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Happy Healthy HeARTs hailed a success at Fleetwood Market

Moving market crowdLeading up to this year’s Tram Sunday and Spare Parts Festival on Sunday 16 July, Fleetwood Market played host to a number of exciting arts performances and activities.

The idea was to make the venue a fun, happy and healthy market for traders and shoppers alike. Linking into the Healthier Fleetwood initiative and also being an important strand of the festivals’ access and inclusion programme, arts and creativity is good for the soul and we were keen for as many people as possible to take part.

Linda Copland was commissioned as the market’s artist in residence developing an arts installation which involved decorating a crowd of life sized standing statues. Almost twenty local groups and schools received their figure to create the ‘market crowd’ which was showcased at the venue on Tram Sunday. We are running a competition until Tuesday 1 August; all you have to do is collect a checklist from the market office, find all the figures around the market and return your completed list back to the office. You will then be entered into a draw for a chance to win a £25 market shopping voucher to spend at any stall.

Linda says of her time at the market: “It’s been a fantastic experience working with the stall holders and meeting a variety of community groups. Each blank silhouette went on an adventure, returning to the market as an individual, representing the talent and imagination of the community.”

Linda adds: “So many conversations and meeting of minds took place, debating ideas and negotiating techniques. It has been a pleasure to organise and thank you to all those who contributed ideas, time and positive comments.”

Also part of the arts programme was Adele Robinson, a local poet. Adele held a poetry and creative writing workshop in the centre of the market on 6 July. This encouraged people to write poems, stories and listen to extracts from local writers about Fleetwood.

The programme of events culminated on Tram Sunday where the market was buzzing with activity. Internationally acclaimed BMX stunt rider Matti Hemmings and Etta Ermini dance theatre performed on the outdoor performance area plus lots of walkabout street theatre acts and musicians such as the fantastically funny Granny Turismo could also be spotted!

Chris Wyatt, Wyre’s Arts and Events Development Officer says: “The residency has been a huge creative and market community success over the last few months. 50 mannequins were individually designed by traders, local schools and other local groups. It provided an opportunity for the pieces to animate the market in a number of ways. Collectively, as one vibrant installation, or scattered amongst the stalls and acting as a competitive trail for visitors to find them all and enter in a prize draw. The traders are also using them as signposts, advertising boards and a design based interpretation of their goods and products.”

Chris adds: “This pilot project was good for rapport building with the arts and the artists and accompanied by weekly showcase performances from acts such as the Fylde Ukulele Network, is now generating an accepting artistic culture for the venue.”

Fleetwood Market is open 9am – 4.30pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday PLUS bank holidays and Tram Sunday all year round.

Happy and Healthy HeARTS at Fleetwood Market

Leading up to this year’s Tram Sunday and Spare Parts festival on Sunday 16 July, Fleetwood Market is hosting a number of exciting arts performances and activities.

The idea is to make the venue a fun, happy and healthy market for traders and shoppers alike. Linking into the Healthier Fleetwood initiative and also being an important strand of the festivals’ access and inclusion programme, arts and creativity is good for the soul and we’d like you to take part.

Linda Copeland will be the artist in residence joining us every Saturday from 17 June encouraging participants to be creative at all ages. Linda is developing an arts installation which involves decorating a crowd of life sized standing statues. Almost twenty local groups and schools have received their figure and once complete the ‘market crowd’ will be shown at the venue and weather permitting, around the town.

Every Thursday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm starting from 15 June (excluding 6 July), come and sing along with the Fylde Ukulele Network. A great way to bop whilst you shop! Mouth-watering afternoon teas will also be available at the market café so you can take full advantage of the entertainment at your leisure.

Local musician Mike Fairclough will be bringing his own brand of folk on Saturday 17 June between 10am and 12pm, and on other days – keep an eye out for the notices at the market.

There is an ongoing “Arts Area” available to have a go at art. We’ll provide lots of paper, templates, crayons and pencils for all the family to use. Especially good for those rainy days in town.

We are also hoping to have creative writing classes, and salsa demonstrations.

On Tram Sunday the market will be buzzing with activity. Internationally acclaimed BMX stunt rider Matti Hemmings will be performing on the outdoor performance area at the market, the fantastically funny Bicycle Ballet and the daring and skilful dance group Etta Ermini are in attendance; plus lots of walkabout street theatre acts and musicians.
There is still time, if you want to get involved in providing creative activities, please contact Chris Wyatt, at

It’s a family affair this Love Your Local Market fortnight at Fleetwood

Unit 191 rotatedFleetwood Market is set for another successful fortnight as Love Your Local Market gets underway (17-31 May). We are pleased to be welcoming six new traders trying their hand at market trading for the first time all offering something different but adding to our extensive range of products on offer at the market.

Michael Taznier joins us selling gothic and mystical gifts. Michael had previously attended car boot sales but when he heard about the offer at Fleetwood Market thought it was definitely worth trying his hand at market trading.

Like father like son, Michael’s son George also joins the market family selling Play Station games and consoles.

Also joining us this Love Your Local Market fortnight is Eric Thompson. Visit his stall for a vast array of handbags and accessories. Eric thought the offer of trading at £10 per day was too good to miss and it was worth a shot at becoming a market trader.

Shaun Casey joins us on 23 May with his range of aromatherapy products whilst Janet Scott is selling her beautiful range of handcrafts doorstops, plaques, cushions and ragdolls. Janet says; “I’ve always wanted to try market trading and this offer has made it so easy to give it a try.”

Father and daughter partnership Patrick Greaves and Charlotte Unsworth join us with their business Little Joy Emporium selling delicious cupcakes and jars of homemade fudge. In search of a retail outlet they discovered the offer for new traders and thought it definitely worth a go.

Pop down and say hello to all our traders – old and new and bag a bargain. For more information on all our traders check out our Facebook page here.

Market Manager Julian Brent says: “The whole point of market trading is to try being self-employed with no pressure. Many large high street businesses like Marks & Spencer started their retail journey on markets.

This year we have offered an easy in easy out offer to take the risk element out of trying market trading.

Fleetwood Market is one of Lancashire’s largest markets hosting 250 indoor and outdoor stalls and is presently operating at over 90 % occupancy. We feel this is a real success story in today’s retail environment.”


Fleetwood Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all year round from 9am – 4.30pm.

Love Your Local Market is a celebration of our market culture here in the UK that happens over a fortnight in May.  Over 900 markets took part last year, putting on over nearly 7,000 events.  LYLM is also all about entrepreneurship and since it started in 2012 the markets industry has pledged over 10,000 pitches to new traders.  Follow the conversation online – #LYLM2017

Fleetwood Market – A healthy venue Community Creativity programme.

Dance silhouetteBeing engaged and participating in the arts and creativity has proven positive for our well-being.

We would like to make Fleetwood Market a place to host different creative activities both for visitors and traders.

We’re looking for local arts groups, artists, drama groups, choirs, musicians, dance schools, creative writers, poets, knitters and crafty folk to help provide short performances, sessions or demonstrations at the market during June and July.

Slots are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and most Saturdays. During these months there will also be a visual artist in residence, who will be creating a unique installation. You can help to shape this work too!
If you can spare a voluntary hour and come along to promote yourselves and what you do, inspire others to participate then we would love to hear from you.

We can help publicise your group, make your group part of this ‘special pool’ of creative providers at the market and open up further opportunities for you at local events.
You will be well looked after at the market with support staff, refreshments and other important facilities.
Let’s make Fleetwood healthier together! For further information contact Chris Wyatt at or telephone 01253 887450

Easy foot in the door for new Wyre businesses

Remie BrentBudding market traders are being offered discounted stalls in Fleetwood Market to help them get their business off the ground.

As part of its priority to help kick start more new businesses, market owner Wyre Council has joined the Love Your Local Market (LYLM) campaign and will provide up to six successful applicants with discounted pitches of just £10 a day for a 6 month trial.

Love Your Local Market is a national campaign celebrating and supporting British markets and this year runs from 17 to 31 May.

Julian Brent, market manager at Wyre Council, says: “We know there are people out there with exciting business ideas but the uncertainty and cost of getting started, combined with continuity of trade beyond the first year usually proves too daunting. The Love Your Local Market offer is easy in easy out route to business and makes it simpler for anyone to have a go at being self-employed.”

Those market traders who wish to continue trading at the market after this trial period will be encouraged to do so with mentoring and support from the market manager.

For more information contact Julian Brent on 01253 887650 or email him at

Fleetwood market is a busy, traditional market and one of the oldest in Lancashire boasting over 200 stalls. There’s something for everyone from clothing to food, household goods to jewellery.

The market is open from 9am – 4.30pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday PLUS bank holidays and on Tram Sunday.

LYLM is a celebration of market culture in the UK. Since 2012 over 1000 markets have staged nearly 7000 events during the festival and pledged over 10000 pitches to start-ups to test trade. More information can be found on their website.

Trader of the week – The Shack

The Shack

Pictured here is Julie, Glen’s sister who is also a part of the Fleetwood Market family. You’ll find Julie right next door to The Shack at her gorgeous baby stall – Oooh Baby.

They say “Home is where the heart is” and you’re sure to fall in love with the fantastic range of furniture, lighting and gifts available for your home from new Fleetwood Market business “The Shack.”

A warm welcome to Glen, one of our most recent additions to join the market family.

The Shack is a new business located in the main market hall specialising in quality modern furniture, lighting and gifts. Sourcing goods from around the world and locally; a purchase from The Shack will bring charm and elegance to any home.

From the warm glow of a mosaic egg lamp to a funky neon floor lamp, industrial, rustic or shabby chic, classy ornate mirrors, clocks and candles, you can find something special and unique at The Shack.

If bling is your thing they have an array of high end eye catching ornaments and home decor, from gleaming chrome ceramics, glitter balls to sparkling jewel lamps.

With dining tables and larger furniture to order and a bespoke section coming soon, you’ll soon feel right at home with something special from The Shack.

For further information, give Glen a call on 07736979500 or pop in any market day.

Fleetwood Market is open 9am – 4.30pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, bank holidays and Tram Sunday.


Take a fresh look at Fleetwood Market Cafe

Colin HindWhat’s on the menu these days as Fleetwood Market Cafe opens its doors for business?

Meet new cafe operator Colin Hind. With almost 30 years in the food industry, Colin has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience which he will now bring to his most recent business venture, Fleetwood Market Cafe. Colin says; “It’s quite simply named Fleetwood Market Cafe – as that’s exactly what it is!”

Fleetwood resident Colin added: “I have been working in the family-run business for 27 years, 17 of them I have been owner of Capricorn Cafe in the seaside town. I’ve worked in the food industry one way or another since leaving school. Starting my career at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood as a kitchen porter I then moved onto a supervisory role within a major supermarket. It was at this time that the opportunity arose to buy Capricorn Cafe.

Colin, Julie and Mayor of WyreWhen I found out the market cafe was up for lease I couldn’t let the chance go by. I know the industry very well; I enjoy working with the public and meeting people and I am now keen to expand my career in a busier environment and I can’t wait to become a part of the Fleetwood Market family. We offer a varied menu of breakfasts, toasties, salads and main meals with vegetarian options also provided. Customers can also enjoy a varied selection of fresh cream cakes too. Our first week of trading has exceeded my expectations – we’ve been rushed off our feet and long may it continue.”

Christmas Openings 2016-page-001We’ve got your Christmas shopping all wrapped up at Fleetwood and Poulton markets this festive period.


We also have a very special visitor residing in his grotto over certain dates in November/December.

From the market staff and stall holders at Fleetwood & Poulton Markets, we wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and look forward to serving you in 2017!



Fleetwood Market Cafe was officially opened by the Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Terry Lees on Tuesday 15 November.

Fleetwood Market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am – 4.30pm all year round, including Bank Holidays and Tram Sunday.


Magic moment for market shopper

At the impressive age of 92, Rene Whiteside of Thornton Cleveleys claims “I’ve never won a thing in my life.”

Rene Whiteside

Pictured L to R: Rene Whiteside, Stella Green of The Perfume Stall and Julian Brent, Market Manager

During a recent survey at Fleetwood Market, Rene gave her thoughts about shopping at the seaside shopping experience.

“I have shopped here for many years now, travelling once (or maybe even twice) a week to the market by taxi.

My first visit was with my mother, now I know most of the stall holders and they all look after me when I stop by. There’s such a fantastic range of stalls on offer, I buy my perfume from Stella, dishcloths from Mark, cards from Mavis and I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to buying my jumpers and raincoats.

Finding out I had won £50 market shopping vouchers was such a lovely surprise. I need some new slippers so that’s the first thing I’ll be buying today.”

Discover for yourself, the great range of products and services on offer at Fleetwood Market.

Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am – 4.30pm all year round, also open Tram Sunday.

Victoria/Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AB.

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