back up on Sunday night. (Do not expect any help from the EH staff they have also done a long market and will be sorting out their own stall.) So be prepared to do some fetching and carrying.
The cost of the pitch is very high. As a result your overheads and break even figure will be much higher than any other market.
On a personal note we had to take leave from the day job and were exhausted when going back to work the following week. We choose to reduce the events we are doing and this was one of those that we shelved.
At the end of the event everything is covered in dust from the crushed stone on the undercroft floor.
In summary. Providing you have the right stock the public will buy and you will sell lots. But it is a long event and hard work and there will be thousands of public who shuffle past. Providing you can practically do the event give it a go.
Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:30 pm
This is aimed at anyone who has been there before....Do you think a wandering trader (Peddler) with a tray of jewellery would go down well? I don't have a 'pitch' as such, and am mobile in authentic 15C kit so very flexible....
Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:43 am
You would have to contact English Heritage its invite only
Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:01 pm
Try some of the smaller Christmas markets. We have a cracking one in Beverley with an element of 17thC, Victorian and (grr) Steampunkery.
Really busy, not too pricy to stand.
Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:17 pm
English Heritage operate the Bishops Palace but the rest of the market at Lincoln is operated by the Council. It depends what you are thinking of. There are tens of thousands of people at any one time. Last time I was told figures in the region of 120k over the 4 days but this may have changed. As a result you may not do much wandering there just isn't room. You either go with the flow or stay still and let the flow go past.