Durham Markets says 'Love Your Local Market'

Durham Markets is encouraging everyone to ‘Love Your Local Market’ as it participates in a nationwide campaign to promote the very varied markets in our home towns and cities.

During the Love Your Local Market (LYLM) campaign, which runs from Thursday 17th to Thursday 31st May, 2018, Durham Markets is asking us all to discover five special markets in Durham and Bishop Auckland, including craft, street food and farmers’ markets.

The featured markets are:

Durham Farmers’ and Producers’ Market, 9am to 4pm on Thursday 17th May (and every 3rd Thursday of the month) in Durham Market Place where shoppers will find locally produced food and drink, as well as crafts, art, gifts and homewares.

The monthly Full Moon Street Food Market, 4pm to 9pm on Friday 18th May in Durham Market Place and on Friday 25th May in Bishop Auckland Market Place. These markets combine a range of street food vendors offering different foods and taking inspiration from around the world, with live music. The Full Moon Street Food Markets are organised by Durham Markets in partnership with Durham Street Food Project.

Durham’s Saturday Outdoor Market, 9am to 4pm on Saturday 19th May (and every Saturday) in Durham Market Place, where shoppers can explore a traditional general market offering food, clothing, homewares, gifts and more, manned by knowledgeable and passionate traders, many who have become popular Durham characters over the years.

Craft InDurham, 11am to 4pm on Sunday 20th May in Durham Market Place. This monthly summer market brings together artistic and creative traders in one place, offering beautiful goods, many of which are unique. Many of these traders are new to our markets making this an opportunity to discover new locally-based traders.

Colin Wilkes, Managing Director of Durham Markets, commented: “We have a wonderful tradition of markets in this country and the Love Your Local Market campaign is a chance to discover what’s happening on your doorstep. We want people to take a little time to visit and browse these markets, discover what’s available, chat with our traders who have so much knowledge about what they’re selling, and support these small independent local businesses. Remember, when you’re in Durham, we also have 50 independent businesses in the Market Hall, all specialists in their chosen fields and keen to help shoppers however they need.”

“Markets across the UK are working together to remind us all that shopping at your local market can be a wonderfully enjoyable experience, whether a proper day out or quick visit. These markets are more great reasons to spend some time in Durham or Bishop Auckland.”

The Love Your Local Market campaign is run by NABMA, the National Association of British Market Authorities.