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Clitheroe to Host Specialist Markets

Published Friday, 31 March 2017

Clitheroe looks set to be the first port of call from April for fine food and drink, first-class crafts and a bargain or two, thanks to a series of special markets.

The town’s market is to host a series of farmers’ markets, flea markets, artisan markets and specialist markets throughout the year.

Farmers’ markets featuring the best local produce will be held monthly from April on the second Thursday of each month, while artisan markets featuring a range of handcrafted produce and fancy goods will be held on the first Saturday of each month from May. A series of specialist markets dedicated to specific produce will be held on dates throughout the spring and summer, while flea markets will be held every Friday, with stalls up for grabs for just £5.60.

The move comes after Clitheroe hosted a successful Christmas market, Northern Star, organised and funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council, on four Saturdays in December that attracted hundreds of festive shoppers.

Heather Coar, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of environmental services, said: “Following the success of Northern Star, we are aiming to boost footfall to the market even further by hosting a series of dedicated markets.

“Recent studies show that markets contribute to social interaction and community regeneration, but over the past decade they have been experiencing significant decline across the UK.

“Northern Star was a significant success and we want to build on that by hosting a series of specialist markets catering for all tastes and needs, with the capacity to attract a broad range of shoppers and visitors.”

Farmers’ markets allow farmers to sell their products direct to the public and are popular among food enthusiasts, who favour buying local produce and meeting suppliers face-to-face, while flea markets have long been a magnet to bargain hunters and thrifty residents looking to grab a bargain or raise cash from unwanted items.

Up to 30 stalls will be available at the Friday flea markets for the sale of second-hand goods, bric-a-brac or collectibles for just £5.60 a day on a pre-booked basis.

The specialist markets are 8 April – chocolate, 29 April – beer and sausages, 20 May – cheese, 17 June – young entrepreneurs, 15 July – pets, 16 September – pies and pastry.

Clitheroe is Lancashire’s official food town and hosts an annual food festival that attracts tens of thousands of food enthusiasts. HRH the Prince of Wales met food producers and traders at a small promotional event showcasing the food festival during a walkabout in the town last week.


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