6th December 2012

Lincoln's Christmas Market is in full swing, and students from Bishop Grosseteste University are playing their part in creating a vibrant atmosphere at the event.

On Saturday 8th December between 11am and 4pm first-year Heritage Studies students will be dressed in authentic Victorian costumes and telling visitors about Victorian food, particularly baking. There will be samples of Victorian food available and the costumes have been created by Pauline Loven, a professional costumier and a graduate of the BG Heritage Studies degree course. Visitors to the Christmas Market who take advantage of the parking facilities at BG will be directed towards the students, who will be in the Robert Hardy Building on campus. Meanwhile drama students from BG are performing excerpts from Shakespeare on the stage at St Paul in the Bail at the top of Westgate. Each group of students has been given a theme such as loyalty or betrayal and asked to develop a short anthology of scenes from some of Shakespeare's best known plays. One performance took place today and the rest of the mini-performances can be seen tomorrow (Friday) at 12 noon, 4pm, 5.35pm and 6.35pm. Notes to editors: • Last week (27th November) the Government announced that 10 university colleges including Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln will be able to use the university title. On 28th November BG was relaunched as Bishop Grosseteste University. • Lincoln Christmas Market began in 1982 with just 11 stalls in Castle Hill. It now boasts over 250 stalls and attracts around 300,000 visitors from all over the world each year. • It takes place in uphill Lincoln in the vicinity of Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle, The Lawn, Bailgate and Westgate. • This year's event takes place from Thursday 6th December until Sunday 9th December 2012.