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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your seaside shopping experience will be that little bit jazzier on two Saturdays in August as “Just Jazz” perform on the 13 and 20 of this month. They draw their inspiration from the Swing era of the 30’s and 40’s playing hits such as “Fly me to the moon”, “Summertime”, “The nearness of you” and “It had to be you”. Their lively music programme promises to have you toe tapping as you shop. If the weather is kind they will perform on our outdoor performance space however they will relocate to the indoor market if it rains.
Performances take place at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm both Saturdays.
We look forward to seeing lots of you swinging on by!
Fleetwood Market is open from 9am – 4.30pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all year round – also open Bank Holidays and Tram Sunday.
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In addition to the great variety of existing stalls you’ll find when you visit, meet some of our new traders; choose from a selection of engraved items including bracelets, pens, key-rings pet identity tags or bring your own items to be engraved at our new engraving business (opening 22 March). Try the delicious menu at the already popular Skye’s Deli & Coffee Shop and whilst you’re here make sure you head over to The Flat Cap Black Pudding Company and take this tasty treat home for your friends and family to enjoy.
Visitors can also take part in our Eggsciting Easter Egg Hunt too, find all the 12 hidden eggs amongst our stalls to be in with a chance of winning a chocolatey prize. Join us on Tuesday 22, Thursday 24, Friday 25 or Saturday 26 March and collect your entry form from the market office.
(All entries must be handed in by 4pm on Saturday 26 March. Correct entries will go into a hat, 3 winners will be selected at random and informed w/c 28 March. Winners must be able to collect their prize from Fleetwood Market.)
Fleetwood Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday year round including all bank holidays and Tram Sunday from 9am – 4.30pm.
Adelaide/Victoria Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AB. Tel: 01253 887651
In addition to our Christmas opening hours we will also be welcoming a very special visitor at Fleetwood Market as he takes up residence in his grotto on selected dates in December. Children can bring their Christmas wish lists and hand them to Father Christmas between 10am and 4.30pm on 5, 12, 19, 22 and 24 December (cost £2 per child).
We also welcome visitors to Fleetwood Market between the 5 and 24 December to help Santa find his lost elves and reindeer. Santa’s sneaky helpers have hidden themselves amongst the stalls at Fleetwood Market – there are 32 elves and 8 reindeer to find. Collect your “finding form” near the gazebo in the main hall and start searching. You can be a super seeker and search for all 32 elves or you can choose to search for 8 elves by picking the shorter form. The reindeer are very shy and have hidden themselves very well…..only the very best seekers will find all 8. We will give you one little hint, the reindeer are only in the main hall. Remember, you have from 9am on Saturday 5 December to 2pm on Thursday 24 December to find them all and help Santa. This is a free event although donations to Fleetwood Market’s Children in Need Appeal will be gratefully received.
All the traders and market staff from Fleetwood and Poulton Markets would like to thank you for your custom and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Julian says: “I believe Children in Need is a great charity and some of our thoughtful market traders here at Fleetwood Market recommended that I go in the dunk tank as a good way of fundraising. All we ask is that people donate £1 for the opportunity to do so and help raise money for this fantastic cause.”
People may need to form an orderly queue behind our own market traders but don’t worry – we will make sure you get your chance to dunk the manager! Head down to the seaside shopping experience between noon and 2pm (we couldn’t make him suffer much longer than an hour or two).
There will be entertainment for all the family too from 11am and 2pm with bouncy castle, DJ and special appearances from Peppa Pig and Frozen’s very own Olaf.
We hope to see you there and anyone who captures their own pictures of the dunking, feel free to post these to our Facebook page where we will share them all.
2015 marks a very special birthday for Fleetwood Market. Market Rights were first granted in 1275, but it was 1840 before they were exercised by Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood. The original market area was bound with a stone wall with wooden access gates at each end. In the middle of the open area was a basic wooden building with a slate roof providing shelter for the stalls from which local people sold farm produce and traders from Manchester sold textiles and clothing. A weekly open cattle market was later added.
Following Sir Peter’s death the market was sold to the town of Fleetwood in 1890. Two years later the present stone building was erected that included offices and living accommodation for staff.
Over the years further improvements have been made including a major extension in 1990 and the demolition of the police station and magistrates’ court.
Today the market is as popular as ever, selling a variety of goods from computer accessories to clothing, cosmetics to crockery. Pay a visit to one of our events during the year; some of which include live music acts on our outdoor market, haunting Halloween crafts and Santa’s Grotto during our winter months providing fun for all the family. Keep an eye out for our branded tramcar this year as it trundles along the Fylde coast, we’re proud to be trading all these years later and this is just one of the ways we’re keen to tell people we are open for all your shopping needs. So come and spend a day, not a fortune and bag a bargain at the seaside shopping experience that is Fleetwood Market.
Fleetwood Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am – 4.30pm including bank holidays and Tram Sunday.
Victoria/Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6AE. 01253 887651.
Visit cold blooded Catherine from 10am on Saturday 31 October for fiendish fun making haunting Halloween creations to take home.
Make dishcloths ghosts, hand-print spiders, origami bats and colourful monsters (all priced at £1.50 per activity with proceeds going to Children in Need).
From 27 – 31 October, become a Fleetwood Market Monster and use our props to upload a #marketmonstie selfie to our Facebook page. We’ll share them all, just post them to our page. (Props at Mary, Tom and friends).
Pop down, it’ll be ghoulishly great to see you all! There’ll be plenty of tricks and treats in store at the famous seaside shopping experience.
Fleetwood Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, bank holidays and Tram Sunday from 9am – 4.30pm. Victoria/Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AE. Tel: 01253 887651.
On Saturday 11 July Fleetwood Market plays host to a jam packed day of family fun. There’ll be bouncy castle fun for the little ones (time limit for bouncy castle sessions are 15 minutes per session) throughout the day.
The best bit is neither will cost Mum or Dad a penny!
Running alongside the regular market you can enjoy a spot of shopping whilst you are here too.
We’ve also got some great events still to come at Fleetwood Market including:
Tram Sunday Celebration (normally closed on Sunday but will be open for all your shopping needs on this fantastic event in the town) Sunday 19 July 9am – 4.30pm.
Ma Kelly’s Show “Shorts” – Music and dance shows Tuesday 4 & Saturday 29 August from 12.30pm – 3.30pm.
Jazz Band – Live music on Saturday 15 August from 11.30am – 2.30pm.
Halloween Fun Day Great family entertainment on Saturday 31 October from 10am – 4pm.
Children in Need (Dunk the Manager) Friday 14 November noon – 2pm.
Santa’s Christmas Grotto Santa will be in residence on 5, 12, 19, 22 & 24 December from 10am – 4.30pm. Children can meet Santa for £2 per child.
So head on down to the seaside shopping experience that is Fleetwood Market. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9am – 4.30pm and also all bank holidays and Tram Sunday.
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If crafts are your thing you’ll discover an exciting range of stalls selling hand made goods including handmade cards, knitted sweaters, earrings, paintings, cushion covers, hand painted plaques, gift tags Marquetry pictures, British wool tea cosies, mugs, hairbands, key rings, brooches and scarves to name but a few!
Entry is FREE so come a pay a visit to this exciting event held alongside the regular market. Call the market office for further details on 01253 887650.