Major project under way to transform Festival Hall

Nicola Marshall EMN-150918-114238001
Nicola Marshall EMN-150918-114238001

Plans are under way for a major refurbishment at Market Rasen Festival Hall to make the venue safe to use in the future - and turn it into the area’s ‘go to’ place for culture.

A survey has found the community hall, built in 1972, needs extensive work, including a new weather-proof roof, which is estimated to cost £100,000 alone.

Market Rasen Town Council says it is committed to seeing the 400-seater hall used to its full capacity and becoming a magnet of activity for the 

The council plans to apply for grant funding from organisations such as the Big Lottery - but first wants to get residents on board and hear their ideas.

Nicola Marshall, who is leading the project on behalf of the town council, said: “To give the Festival Hall a new lease of life and create a modern, vibrant place - attracting top quality cultural events, hosting new activities, offering a great value and high quality wedding and party venue – is going to take a large sum of money.”

The council has already appointed construction company Lindum Group Ltd to do surveys and a proposed design of what a refurbished venue could look like.

Market Rasen mayor Coun John Matthews said: “We have been busy quietly getting on with starting the ‘festival feasibility project’ over the past couple of months and it’s now time to get people involved and on board.

“We’re looking forward to hearing what people would like to see developed.

“With investment and some TLC we know that the Festival Hall has a bright future as the go to venue for the area – a vibrant hub for the town.

“But we can’t do this alone: we need the community to get behind this vision.”