Farmers' Market's move to Market Walk put back to January

Published on: 07 Nov 2014

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The date for Keynsham Farmers’ Market’s move to the new Market Walk development has been delayed until the new year, it has been revealed.

Stallholders were originally due to relocate to the new site this month but they will now remain at Ashton Way car park for their November and December markets. The first market at the new town centre site is expected to be on January 10.

A spokesperson for Somerset Farmers’ Markets said: “The farmers and food producers are excited at the prospect of  going back into the enhanced town centre in 2015, but in the meantime are happy to celebrate the Christmas market in Ashton Way where the Keynsham Brass Band will again be coming along to help generate a festive atmosphere.”

The decision to delay the move followed talks with Bath and North East Somerset Council and a spokesperson for the authority said: “The date has been agreed in consultation with the farmers’ market and they are happy for the relocation to be January.  This will give us time to work out the market layout, prepare the licences and for the farmers’ market to plan ahead regarding advertising and notifying traders.”

There were celebrations at the market on October 11 when the event marked its 10th birthday with entertainment from Bath Vintage Brass Band, a tombola with prizes and a birthday cake from Keynsham Country Markets.

On hand to cut the cake were B&NES vice-chairman Councillor Ian Gilchrist, town council chairman Councillor Clive Fricker, town councillor Tony Crouch, prospective parliamentary candidate Wera Hobhouse and long-standing stallholders Steve Harvey and Lesley Bowers.

The next dates for the farmers’ markets are November 8 and December 13, both at Ashton Way, and January 10, at Market Walk. Customers will be able to pre-order some Christmas items at this month's market as well as buy gifts.

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