Family fun at Doncaster Market event

Making Markets Matter event at Doncaster Market on Saturday. Pictured are Beth Higginbottom, Brendan Dyson, and Chris Savage.
Making Markets Matter event at Doncaster Market on Saturday. Pictured are Beth Higginbottom, Brendan Dyson, and Chris Savage.

Residents flocked to Doncaster Market for a fun filled activity day to mark a national campaign to persuade shoppers to savour the joys of shopping locally.

Traders at Doncaster Market got into the spirit of the day as part of the Making Markets Matter event persuade the shopping public to savour the joys of the UK’s 1,400 markets.

Making Markets Matter event at Doncaster Market on Saturday. Pictured are Sophia Glover, six, and Tia Daley, 10.

Making Markets Matter event at Doncaster Market on Saturday. Pictured are Sophia Glover, six, and Tia Daley, 10.

The free family fun day featured face painting, play your cards right game, live cooking demonstration and Victor the Lion made an appearance to entertain the children.

Doncaster’s award winning market is often described as the jewel in Doncaster’s crown and the event gave shoppers the chance to discover just what the market has to offer.

Speaking about the event on July 30 Assistant Director of Trading Services and Assets, Dave Wilkinson, said: “We have had excellent feedback from traders and visitors after the recent Making Markets Matter event, and I’m glad that those who came along enjoyed a great day out.

“We have also recently had celebrations for Yorkshire Day, with even more to come during the fabulous St. Leger Festival.

“We want to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy our markets, and I’m pleased that our successful events are helping to drive up footfall and encourage more visits.”

Described as the biggest and best traditional market in the North Doncaster Market boasts around 400 shops, stalls and stands.

The market has been at the heart of the town for hundreds of years and regularly attracts coach trips from far and wide eager to pay a visit.

The market is fully open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

On Wednesdays the outdoor market area hosts an impressive antique and bric-a-brac market.

Some traders, including fishmongers and fruit sellers, also open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Making Markets Matter event is devised and promoted by the National Market Traders Federation.

A spokesman from the NMTF said: “Making Markets Matter is centred in the main shopping area to persuade shoppers to visit their local market.”

n For information about Doncaster Market, visit www.doncaster.gov.uk.