Frequently Asked Questions
In order to get you ready for the festive weekend, we have come up with all the information you will need to join in the resorts festivities including open times; where to park and where to buy a wristband.
What time are you open?
Local businesses will of course open at their usual times over this weekend.
Christmas Markets - Open times are:
The Pier Gardens
Friday 15th Dec - 10am - 8pm
Saturday 16th Dec - 10am - 8pm
Sunday 17th Dec - 10am - 6pm
Sea View St
Saturday 15th Dec - 10am - 4pm
Sunday 16th Dec - 10am - 4pm
Where are the Markets?
Cleethorpes is located at the edge of the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds at the mouth of the River Humber, next to the busy Grimsby Port.
The markets can be found right next to:
Cleethorpes Pier. Central Promenade, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LG
Sea View Street. Cleethorpes, DN35 8HY
How do I get there?
By car, follow the brown tourist signs into Cleethorpes and the Promenade.
By train, Cleethorpes is the nearest station followed by a short walk along the promenade towards the Pier.
For those who are traveling by car, there are a number of car parks available nearby to leave your car, including:
Close to the Pier Gardens
Cleethorpes Market St
St Peters Ave Car Park
Grant St Car Park
Close to Sea View St
The Knoll Car Park
Wardall St Car Park
Various on Street Parking
Additional Resort Parking
Cleethorpes Leisure Centre Car Park
The Boating Lake Car Park
The Showground Car Park
If you are arriving by train, Cleethorpes is the closest stop with a short walk along the North Prom towards the Pier. You will find the Markets to the right of the Pier in the Pier Gardens.
If you are traveling on the train from Grimsby Station, trains run from Grimsby Station to Cleethorpes roughly every hour. Trains from Grimsby to Cleethorpes will cost £1.70 each way.
Train Time Table Link https://www.tpexpress.co.uk/
Grimsby's Riverhead bus station
Bus Services will operate as normal through the weekend.
https://www.stagecoachbus.com or +44 1472 358646
Is this event family friendly?
Yes! We encourage you to bring the whole family to this event. Each year we aim to improve on the facilities and experiences we offer families to make it an event for all generations.
Can I bring a pushchair to the markets?
Pushchairs are welcomed into the market areas and both have a flat, paved and sloped access.
Can I bring my own alcohol into the markets?
Due to licence conditions, alcohol is not allowed to be brought into the market areas and Cleethorpes also has restricted areas for drinking your own alcohol in public places.
Hot drinks, food and alcohol is available throughout both market areas, however dedicated spaces at the markets have been established as areas to consume alcohol purchased on site.
In order to keep you all safe during the event our team will search bags on entry and alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the event areas.
The markets will be operating a number of licensed bars and stalls within the market areas, and local bars will also be open. However anyone who appears to be younger than 25 will be asked for proof of identification. Anyone found to be consuming alcohol under the age of 18 will be asked to leave the event and reported to the relevant authorities.
Visitors may also want to take care if they are planning to have a bit too much festive spirit prior to the event, as organisers will have the right to refuse access to anyone who has drank too much, under the influence of drugs or behaving inappropriately.
Is there anything else I should leave at home?
Please do not bring pets, alcohol, fireworks, glass containers or bottles, potential weapons, portable laser equipment including laser pens or any illegal or offensive items. This is a family friendly event and antisocial or illegal behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in you being ejected from the event, or worse, arrested.
Are there any toilet facilities available?
Public toilets facilities (managed by NELC) are available opposite the Pier / Seaways adjacent to the main entry point of the Pier Gardens. They will be open until 1700h. Between 1700h and 2000h temporary toilets are available in the Pier Gardens.
Are the Markets suitable for me if I have a disability or require special assistance?
The markets are located on existing paved access in the Pier gardens and on the street in Sea View St. Although no extra provisions are in place for specific needs, we are happy to try and accommodate all. If you have any specific requests, please contact the organising team HERE.
There are also limited provisions in place through the resort to enable disabled parking access on a first come basis.
Please take the weather into consideration as this can have a massive impact on how easy it is for people to move around the resort. Limited disabled toilets are also available near the Pier Gardens.
How can I apply to trade at the Markets?
You can apply to trade at the markets by clicking the link below
Can I bring my pet in the market areas?
As much as we love little creatures, the areas are not big enough to allow animals on site, as we are hosting animals as part of our attractions. Should you arrive with your dog/cat/goat/hamster/sheep etc. You will be refused entry to the event, so please leave your furry friends at home. Only guide dogs ands assistance dogs are allowed.
I'm a local business, how do I get involved?
We have various ways for you to get involved, including special allocated pitches reserved for local traders.
We are Community Group or Charity, how can we participate?
“Cleethorpes at Christmas” welcomes groups from registered charities and community groups to join in the festivities. If your charity would like to get involved further, or have an idea how your group can engage with our audience in a fun, interactive way, please get in contact HERE.
Will there be medical care available?
Yes. Our medical team will happily assist, providing experienced, caring and confidential help for all kinds needs.
Can I smoke or vape at the Markets?
We strongly encourage everyone to give up smoking and not to smoke in the market areas, however if you wish to smoke or vape outdoors please consider others around you.
The legislation regarding smoking inside public places applies to tented venues in the same way it does at your favourite club or pub. You will be asked to finish your cigarettes and vapes outside any of our enclosed spaces.
Where can I find a cash machine?
The nearest cash machine to the Pier Gardens is by the market entrance.
Sea View St, is host to several banks where you will find cash machines available.
What should I wear?
As you know the December weather can be clear and cold, or windy and wet. Come prepared, wrap up warm. Our event utilises existing paths through the gardens and Sea View St, so don't worry it won't be muddy under foot.