A visit to the market is an unrivalled shopping experience. Whether it’s fresh, local produce or the latest fashions you’re after, there’s nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of market day.
Many markets are famed for their traditional Victorian buildings and atmosphere, such as Accrington, which offers a variety of stalls, shops and cafes.
Others, such as Bury Market ferry customers in by the coachload, a testament to their huge popularity.
In Bury’s case this could also have something to do with its reputation as seller of the best black pudding in the country…
Throughout the UK there are many traditional market towns which have something to attract every type of shopper from foodies to bargain fashion hunters.
At Catterick market, North Yorkshire, which takes place every Sunday, there is even live music and stand up comedy to attract visitors, as well as circus acts and a beer tent. The perfect day out.
At Leicester market, there’s a distinctly different feel thanks to exciting multicultural stalls selling everything from exotic spices to vibrant fabrics - as well as the chance to buy shark...
For truly scrumptious - and trendy - ingredients, head to Borough Market in London. Always busy, always buzzing and always brimming with the best oils, produce, ales and seafood around.
In addition to the countless market days that many towns and villages thrive on, there are also plenty of shopping mills which exude a traditional market feel too.
In Lancashire alone there is Oswaldtwistle Mills, shopping village and garden centre, Botany Bay, in Chorley, Boundary Mill in Colne and Ena Mill in Atherton amongst others. Like similar mills up and down the country they offer a huge variety of stalls all under one roof as well as cafes, restaurants and usually free car parking too.
Who knows what bargains you might find nestled in the plethora of stalls and shops at your local market or mill. However, a warm welcome and lovely cuppa are always guaranteed!