Two extra days added for Chesterfield artisan market

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There is more time to shop as two extra days have been added to Chesterfield’s artisan market this year.

The popular market, which only came to the town four months ago, is doing so well that two festive shopping days have been added for December.

Denise Valente, 51, is the director of The Market Company which puts on the monthly stalls. She said: “I can’t believe the support the market has been getting.

“In such a short time it has grown so much with both traders and shoppers enjoying themselves.”

Held in the New Square, adjacent to the Market Place, on the last Sunday of every month there was not going to be any stalls in December as it would have fallen between Christmas and New Year.

However, after talks with Chesterfield Borough Council it was announced on Tuesday that the market will be here for the run-up to Christmas with stalls on December 13 and 20.

Ms Valente said: “Footfall has increased in the town since the market started and businesses that are normally closed on Sundays are opening up to make the most of the trade.

“Being able to hold two extra days shows the town’s commitment to keeping their historic market town thriving.”

There were 70 stall holders for the market in August and shoppers could pick up anything from bath bombs to hot pulled pork sandwiches.

Ms Valente said if the market continues to bring in footfall the stalls could increase to more than 100 by early next year.

She added: “There is a need and a demand for traders selling these type of products and we are thrilled to be part of the community.

“For the Christmas markets expect lots of festive treats and gift ideas.”

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “The two additional artisan market dates that we have put on will form part of the town’s Christmas in Chesterfield events.

“We know that the artisan markets have proved very popular with local people but are also attracting people from much further afield, particularly across the wider Peak District area.”

As part of the festive celebrations there will be a market in Chesterfield every day from 10 December until Christmas.