First Barnoldswick open air market for 40 years

Richard Milner and Keith Mitchell in Barnoldswick town square.
Richard Milner and Keith Mitchell in Barnoldswick town square.

Barnoldswick’s first open air market for over 40 years will be held in the town square next Saturday.

Pendle Valley Markets, a new business venture by Keith Mitchell, former owner of Cafe on the Square, , will run the events after clearance with Pendle Council’s financial services contractor Liberata was agreed.

In August, the council’s West Craven Committee gave its unanimous backing at its monthly meeting to the idea of a market selling quality, local products.

Hopes that the first market could have been held before the end of August proved logistically difficult with the town square already in use, but a new date of Saturday, September 14th has been agreed from 9am until 4pm.

Mr Mitchell is looking forward to getting started and is hoping to have up to 20 stalls occupied on the day.

Chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council, Coun. Ken Hartley, will open the event and James Wilson will be playing music.

He said: “I’m quite excited. We’ve had quite a few firm commitments so it should be good on the day.

“It all started with the Chamber of Trade about three or four years ago but nobody got round to do it.

“I’ve been working at a business plan which looked like it could work. That’s taken about six to eight months to come to fruition.

“Thanks must go to the Chamber of Trade and the council for supporting me with the idea. We are trying to attract more people into the town and promote Barlick. Whenever you go to a town with a market, it always seems busier.”

If you are interested in having a stall, contact Keith on 07791 051924 or email him at