New stalls and speciality markets opening once a month during the summer at Watford Market, including vintage and vegan...
Watford’s historic town market will open on Sundays for the first time in recent memory, with new stalls and speciality markets opening once a month during the summer, starting with the first event on Sunday 22 May.
The market which is steeped in history dating back to the 12th century, already opens to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, selling an ever changing mix of goods, produce and street food. This latest move marks the start of another exciting chapter for the market, which has recently undergone improvements and seen the introduction of new night market events known as ‘Market Lates’.
Following positive feedback for Sunday markets from both businesses and visitors alike, this summer, Watford Borough Council and Saunders Markets Limited will be putting on array of speciality markets from May to September between 10am to 3pm, including:
- New businesses, start-ups, young traders and local - 22 May
- Antique, collectables and vintage – (date TBC)
- Vegan and green – (date TBC)
- Food and drink summer festival – (date TBC)
- Continental – (date TBC)
To help you on your hunt for secondhand gems, the Vintage Market will offer an endless array of products that provide a more sustainable way to consume, if you’re a fan of up-cycled goods and all things retro. We are also bringing to the table local produce at a Vegan and Green Market, so you will be able to enjoy a variety of alternative food, produce and products.
The first Sunday Market event will coincide with the ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign (13 May to 5 June) run by the National Association of British Market Authorities, which is now in its 11th year and is celebrated around the world in over 24 countries. This year, the campaign has been extended as part of the national celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “The market it is an important part of the town and I am determined to see it do well. These new Sunday markets will offer something different and I know they have been successful elsewhere. We have already seen the ‘Market Lates’ events bringing hundreds of people to the market and the Sunday Markets are the start of another new exciting chapter for the market. I hope they provide a boost to both existing and new traders, as well as the surrounding shops and venues.”