Thousands of visitors soaked up sights, sounds and smells of all things Christmas at Burnham Deepdale’s festive market at the weekend.
Large marquees at Dalegate Market and stalls in St Mary’s Church across the road hosted over 90 stallholders selling gifts, decorations and local food and drink.
One of the organisers, Jason Borthwick, said: “It was an excellent team effort to host almost 100 stalls this year and to welcome many thousands of visitors. Both days were busy and, apart from the traditional lazy Sunday morning start, there really wasn’t a slow point in the day.
“A big thank you to the scouts who came to help us manage the car parking, to the Deepdale Farm’s team, who did all the setting up and breaking down of the event, Fine & Country for sponsoring the road signs and to Abacus Marquees who work with us to continually develop the event and improve year on year.”
The majority of the stallholders were local independent traders, so the event was a huge celebration of small business, appropriately coinciding with Small Business Saturday and Shop Local Saturday on December 6.
Mr Borthwick said: “The majority of our shops here at Dalesgate Market are independent retailers and we feel passionately that having a shopping experience that is completely different from the high street is so important.
“Deepdale Christmas Market helps us support many local independents and people discover what Dalegate Market has to offer all year round. There’s no doubting that the weekend is a massive undertaking, we sleep very well when all the work is done, but the sense of achievement is immensely satisfying too.”
Plans are already in hand for next year’s event, which is provisionally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6. The event has become so well known and popular over the last six years, that people are keen to book places as soon as possible. This year so many applied that several had to be turned down. Stallholders need to wait until late January before more details are released.
In the meantime, applications are open for the pop-up shops which Dalegate Markter hosts during the summer months. More details are available at www.dalegatemarket.co.uk