Festive feel as night markets are launched

Amy Steventon from The Woolly Nest with her creations.
Amy Steventon from The Woolly Nest with her creations.

Seasonal evening markets in Barnoldswick got off to a successful start as visitors poured into town to see what was on offer.

The weekly Wednesday festive night markets are running up to and including December 9th and are providing the opportunity to get that extra special Christmas gift from artisan producers and manufacturers.

Louise McDonald from Louise Floristy with one one of her Christmas wreaths.

Louise McDonald from Louise Floristy with one one of her Christmas wreaths.

Rain failed to deter shoppers from browsing 22 local, small or independent traders selling a variety of gifts and crafts.

Items on sale varied from artisan cakes, chocolate, cordials, coffee and mulled cider and wine through to handmade clothing and home accessories such as handbags, hats, jewellery, pictures and stained glass.

Young musicians are also using the opportunity as a platform to show off their talent.

The evening markets are part of a shopkeeper driven initiative off the back of Barnoldswick’s success in the Great British High Street Award in 2014.

Gail Bonney from Bonney Crafts at the festive market.

Gail Bonney from Bonney Crafts at the festive market.

Coun. David Whipp, co-chairman of the Town Centre Action Group, said: “The market last week received a lot of support from visitors and the stallholders seemed very satisfied.

“That was the first of four markets with the second this week. We are going to be doing a Santa’s Grotto at future night markets so look out for that.”