Bolton is setting its stall out and celebrating market culture as part of a national campaign.
Love Your Local Market (LYLM) fortnight (May 17 to 31) is organised by the National Association of British Markets Authorities to highlight the importance of local markets.
The council has organised Bolton’s first teenage market this Saturday and a day of fun and entertainment at Bolton Market next weekend as part of its celebrations. Westhoughton Market has also offered discounted pitches to aspiring traders.
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “Bolton has one of the best local markets in the country and it is visited by people from across the region. Markets are a crucial part of the local economy and a superb way of attracting visitors to our town.
“It is great to see markets being celebrated in this way – especially getting young people involved. The events promise to be lots of fun and you might be able to snap up a bargain at the same time.”
The Teenage Market will be on Victoria Square, on Saturday, May 21 from 10am to 4pm.
A total of 18 pitches have been snapped up. Bolton Lads and Girls Clubs and three schools – St Catherine’s Academy, St James’ School and Rumworth - will be selling a range of products.
Aspiring independent entrepreneurs from Bolton and the region will also be present, selling cakes, comics, crafts, jewellery and even homemade dog biscuits.
Young performers will showcase their musical and dancing talents and visitors can try sports such as archery, football and boxing.
Cookery demonstrations will be running throughout the day at a mobile kitchen on Victoria Square, showing young people how to make quick, easy and healthy meals.
On Saturday, May 28, Bolton Market will also host a day of activity to celebrate LYLM fortnight.
Cake and Decorate will host a free children’s cupcake workshop from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Cookery demos will take place in the Lifestyle Hall. Traders from food stalls BBQ (at 1pm), Nkono (at 1.30pm) and Rice N Oodles (at 2pm) will rustle up dishes, with free tasters on offer.
Floral experts from Plantations (at 12.30pm) and Floral by Kays (at 2.40pm) will also deliver masterclasses on how to put arrangements together.
Visitors also have the chance to win a tropical flower arrangement from Plantations and a wedding bouquet from Florals by Kay.
Bolton Market is on Ashburner Street, and the council recently invested £4.5 million in renovating it.
For more information about LYLM visit www.loveyourlocalmarket.org.uk.