Coronavirus postponed Alnwick Market’s March reopening, but now the market is the biggest it’s been in three years.
Geraud was set to reopen Alnwick Market on the 28 March, which ended up falling on the first week of the UK’s Coronavirus lockdown. Inevitably, the grand reopening had to be postponed until it was safe to welcome people back. After an unusually quiet 10-week hiatus, we’re welcoming traders and shoppers back safely at Alnwick Market. We opened to the public again on 11 June and the market has been thriving ever since! We’ve grown from an initial launch of 9 stalls to 35 as of Saturday 8 August.
Alnwick Market operates weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays with a Farmers’ and Craft Market on the last Friday of every month. Visitors will find a mix of food and drink, handmade crafts, sweet treats, clothing, Fairtrade products, plants and flowers, local photography, and much more. As well as the regular traditional markets, Alnwick will also be hosting the annual Taste of the North and its very own Food Festival in 2021!
Supporting Alnwick Market’s Future Growth
The Coronavirus crisis has had a big impact on towns and villages like Alnwick throughout the UK, and full recovery will take time. To support Alnwick Market’s future growth, we’ve been working hard to make the market more accessible. With the help of the Duke of Northumberland’s Estate, the market is providing a weekly stall free of charge to a local business or charity that’s been particularly badly affected by the pandemic . The scheme has already helped florist Sharon Wright become a big hit with shoppers. We’ll also be working with local schools and colleges through our young trader initiative.
Alnwick Market is important to the local community and a popular tourist spot, so we’ll be focusing on a variety of promotions in 2020 and beyond. Geraud will be working with local businesses and stakeholders to advertise the market and the town as a tourist destination, including to nearby holiday homes and B&Bs. Alnwick Market will be more than a shopping destination too, hosting local artists and theatre in the market square.
We’re welcoming traders and shoppers back safely
James Ormsby, who runs Alnwick Market for Geraud, told the Northumberland Gazette he’s delighted to finally be able to reopen the market safely. “We will be implementing a cordoned off shopping space, with a controlled one-way system to minimise any risk and keep shoppers and traders safe.” He also stressed that social distancing thankfully doesn’t seem to have put any of the regulars off. “Everyone has been very supportive and traders seem keen to get back to work, with many regulars looking forward to returning to their pitches.”
Alnwick Market has been open with social distancing for just over 2 months and feedback has been fantastic so far. Visitors have commented that it’s lovely to see Alnwick Market back and the market square so colourful. Despite the delay and uncertainty, this is the biggest Alnwick Market has been in three years and it shows no signs of slowing down. The Coronavirus definitely isn’t over yet, but for many of Alnwick’s shoppers and traders it’s starting to feel like the worst is behind them.