Beauty treatments, handcrafted cards and potted plants are just some of the goods budding entrepreneurs will be trading in Bolton’s pop-up market.
The town centre will be buzzing with the sound of market traders for the next week as Bolton celebrates the first ever national Love Your Local Market fortnight campaign.
The fortnight of special market activity starts with the inaugural National Market Day on Saturday, June 23. Apprentice semi-finalist and market trader Adam Corbally, and celebrity chef Simon Rimmer will be in town to launch celebrations.
Adam, who has been chosen by the markets industry to be the face of the national campaign, is coming to Bolton to talk to aspiring traders, young people and entrepreneurs.
His talks are at 10am, 12pm and 2pm in the Reception Room, second floor, Bolton Town Hall. Places are free, but are on a first come, first served basis.
Simon Rimmer, from Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, will cook a range of dishes in the kitchen in Bolton Market, at 10.30am and 2.30pm, using produce bought fresh from the market. He will also do a cookery demonstration in a marquee on Deansgate at 12.30pm.
Other activity on Saturday, June 23 includes a health fair from 9am to 1.30pm in the marquee, and a ‘trade for a tenner’ pop-up market on Deansgate.
Those taking part in the pop-up event include new business All You Knead artisan bread bakers. Students from Bolton College will sell plants, and offer beauty treatments, and school pupils will sell handmade cards. Other goods will also be on offer, from experienced market traders, including cupcakes; soap; jewellery; jams, and oils.
On Sunday, June 24, the monthly local produce market will take place at Queen’s Park, between 10am and 2pm. The market is situated next to the new Pavilion café and play area off Park Road. Shoppers will have much to choose from including locally sourced quality meats, and seasonal fruit and vegetables.
The pop-up market will be back on Deansgate from June 25 to June 29.
On June 30 new traders will be selling their wares at Farnworth Market. Products on offer include handmade bags, cakes and scarves from local primary school pupils.
On July 7 three new traders will set up shop for the day at Westhoughton Market, offering sweets, hair products and cupcakes.
Bolton is home to Britain’s Best Food Market, Bolton Market, an award won in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2011. The market attracts three million customers a year and contributes £15m to the local economy.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said: “Markets play a key role in the vitality of the town centre and that’s why we’re investing £4.5 million in Bolton Market. Holding the pop-up market gives people the chance to trade and they are a great way for entrepreneurs to get experience in a retail environment. We’re really pleased to have both Adam and Simon with us for National Market Day. I’d urge everyone to come along to the events we have going on throughout the campaign and support the traders.”