November and December will be busy months for the markets of Newcastle-under-Lyme, with a wide variety of events planned for the forthcoming weeks.
Along with the general markets that take place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, visitors to the town centre can also expect a number of unique markets that will appeal to a wide range of customers.
On 7th November, the Greyhound Gap Charity Market will come to the town. Visitors will be able to bring along their pets and browse the homemade food and other bespoke items on offer. The Castle Artisan Market takes place on the third Sunday of each month and often attracts more than sixty traders, each selling a range of different goods. Since parking is free in all council car parks on Sundays, this market is highly popular and customers come from far afield to visit.
I spoke with Nick Moore, Town Centre Officer for the borough council, about the markets and how Keele students can get involved.
‘Come on down to any of the markets and show your support by enjoying it, promoting it and, if you fancy, by making a small purchase. It’s so much more rewarding an experience than a supermarket shop and you’ll find the prices just as competitive and the items to be top quality.
The traders are always willing to chat; before you know it, you’ll be a regular.’
Nick also mentioned that becoming a trader at the market is an easy process; it costs just £5 to run a stall for the day and all traders are offered help and guidance. This makes it a viable option for any students looking to earn some income.
Asked why the markets are important for Newcastle-under-Lyme, Nick emphasised the role town markets can play in the rejuvenation of a local area: ‘As large retailers move to mostly online sales, the town centre’s small independent and market traders provide unique items and unique experiences. This is important to differentiate us from other towns and to make our town a destination for attracting new visitors.’
Nick continued: ‘Our footfall has increased considerably on Sundays due to the support for our event markets. It was said at the last Vegan Festival that they haven’t seen the high street and market like this since the 1980’s! We aim to have a town centre for all. With many students living in Newcastle-under-Lyme, we will continue to diversify and attract younger visitors too.’
And if you’re looking forward to Christmas, the town centre will be holding a Christmas Lights switch-on event on 21st November!
You can find a schedule for all the upcoming events below: