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Programme of events for Retford Charter Day 2022

Monday 2nd May 2022, will mark the return of the annual Retford Charter Day after two years of postponements.

The annual event is held to mark the awarding of the charter by King Henry III in 1246, which gave the town the right to hold its own market. Retford Charter Day was first officially celebrated in 1993 and has continued to grow year-on-year, and is estimated to now bring around 30,000 people into the town for the event.

For 2022, this year’s celebrations are expected to be the biggest yet with a huge array of entertainment, great anticipation, and a warm weather forecast.


Celebrations for Retford Charter Day will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm, taking over the town centre, the town hall, King’s Park, and even the canal. The main arena will take place in King’s Park, with all performances completely free of charge to watch.

Here, Dangerous Steve will be headlining with a thrilling performance for adrenaline-seekers, including tricks of chainsaw juggling, fire routines and a giant unicycle act.

The famous duck-race will be making a return for just £1 a duck from the Retford Lions market stall, available to buy on Saturday (April 30). Only 2,000 ducks will be released, with three lucky winners grabbing a cash prize.

Dozens of local businesses and groups will be involved on the day, including performances in the town hall, and many stalls lining up Carolgate and Exchange Street.

Storm Troopers will also be found making a return to the streets of Retford.

Animal lovers will be pleased to hear that even alpacas will be showing their furry faces in the park behind Goodwin Hall.

For more information on activities and the times they’re showing, visit Retford Charter Day 2022 on Facebook.

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