Festive preparations are now underway for Retford's Christmas Market and lights switch on! Sunday, November 25 will see Retford hosting a full day of festive activities, from music and entertainment to meeting Father Christmas himself!
The event from 10am-6pm will culminate with the the town's Christmas lights switch on at 5pm.
The day will start with the Pilgrim 5K fun run, from 9.15am.
Organised by TLS Ltd and Retford Business Forum, the Pilgrim fun run is a family friendly event, commemorating the Mayflower Pilgrim families and their supporters who came from the area around Retford.
In 1620, a group of religious separatists and migrants boarded the 'Mayflower', bound for America. They sought new lives - some wanted religious tolerance and the freedom to worship as they chose, others wanted a chance to work, trade and build a new colony. Many of these Mayflower Pilgrims came from within 10 miles (16k) of Retford. Their leaders, Bradford and Brewster, travelled that distance each Sunday to hear Clifton - an inspiring preacher in Babworth - who later became their separatist leader. If they could do a 32k round trip, can you do 5k?
The event is not timed as the emphasis is on having fun and there will be no official certificates.
Fancy dressing up? - get into the spirit of it all - there will be two competitions for runners – best Mayflower Pilgrim outfit for an adult, and best for a child (under 12) – these will be judged just before the run starts.
Bassetlaw Hospice is our preferred sponsorship partner, so please raise as much as you can for this very worthwhile local cause. We are asking all runners to consider raising money for Bassetlaw Hospice and suggest setting a target of £20.20, as 2020 will be the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims' journey to the New World.
The adult entry fee is £10.00 in advance via Virgin Money; £15.00 if not, plus booking fee via Eventbrite. If you leave it to the last minute, entry on the day is £20.00. Children's entry is £3.00 if booked through Virgin Money, £5.00 if not.