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Christmas Frost Fair - Ice and Vintage

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Gravesend Borough Market

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Gravesend

DA11 0AZ

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Building on the success of Gravesham Borough Council's "Fayre on the Square" Christmas Markets of the last few years and last Decembers Grand re-opening of the Market, after its £1.8 million Coastal Grant refurbishment, we are hosting a collective of Christmas Markets each themed differently, taking inspiration from the Frost Fairs of yesteryear.

The River Thames during the 17th to 19th Century, which the Market is adjacent to, froze over and music, dancing, games and hastily erected stalls selling everything from toys, books, arts and crafts and more were set up on the thick ice. Fires were lit to keep warm, ice skating was popular, food, alcohol and beverages were served in abundance and it was even recorded that an elephant performed on the ice! The Frost Fairs of days gone by brought entertainment for all of the family.

The Light Switch on and Frost Fair Parade will take place on the 17 November, culminating on the outside area of the Market Square Car Park and will herald the start of the weekend Frost Fairs the following week. Linda Lusardi, the star of this year’s Panto “Sleeping Beauty” will be switching on the lights and the Market will close at seven, so the hundreds of visitors can preview the Market on this day.

Gravesend Borough Market is seeking traders selling unique and quirky gifts as well as street food vendors for the themed events below and for Friday 17 November.

The Frost Fairs are themed differently each weekend;

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November – Ice and Vintage (The Vintage Fayre is fully booked)

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December – All things Magical

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December – Hot and Fiery

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December –Christmas

The cost per day is £40 and £70 for the weekend. Week day stalls are £20 for the month of December.

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