Countdown begins to Wyndham Park Summer Market & Play Area Launch

A popular free outdoor market is set to return to Grantham's Wyndham Park on Sunday 17 July, offering a great mix of local talent, new traders and some familiar faces.

The event, at South Kesteven District Council's beautiful Green Flag award-winning park, will also host the launch of a new play area for youngsters aged nine years and above.

The new play facilities are funded by a £54,500 grant from the FCC Communities Foundation and final preparation work is under way to ensure the equipment will be installed and ready to play on the 17th. The area, one of two dedicated to children's play in the park, is at the lower end of the open playing field and features apparatus that the community told SKDC it would like to see.

Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, said: "We are so pleased to be able to celebrate the great British summer after the restrictions of previous years and very much hope that residents and visitors get along to enjoy everything that Wyndham Park has to offer. There really is something for everyone and we are looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors.

"The icing on the cake will be the official unveiling of our new play area, which forms part of SKDC's continued and wide-ranging programme of restoration and refurbishment that's taken place in the park over the past five years. By developing and improving our open spaces we can create a destination and community facility for tourists and locals alike.

"We are especially grateful to the FCC Communities Foundation, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects."

WP stalls

Some 25 stalls will be selling a wide range of crafts, supported by family games and activities, music, inflatables, plus food and drink - all between 10.30am and 3.30pm. The Wyndham Park Cafe, Visitor Centre and Cliffe Edge Cycles will be open throughout the day.

Entry is free, including the market, although charges apply for some activities. This event is managed by SKDC and supported by Cliffedale Chandlers, LeisureSK and Grantham Tennis Club.

Craft stalls so far confirmed include Candles and wax melts; Cards, prints and crafts; Artisan jewellery and statement jewellery; Homeware, home accessories and gifts; Charity stalls; Fudge and baked goods; Crafts and vintage textiles.

The play area being renovated is one of two dedicated spaces at Wyndham Park. This latest project comprises refurbishment of the existing slide, removal of the remaining play equipment, installation of safety surfacing and new play equipment, including a 30m zipwire, double bay swing, a roundabout suitable for disability access, a climbing frame and an agility trail.

  • More information on FCC grant funding: FCC Communities Foundation - https://fcccommunitiesfoundation.org.uk/funds/fcc-community-action-fund
  • For more information or event enquiries, please visit www.facebook.com/wyndhamparkgrantham or email wyndhampark@southkesteven.gov.uk
  • FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, FCC Communities Foundation has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of an FCC Environment landfill site.