Christmas market back on the street
8:20am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Latest News
SHOPPERS will be able to get into the Christmas spirit this year with the announcement a special market will be held.
Last year’s market was cancelled following issues over where stallholders could trade.
However, earlier this year a number of locations for markets to be held in was approved by the council following public consultation.
The market will last for 17 days, from December 5 until 22, and will take place along Canal Walk.
There will be 14 chalets, all of which have been booked up by traders looking to help the town get ready for the festive period Although the exact holders of each stall cannot be confirmed until licenses are confirmed, it will be most likely the market will sell items such as garden sculptures, jewellery, as well as homemades preserves and stocking fillers.
The organisation of the market has been carried out by InSwindon who say the market will be ideal for helping Swindon to increase footfall during the festive period.
Rebecca Rowland, the InSwindon Bid manager, said: “I am pleased to say there will definitely be a Christmas market in Swindon this year.
“At this point in time I cannot confirm exactly what will be in each of the stalls while licences are being sorted out.
“When they are up and running they will really add to the ambience in the town.”
Preparations for the market only began in September so the turnaround has been quick. However, InSwindon has been keen to ensure that the market compliments the existing businesses in the town.
Rebecca said: “We have had to make sure the markets enhance the town centre and do not take away trade from other businesses in the area. The stallholders have had a strict critieria to go by but we are pleased with what we have.
“We have tried to use local traders as much as possible to help the local economy.”
It is hoped over the coming week all the vendors at the market will be confirmed and InSwindon will release the details as soon as possible.
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