Wirksworth Market to get makeover

Wirksworth's Tuesday market, the oldest in the Derbyshire Dales, is about to get a new lease of life with a relaunch and new stallholders on Easter Tuesday, 7 April.

Operated by Derbyshire Dales District Council and dating back to 1330, when traders and farmers would bring their wares by cart to the town, the market revamp is being led by regeneration group NOW - New Opportunities for Wirksworth.

NOW are hoping to encourage people from towns and villages all over the area to help them make the market sustainable for many more years to come and is being helped in its bid to revitalise the weekly event through a grant from Wirksworth Town Council and funding from the Exton Trust.

A NOW spokesperson said the group hoped local people would use the market as a reason to visit Wirksworth, adding: "We have a loyal number of stalls who come regularly but like many weekly markets, Wirksworth has been struggling so we intend to give it a boost that will hopefully take it forward into a more prosperous future.

"Wirksworth has already fought off the recession with its impressive range of independent shops and now we want to make our market a bit different with more unusual products. We know that visitors are often surprised what a lovely, vibrant town we have and we want more people to experience that."

Wirksworth has already had interest from stallholders from the District Council's monthly Bakewell Farmers' Market - the UK's second largest - and from stallholders from Ripley and Matlock's markets. The aim is to offer a regular range of unusual and quality products.

Stallholders wanting more information about booking can contact Derbyshire Dales District Council's community events officer Nicola Wildgoose by email at markets@derbyshiredales.gov.uk.

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