To Market, To Market! The North’s Premier Markets

by Chloe McLaughlin

We love markets here at Northern Life and we have a wealth of superb markets right here in the north bursting with quality, local produce. May sees the return of Love Your Local Market Week which takes place from 17th-31st. With food sampling, ‘royal walkabouts’, street parties, costumed characters and reminiscence, markets up and down the country are preparing to offer more than 1000 activities! With trader incentive offers and events, there’s no better time to support your local market – so pay them a visit, meet the traders and share your images and messages about your favourite market and traders by using #LYLM2018.

Kirkgate Market

The award winning Kirkgate Market in Leeds is Europe’s largest indoor market, an architectural gem that’s been at the heart of the Leeds economy for nearly 150 years and is heaven for shoppers; with fresh food, drink, fashion, flowers, homeware and everything else in between available at affordable prices, what more could you ask for?

The market itself, both inside and outside, includes a huge range of traders with businesses spanning generations and representing a wide range of nationalities including a South African supermarket, street food from around the world, an Asian Bazaar every Wednesday, regular vintage and record markets and home to Jamie’s Ministry of Food. Let’s not the forget the famous Marks and Spencer stall either!

Their shop and drop scheme also makes their fresh food even more accessible than ever before! You can finish your shopping and then store your fresh items with the markets until you’re ready to go home. The fresh food includes locally produced eggs, top meats from the butchers and a huge selection of fruit and vegetables from the greengrocers. So whatever your taste, there’s something for everyone. The Market has long been a place for shopping eating and drinking. But as of 2016, it also became a major social destination too. With a new multifunctional events space it means the market hosts events of all shapes and sizes from specialist markets, live entertainment and a night market that takes place once a month. Leeds Kirkgate Market really is the place to be in Leeds City Centre.  Facebook  Twitter

Ashton Market

Premier MarketsA traditional market right in the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne, Ashton Market is one of the town’s most popular features. Loved by residents and visitors alike, Ashton Market has both indoor and outdoor markets filled with quality, local produce. With a fascinating range of fresh food including butchers, fishmongers, cooked meat specialists, bakers, greengrocers, sweets and cakes galore, Ashton Market has everything you need to get your food shopping done! There’s also stalls selling musical items, clothes, greeting cards, household goods, fancy goods and pet products. With over 80 indoor stalls and a further 104 stalls on the large outside market, you’re guaranteed to find whatever you’re looking for! Oh, and there’s no need to worry about running out of cash – they also have a cash machine available meaning you’ll never be caught short!

The Market Hall is open 9am until 5pm daily except for Sundays while the outdoor market is open seven days a week with the normal stalls available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Tuesday, a Flea Market it held and on Sundays a Table Top sale takes place. On the last Sunday of each month a Farmers’ and Producers’ Market is held, and newly introduced and very popular Cake & Craft Market runs on the third Saturday of the month.

So next time you’re in Ashton-Under-Lyne make sure you visit this glorious market!  Facebook

Clitheroe Market

Clitheroe MarketA historic market town, Clitheroe has had a regular market since the Norman Conquest in the 12th Century. Full of fresh, locally sourced and exceptional food and quality local goods, Clitheroe Market is fast gaining a reputation as being a leader in the next generation of markets. Artisan, community and sustainability are all part and parcel of the market and the friendly stallholders are all more than happy to chat about their products!

A great day out, this unique market is ideal for both shopping and eating whilst soaking up the culture and community Clitheroe has to offer. With over 40 permanent cabins open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am-4pm with additional market traders adding variety on the market stalls, an antique and flea market on Fridays and only a short walk from the train and bus station, this market in the heart of Clitheroe is simply a must visit!  Facebook  Twitter

Skipton Market

Skipton MarketLocated right in the very heart of the town on the High Street, Skipton’s traditional street market is a huge part of life in the town. This award winning market, which received its Royal Charter in 1203, has no fixed stalls meaning traders erect their own each morning on the ‘setts’ – cobbled areas that sit between the formal footpaths and the main road. This creates a great mix of stalls and traders varying throughout the year.

Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the market is generally up and running from around 9.30am until 4.30pm although as the traders take down their stalls at the end of the day, this may be slightly earlier or later depending on the weather conditions!

One thing is for sure though – you’re certain to find exactly what you’re looking for! From quality, local food produce through to clothes, bags and much, much more, Skipton Market is bursting with goodies and a shopper’s haven! It’s no wonder that it was named Best Small Outdoor Market in the 2017 Great British Market Awards and was a finalist in Britain’s Favourite Market in 2018! Facebook

Burnley Market

Burnley Market

Looking for great quality local produce? Then head no further than Burnley Market! Winner of the Best Large Indoor Market in the Great British Market Awards in 2017, Burnley Market has everything you could possibly need and more! Whether you’re looking for beauty treatments, the latest fashions, technology or a local tradesman, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. Burnley Market is also well known for it’s incredible variety of food with dishes and cuisines available from around the globe. With quality butchers, delicatessens, bakers and greengrocers as well as American, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian and Caribbean dishes available – Burnley Market is the perfect place to grab a spot of dinner! With variety their speciality, Burnley Market has it all! The market is open six days a week, 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday (10am-3pm on Tuesdays) and is complete with superfast Wi-Fi, a baby changing unit and a shoppers rest area! Simply a must visit next time you’re in Burnley.   Facebook  Twitter

Beverley and East Riding Markets

The beautiful market town of Beverley, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is steeped in history.

The town’s famous market dates back centuries and is held twice weekly, on Saturdays and Wednesdays, attracting thousands of shoppers every week.

There are more than 120 stalls on the market, with traders coming as far afield as Manchester, Nottingham and Lincolnshire to sell their goods.

The busiest market is on Saturdays and there is a friendly atmosphere and a vibrant mix of stalls.

The scenic town of Pocklington, known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Wolds, holds a market every Tuesday, featuring a wide range of stalls from fresh fruit to handcrafted furniture.

Cottingham, said to be the largest village in England, holds a popular market every Thursday.

The seaside resort of Bridlington also attracts visitors to its twice weekly markets, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Facebook Twitter