Buxton celebrates biggest market for years

Buxton Market was buzzing with socially distanced, open air activity on at on Saturday for what has been hailed as its biggest market in recent years.

There were nearly 50 stalls spread out across the Market Place, from the Methodist Church to the Town Hall, with 31 traders turning up to sell their wares at the Craft, Quirky, Vintage Market alongside the town’s traditional market.

Founder Director Janet Miller said: “It was lovely to see Buxton Market Place so busy. This was the biggest market by a long way since we took over running the market four years ago.”

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“We had a bit of a wobble on Friday when we counted up how many bookings we’d accepted, especially as two of our stall set-up team are on holiday but with some volunteer help and some pre-placing of equipment the night before we managed very well.”

Fellow director John Estruch added: “We had lots of positive comment from traders and customers – one person was even overheard saying ‘this is how it used to be’. We know that it’s not as big as it was 30 years ago, but it was good to hear. The market was buzzing without being overcrowded.”

“We’re delighted that Buxton residents now know that the market is worth coming to. The fact that we remained open for food stalls throughout lockdown, are in the open air and have the space to expand, has certainly worked in our favour.

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“As Buxton residents ourselves we know how important it is to make sure that Buxton Market is a happy and safe place to shop – whether its for fruit & veg, fish, meat and groceries – or for the more quirky items
or specialist food and drinks.”

The full regular market re-opened fully on 3rd June, with monthly specialist markets and events throughout the year.

The Craft, Quirky, Vintage & Flea Market is held on the first Saturday of each month and the next one is on Saturday 5th September. A Food and Drink Special Market is held on the third Saturday of the month, the next being on Saturday 15th August.

Buxton Markets is a Community Interest Company which was set up to revitalise the market, support local businesses and create an attractive retail offer for Buxton residents and visitors.  It is run by a small group of volunteers and employs a number of local, part time staff. For more information go to buxtonmarkets.co.uk

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