Everyone loves a good market - here's some Yorkshire ones to try:
Every week throughout the year, the two North Yorkshire towns of Northallerton and Thirsk have great markets for you to visit.
Northallerton: Market days in Northallerton are Wednesdays and Saturdays when both sides of the High Street are home to stalls selling a wide range of goods and produce from fruit and vegetables through clothes, hardware and computer and phone accessories, healthy food and fresh fish. There's plenty of parking nearby and this market contributes to the vibrancy of this picturesque market town.
Thirsk: Thirsk Market Days are on Mondays and Saturdays including bank holidays. On these days, the south side of the Market Place has a variety of stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables, candles, computer games to health food, clothing and hardware. On most bank holiday Mondays the whole market place is almost filled by stalls and is a busy place, packed full of treats. Car parking is free in for one hour in Thirsk market place, with a minimal additional charge if you want to stay longer. Thirsk market is also easy to get to by bus and train and Thirsk railway station, which is about a mile from the town centre, is part of the main East Coast line so the market is very accessible.
Yorkshire's city markets are wonderful places to visit, where you'll find everything from fresh foods to fabric, clothing to crockery, and everything else in between. Visit them once and you'll want to come back again and again!
Kirkgate Market, Leeds – Over 800 traders are housed in the impressive Edwardian buildings. Outside is the lively open air market where Michael Marks first opened his Penny Bazaar (1884) which was to lead, ultimately, to the foundation of Marks & Spencer.
Bradford and District Markets - Three indoor markets (two in Bradford and one in Keighley) and two outdoor Markets, one each in Shipley and in Bingley. There is also a successful Wholesale Market - St James's Wholesale Market, as well as plenty of popular themed outdoor market events.
Otley - situated in the beautiful and undisturbed countryside of Lower Wharfedale yet is only ten miles from the dynamic city of Leeds. Steeped in history, Otley lies on the boundary between North and West Yorkshire and has much to interest the visitor. Main market on Friday and Saturday, small market on Tuesday.
Pudsey - The market was recently re-built and has traders selling items ranging form groceries to electrical goods, crafts to fashion.
Yeadon - Yeadon Market is held in the Town Hall square every Monday and Friday between 8.30am to 3.30pm and offers a wide range of food and household goods.
Todmorden - Originally opened in 1802, and refurbished in 2003, this popular open market is situated directly adjacent to the market hall, car park and Todmorden Bus Station and is therefore easily accessible by public transport and car.
Halifax - The award winning market is open six days a week with some 125 market stalls.
Hebden Bridge - Set in stunning countryside, Hebden Bridge is a popular, bustling tourist centre. The Hebden Bridge Open Air Market sells second hand goods on a Wednesday and food and general retail goods on a Thursday.
Doncaster - One of the biggest and best traditional market in the North with some 400 shops, stalls and stands. Doncaster Market has been the heart of the town for hundreds of years.
Art Market, Holmfirth - There are a wide variety of arts,Contemporary crafts and designers this year, showing of the Best of British talent, including Olivia Brown's wonderful ceramic dogs, Dionne Swift's award winning textiles and 'Show me the Monet' (showing soon on a tv screen near you!) artists Sculptor, Brendan Hesmondhalgh and Artist Gillian Lee Smith amongst many others.....
Barnsley Market - Barnsley's famous market in the heart of the town centre is over 700 years old and has more than 300 stalls located in indoor, semi-open and outdoor areas. Barnsley market has a wonderful selection of fresh meats, fish, fruit and vegetables. Stalls selling freshly cut flowers, bread and cakes, books and stationery, DIY materials, carpets and rugs, baking supplies, personalised gift items and more besides are also housed within the market halls. Spacious cafes provide a welcome place for refreshment.
Farmers' markets are increasingly popular as a means of buying locally produced food. There is a real buzz around the quality of award winning local food on offer.
See below for a few more suggestions where to pick up some fine Yorkshire produce.
Some of the regions' farmers' markets include:
Driffield Farmers' Market, The Showground, 1st Saturday monthly, 9am-1pm
Grassington Farmers' Market, 3rd Sunday monthly, 9am-3pm
Harrogate Farmers' Market, Cambridge Street, 2nd Tuesday monthly, 9am-3pm
Holmfirth Farmers' Market, Market Hall, 3rd Sunday monthly, 9am-3pm
Otley Farmers' Market, Market Place, last Sunday of the month, 9am-1pm
Ripon Farmers' Market, Town Square, 3rd Sunday monthly, 9.45am-2.30pm
South Cave Farmers' Market, School Ground, 2nd Saturday Monthly, 9am-1pm
Humber Bridge Farmers' Market - Held on the first Sunday of every month (except January), the market features more than 100 stalls and attracts over 5,000 people making it one of the largest in Yorkshire. Expect the best seasonal, regional produce as well as a dedicated section for arts and crafts.