Clitheroe looks set to be the first port of call 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 this month 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.”
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 April 8th – chocolate, April 29th – beer and sausages, May 20th – cheese, June 17th – young entrepreneurs, July 15th – pets, September 16th – 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.