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Preston’s Makers Market to take place twice a month from August

Posted on - 26th June, 2024 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, City Centre, Flag Market, Food & Drink, Friargate, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment, University campus, What's On in Preston
Friargate hosted the Makers Market in the city last time.
Friargate hosted the Makers Market in the city last time. Pic: Preston Makers Market

Preston’s Makers Market is set to take place twice a month in the city centre from August.

The event has continued to grow in popularity in the city, leading to organisers committing to a second date each month in Preston.

It will continue to take place on the second Saturday of each month on the Flag Market but it will also be staged on the newly revitalised Friargate Brow on the fourth Saturday of each month.

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The popular event see's lots of local businesses and food stalls.
The popular event see’s lots of local businesses and food stalls. Pic: Preston Makers Market

Vicky Crane, owner of the Makers Market said: “Prestonians have really taken the Makers Market to their heart, for which we’re really grateful.

“We run the events right across the North West, with Preston being one of our most successful locations, which has led to us growing the market and introducing a second date and location, each month, which we’re incredibly excited about.”

The event also takes place across Lancashire Manchester and Cheshire.

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A busy makers market during March on the Flag Market Pic: Preston Makers Market
A busy makers market on the Flag Market Pic: Preston Makers Market

Preston BID, responsible for bringing the Makers Market to Preston, said: “Preston’s long-cherished tradition with market trading has meant that this brilliant event can now happen twice per month, thanks to the support of visitors, local businesses, and traders.

“Working with partners, and businesses on Friargate, we’ve been really keen to explore opportunities for more event activity on the newly created space, and the Markers Market is the perfect catalyst for this.

“On the rare occasion when the Markers Market has taken place on Friargate, whilst the Flag Market was unavailable, Friargate traders have remarked on the vibrancy of the event, which has led to a direct increase in footfall and trade.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Makers Market team, and partners, to make Preston the first destination in the North West to stage the event twice per month.”

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The Friargate area has been revitalised as part of the £14.7m Transforming Friargate North and Ringway scheme. 

Simon Lawrence, Lancashire County Council’s Director of Growth and Regeneration, said: “There’s now even more reason to visit the new-look Friargate, so I encourage people to come and have a look at what we’ve done to transform this iconic destination.”

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This story was made possible by support from you, our readers, and a host of organisations in the city, through our Crowdfund Lancashire appeal, which unlocked support from the Lancashire Culture and Sport Fund provided by Lancashire County Council. You can see all our coverage and, if you know of an arts project or event in the city we should be covering, send details to contactus@blogpreston.co.uk

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