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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.

Hop on down to Fleetwood Market this Easter

Easter-Egg-HuntSpring is upon us and along with new life in nature; we warmly welcome new business start-ups at the seaside shopping experience that is Fleetwood Market.

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.)

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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

Fleetwood Market Manager takes the Plunge for Pudsey!

Children in NeedHe won’t need his wellies but our Market Manager Julian Brent, will be making a splash when he plunges into the Dunk Tank in aid of Children in Need, at Fleetwood Market this Saturday 14 November.

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.

You can follow Pudsey’s fund raising total over on Twitter or like the official page on Facebook

Ma Kelly’s Show goes down a storm at Fleetwood Market

Photo 1The wind didn’t deter crowds coming along to Fleetwood Market on Saturday 30 August when an afternoon of music and dancing entertained the masses. There was glitz and glamour from the showgirls outfits and even some of the market traders took to the stage to have a dance alongside them. Check out the video: Dance with me tonight clip

The next event to take place at Fleetwood Market promises to keep the kiddies entertained during the next school holidays (half-term). We’ve plenty going on with the Spin Doctor who’ll be creating spooky art with the Splodge-A-Matic machine. That’s Friday 31 October between 11am and 3pm. Then the final event planned for 2014 is a special visitor who’ll be residing in his Grotto from Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 December. Father Christmas will be waiting to hear christmas wishes and make them come true. That will be 10am til 2pm each day (excluding Wednesday). Right now, there are some great ideas in stock for those who like to start their christmas shopping early, so head down to the coastal shopping experience that is Fleetwood Market and bag a bargain today.

Poulton nominated for Best Small Outdoor Market

Poulton MarketPoulton Market takes place every Monday in the historic market town of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. Still in its infancy the market started in 2011 and is managed by the local authority, Wyre Council. In only 2 years the market now boasts a wide range of stalls (approximately 50 pitches) from food to clothing and household products, there’s something for everyone. Other stalls offer jewellery, pet products, greetings cards, bags, leather goods, children’s toys and more. Feedback from traders is positive with many claiming the Monday market is proving to be one of their best for trading. Footfall to the town is also greater on a Monday which has helped the town as a whole go from strength to strength. Aside, investment is increasing in the market town with Costa Coffee now trading and Booths Supermarket set to develop a new supermarket to serve the town’s residents and visitors. Simply, the weekly street market offers another facet to this thriving market town, documented by receiving a commendation from “Towns Alive National Awards” in recognition of the successful towns project, awarded in July of this year.

You can vote for Poulton in the Market of the Year competition here: www.nabma.com/vote

Voting closes 31 December 2013.