Market stays on park site

Live And Local: Local stallholders and producers pictured at the open air Matlock Farmer's Market in Hall Leys Park.
Live And Local: Local stallholders and producers pictured at the open air Matlock Farmer's Market in Hall Leys Park.
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Matlock Farmers’ Market will be given a new home in Hall Leys Park for the rest of the year.

The decision was made by Matlock Town Council following a successful four month trial period earlier in the year.

The council will now be carrying out more research with traders and customers to determine whether it should apply to Derbyshire Dales District Council to have the market moved to the park on a permanent basis.

Mayor of Matlock, Cllr Peter Wildgoose, said: “Matlock Town Council have been very pleased to see the increase in trade for our local producers at Matlock Farmers’ Market since our move to Park Head.

“It has been wonderful to see so many new customers making the most of Matlock Farmers’ Market and as well as satisfying to see it gain a new lease of life in a different location.

“We are particularly pleased for all our traders many of whom have supported the Market over a number of years and are really reaping the benefits of the move with their businesses growing and making even more quality local produce available for us all.”

Chairman of district council, Geoff Stevens, said: “The district council is delighted to see Hall Leys Park, which our parks team work so hard to maintain as one of the best in the whole of the UK, being trialled as the new home of Matlock Farmers’ Market.

“The district council has just celebrated a fifth consecutive Green Flag Award in Hall Leys Park and we take pride in providing a superb backdrop for great local activities such as this.”

Matlock Farmers’ Market takes place on the third Saturday of each month with local producers bringing a wide range of goods from bread, specialist meats, eggs, jams, pickles, cakes and biscuits.

Further information on times, traders and other activities is available by visiting www.matlock.gov.uk or telephone 01629 583042.