A monthly food, drink, creative and musical event will come to Fishergate, with a chance for shoppers to meet the creators.Advertisement
The Makers Market will complement the new market and will bring in artisan traders to share their wares with the local community.
The first Makers Market takes place on Saturday 11 May, when Fishergate will be closed to traffic from 10am to 4pm.
It will then take place on the second Saturday of each month in the city centre.
Mark Whittle from Preston BID, who are organising the event, said: “We have been in talks with the Makers Market team for some time and have watched their growth with interest.
“Their events are incredibly popular and chime a chord with customers looking for a uniquely independent visitor experience.
“Preston has a fantastic new market hall and some great independent businesses – the Makers Markets will provide an additional opportunity for quality traders and independents to promote their business”.
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Asked why the event was taking place in Fishergate and not the Flag Market, Mr Whittle said: “The Flag Market is booked each Saturday from June – September.
“There was a call to encourage more footfall to the high street and ultimately it’s a decision for the event owners.
“We did explore other areas, and Fishergate was selected as the preferred location.
“Preston’s Market traders will be invited to take part individually, or as a group. The Makers Market team are embarking on this in the next few days.”
The Makers Market is a collection of independent artisan traders that come together to share their trades with the local community, selecting the best local food, drink, art and music to showcase the vibrant local offer.
Already proving popular across the North West the Makers Markets see with thousands of visitors flocking to events in Knutsford, Liverpool, the Lowry Outlet, Chorlton and Spinningfields in Manchester.
Vicky Crane, Director at the Makers Market said: “We are extremely excited to bring a monthly market to Preston.
“Taking place on the second Saturday of the month, showcasing the very finest in local food, drink, arts and craft.
“We welcome any local artisans and musicians who would like to get involved to contact us via Preston BID.”
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Andrew Stringer, Chair of the City’s Retail Forum said: “We have been working hard to bring the Makers Market to Preston for a while and are delighted to announce the launch of the monthly event in the city.
Not only will the event complement our existing retail line up it will also attract visitors from across the region to experience this artisan market that has proved so popular elsewhere.”
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Anyone interested in a stall at the Makers Market is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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