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Stockton announces 2015 bumper programme of specialist markets

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Stockton Council has launched its latest specialist markets programme with a promise that it will be bigger and better than ever.

This year’s specialist market programme will bring even more quality products and tempting tasty treats all to the heart of Stockton’s High Street – the new home of all the 2015 specialist markets.

The packed programme offers more variety than ever before and with entertainment and refreshments available at each market there will be plenty to do and see. Familiar favourites such as Chic Vintique and the Farmers’ Market are joined by a host of exciting new markets including a Food Festival, Book Fair, Ka-Pow (Sci-Fi) Family Fun Day and a Retro Market.

Last year Stockton Sparkles Christmas Market was the first to be held on the newly regenerated High Street and more than 7,000 people flocked to browse the stalls, making it Stockton’s biggest ever specialist market. Stockton Council are hoping to build on this success giving residents and visitors alike the opportunity to experience a range of unique and exciting markets and enjoy a free and fun day out.

Councilllor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “After a bumper year of specialist markets, Stockton Council has another jam-packed programme on its way. Stockton Sparkles market created a bustling atmosphere perfect for shoppers, families and visitors and we are looking to recreate that buzz throughout 2015 with something for everyone in the heart of the high street. Make sure that you take a look at the programme and make a note in your diary for all the markets heading this way.”

The specialist markets programme is designed to complement what the popular traditional market has to offer, attracting visitors and shoppers into the town.

Stockton Council is appealing for people interested in trading at any of the markets email [email protected] or telephone 01642 526473.

A taste of what is to come over the next few months is below:

Saturday 7 March
Allsorts markets
10am – 4pm
The first in the specialist market programme heads to the High Street. A showcase of the best traders from across the whole specialist market programme will bring their unique goods creating a special market bazaar.

Wednesday 18 March
Easter Market – Made in Stockton
10am – 2pm
Six school groups will develop, market and sell their products at this Easter themed addition to the traditional Wednesday market.

Saturday 28 March, 25 April, 30 May, 27 June
Farmers’ Market
Fresh produce, seasonal foods, quality drinks and delightful goods in abundance from across the region.

Saturday 11 April
Chic Vintique
Vintage and retro clothes, collectables, quality gifts and all things gorgeous are the name of the game at our Chic Vintique Market.

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April and 10 to 13 June
Continental Market (including a Vintage Car Rally)
With continental delights from an array of countries, a huge selection of delectable tasty goods and handcrafted authentic gifts, experience a true flavour of the continent on your doorstep.

Saturday 9 May
Retro Market
Experience a blast from the past with this Retro themed Specialist Market for gifts, goodies, collectables and novelty items from the 60s, 70s and 80s. A nostalgic take on the recent past in all its stylishly kitsch glory.

Saturday 6 June
Ka-Pow! Market and Family Fun Day
A Family Fun Day taking place across town with something for everyone. Check out the specialist traders in the marquee on the High Street, selling a range of design-led Sci-Fi-themed and TV/Film-related toys, action figures and collectables. Costumed characters will be out in force across town, Wellington Square will play host to a series of mysterious event, and Silver Street will be transformed into a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to remember! Includes extra special guests and plenty of surprises.

To view the full specialist markets programme visit

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