What to buy:
Look ot for curd cheese and raisin tarts that can only be found locally. You can get them small enough for a snack or large enough to share with 2 or 3.
What to pay: Small cakes about 80pence, pay £1.30ish for larger.
The market site was reduced in size recently despite the protests but it's still going strong. Sells books, fruit/veg, flowers and usual goods at decent prices. (Central Lincoln lacks a good supermarket or greengrocer so this place is vital).
The Farmers Market is the first Friday monthly
The Steep Hill is on top of the High Street. There are a few shops and many cafes and restaurants.
You can't miss it, it's a long walk, so be ready, but you will enjoy. When you get to the top there is a sit where you can rest and take photos. Not to mention the pubs on the way to give you a bit of extra energy.
It's small, but the bread is delicious! They sell many different things, including fruits and veggies, cheese, chutney, eggs, bread, etc.
Great to visit and get some health stuff...
Ah, can't forget the sausages... Lincolnshire Sausages are the best!
It happens a few times a month:
In the City Square: 1st Friday of every month
In the High Street: 2nd Wednesday of every month
Castle Hill (Bailgate): 3rd Saturday of every month
What to buy: Bread, sausages, cheese
Walking into this shop is like walking into the early 1900s. Jars and jars full of sweets of every description line the walls up to the ceiling, candy canes festoon the roof, sticks of rock and liquorice rest temptingly on old wooden cabinets next to sherbet suckers.
The smell inside is glorious! It takes you back to when you were five years old, clutching some coins in your hand as you asked "What can I get for this?"
Such is the size and popularity of the shop, that when more than six people are inside, you will be denied entrance. Don't worry though, you won't have to wait long and you can press your nose up against the window and try to decide between the humbugs and lemon drops, the strawberry fizz and the liquorice torpedoes, the aniseed balls and the...
What to buy: Buy the pear drops, they're delicious. They come out of the jar and into a small paper bag. I want some right now!
What to pay: You have to buy a certain amount of sweets in one go out of the jars, you can't just get one.
Yes, you too can now adopt a pipe ! For the princely sum of 35 pounds you can adopt a pipe (and there are thousands to choose from) in Lincolns mighty Cathedral organ.
Not only will you get a very nice certificate, but a fully detailed decriptin of the pipe itself. I can hardly contain my exciement.
Lots and lots and lots of sweeties, old-fashioned ones in jars......sour drops, army & navy sweets, gumdrops, pear drops, acid drops, toasted mushrooms, rhubarb & custrad, humbugs, raspberries & blackberries............... and licorice wood, licorice laces, sherbet dabs, flying saucers, fudge.....................tins and jars to put them in too, for presents........shop smells wonderful..........
What to buy: Sweeties!
Lincolnshire is famous in England for its meat, and Elite Meats in Lincoln is one of the best butcher's shops I've ever been in. They have an amazing variety of meat products, ranging from Lincolnshire sausages to crocodile steaks!
Shop with Style
The best shops aren't always in the big cities!
Get away from the crowds and bustle of shopping malls ? come to Lincolnshire where there's everything at your feet. Shop with style and have fun at the same time!
It's a county of markets - all the major towns have thriving weekly markets, and many have Farmers' Markets too. Then there are the shops - the tradition of service lives on here. Many small family run shops survive generation after generation, making shopping a pleasure.
There's also a multitude of fresh Lincolnshire produce to be found and much more to tempt you, gloryholes of adventure, bric a brac and antiques hidden in dark corners, arts and crafts, pottery, furniture, jewellery - it's all here.
There are the bigger shopping centres of course - Freshney Place in Grimsby, Waterside Centre in Lincoln, but town or village, there are interesting shops to be found, explore a little, and enter a different world.
Springfields in Spalding will also be open spring 2004. A factory outlet and festival gardens - not to be missed.
This little shop manufacture and repair a good deal of their own stuff.
Apart from being an excellent little independent jeweller, they also sell little tipins and broaches with the 'Lincoln imp' on them.
These make for a classy kind of souvenir.
You can find out more about the Lincoln Imp in the 'must see' section - the original is a carving near the high altar in the Cathedral.
As you go through the arches from the main shopping area on your way up to the Cathedral what better way to catch your breath while walking up the steep hill than to browse in the many speciality shops situated on the hill side.
You will find Antique shops selling furniture, brick a brack, books and even period costumes as well a a selection of quality art and craft shops.
I don't normally recommend souvenir shops but this one belongs to an English castle! Consequently it has everything from wooden swords for the children to English history books and everything in between such as medieval maps, heraldry tables, medieval style board games, pins and badges...
What to buy: All this while I have been seeing plastic holly wreath and mistletoe, and its about time i get a real wreath made from real plant; holly and mistletoe