Opera, dancing and competitions will be taking over Leeds Markets from next week for the start of the national Love Your Local Market fortnight.
Kirkgate Market will kick things off on Saturday 23 June with Dan from Radio Aire and Glen from Magic 828 honing their bartering skills and getting ready to put their trading skills to the test as they try to sell goods suggested by listeners to raise money for charity.
From 11am – 3.30pm there will be Bollywood and Salsa lessons with professional teachers out on the outdoor market, and there will be face painting and opera singing in the indoor market.
The local markets at Otley, Pudsey and Yeadon will have face painters on site and traders at all the three local markets will be offered bunting to decorate their stalls and get into the spirit of the fortnight.
For a unique market experience sure to surprise you, head down to Kirkgate Market at lunch times on weekdays between 25 June and 6 July to hear burst of cultural entertainment, from music to Morris dancing, and try out some new and different street food on Briggate at the city’s first street food festival between 27 and 30 June, or visit the Farmers market at the Waterfront Festival on 1 July.
Throughout the fortnight, Kirkgate Market will be continuing its Global Food Market celebrations with a week of all things Russian, Canadian day and a day of all things foodie from Holland.
As part of the promotions around Love your Local Market, Kirkgate Market is offering money-off vouchers and an hour’s free parking in the market car park when you spend over £20 in the indoor market.
Councillor Gerry Harper, Leeds City Council markets champion said:
“Markets are fantastic places to shop, and offer such a wide variety of items from fresh local produce to materials and herbs and spices amongst many other things.
“The fortnight is a great excuse to rediscover your local market, and to experience the charm and wealth of things on offer.”
For more information and details about the events during the Love Your Local Market fortnight visit www.leedsmarkets.co.uk
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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450