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York Farmers’ Market returns to St Sampson’s Square

York’s monthly Farmers’ Market will return to St Sampson’s Square this summer. Destination Management Organisation Make It York announced these plans today.

In 2015, following the refurbishment delivered by City of York Council, York Farmers’ Market was integrated within Shambles Market; the idea being to establish the event here on a more permanent basis, expanding it and adding value and new reasons to visit the market area as a whole. Whilst there has been some success in doing this over the last year, there have also been various challenges; in particular the lack of adequate power for refrigeration.

City Centre and Markets Manager, Chris Price said, ‘There is a great tradition of Farmers’ Markets in York and many people make a special journey to come into York to buy local Yorkshire produce such as the best local pies, artisan bread and fresh farm eggs. Establishing a re-invigorated York Farmers’ Market will be a great boost for York and we’ll be announcing a regular line-up of events in the near future.’

A range of new initiatives has been put in place to enhance Shambles Market with more activity in the pipeline. Key actions taken so far include adding historic photographic images, improving signage, creating an outside seating area at Shambles Tavern and adding new street food traders to enhance the ambience. Several themed markets have also been piloted this year including a series of well-supported night markets, an art market (now planned for the last Sunday of every month) and a vintage market.

Plans afoot include creating a much improved Food Court and the next evening event planned will be the ‘Shambles Market ‘Meet, Eat and Treat’ night on 30th June at 7.30pm, organised in partnership with Rudgate Brewery and Shambles Tavern, offering hog roast, local beers and live music from York musician Rachel Croft. Simon Long, Owner, Shambles Kitchen, said, ‘A thriving Farmers’ Market boosts the overall reputation of York as a city with great markets. The produce on offer is not freely available in supermarkets, the Internet or other retail outlets, giving a compelling reason for people to come and spend. Not to mention the opportunity to talk to the folks who have grown and produced the products. Hopefully all existing retailers and market traders will benefit.’

Steve Brown, Managing Director, Make It York, said, ‘We know there are always going to be
differences of opinion in respect to the market. What’s crucial is that we listen and work collaboratively to find the right solutions for the city. Make It York wants to support a thriving Farmers’ Market and develop the Shambles Market as a real asset for the city.”


For further information please contact:
Kay Hyde – Head of Communications – Make It York
Direct Line: 01904 554451
Mobile: 07506 048852

Cassie Meegan-Vickers – Senior Communications Executive – Make It York
Direct Line: 01904 554436


About Make It York and Visit York

Make It York (York’s Destination Management Organisation)
Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand.
Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York

Key tourism facts:
6.8 million visitors annually, £608 million total visitor spend, supporting 20,300 jobs