Shoppers have called for ‘Love your local market’ as the popular event is set to return to Stockton on May 21

Come celebrate market culture and the borough’s fantastic heritage with a special Love Your Local Market event in Stockton on Saturday 21st May.

The event takes place in Stockton town center and is one of 1,000 events taking place over two weeks to celebrate the history and values ​​of traditional markets.

This year there will be free face painting for children, a market trail with free gifts and costumed princes and princesses meeting and greeting visitors, plus an array of fantastic local market traders with a variety of products to taste and buy.

Also making a comeback, the Young Traders Market competition, where young people under 30 can occupy a free stand to test their business idea. The winner has a chance to compete in the regional final in Darlington on Saturday July 23 and then the national final in Stratford upon Avon in August.

Residents and visitors alike are invited to support Stockton town center’s young shopkeepers in May, while enjoying a great local outdoor shopping experience.

The event, founded by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) takes place on Saturday May 21 between 10am and 3pm.

Councilor Nigel Cooke, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “Markets are a key part of life in our borough and Love Your Local Market is always a popular event in Stockton.

“We are happy to show our support for this campaign and to thank those involved in the management of markets across the borough for what they do.

“I’m sure the focus on fun for the whole family will draw lots of people into the town center to see what’s on offer at the market. There’s also the opportunity to visit the many independent shops in the area, The Shambles Indoor Market and Enterprise Arcade businesses to really make it a day.”

Support your local market and the budding merchants of tomorrow!

For more information on Stockton Market visit: Stockton-on-Tees Markets