Shoppers in for a treat at markets

Totally Locally Food and Craft Market in Brighouse Town Centre
Totally Locally Food and Craft Market in Brighouse Town Centre

Calderdale shoppers are in for a treat later this month with the return of the Love Your Local Market fortnight.

From May 17 to May 31, Calderdale markets will be joining more than 1,200 other markets across the UK and Europe to celebrate the fortnight.

Now in its fifth year, the initiative aims to raise the profile of local markets in an attempt to bring shopping back into the heart of local communities.

Markets across Calderdale are getting involved, with some great events to encourage shoppers to discover the benefits that come with shopping locally.

On Saturday, May 21, Elland will be hosting the All about Elland market event, a street market along Southgate, celebrating what the town has to offer.

There’ll also be a Totally Locally market in Sowerby Bridge on Sunday, May 22 and a local produce market in Hebden Bridge on Sunday, May 29 and Bank Holiday Monday, May 30.

There will also be special promotions and activities at markets right across the borough.

People under 24 can rent a stall for free throughout the fortnight, subject to availability.

Contact the markets service for more details on 01422 393584.

Calderdale Council’s markets manager, John Walker, said: “Love Your Local Market fortnight is a time when we get to celebrate everything that’s great about local markets and also show people who don’t often visit our markets what they’re missing out on.

“Calderdale has a long-standing and strong market community.

“Bursting at the seams with energy, friendliness, great choice, quality and value, they are an integral part of communities across the borough.

“There are some great events taking place, as well as a few special offers and giveaways, so it’s the perfect reason to shop locally.”

Totally Locally was started in Calderdale as a commission by Calderdale Council to do a small shop local campaign for towns in the borough.