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Shambles Market will bring that Boogie Woogie feeling to York city centre at its Easter Sunday Vintage Market

Sights and sounds from the 1940s to 1960s will come to life in York at the end of March as Shambles Market ‘goes vintage’ for Easter – with singer, scooters and vintage frocks appearing alongside Market regulars in a special Easter Sunday event.

Rolling back the years will be vintage vocalist Gina Rose, performing songs inspired by the Andrews Sisters, while the York Inset Scooter Club will ride into the City with its fabulous display of classic scooters.

The Shambles Market Vintage event, which takes place Sunday 27 March from 9am to 5pm, will also feature recycled and vintage clothing, china, vinyl and furniture. New traders, including vintage china specialist Willacy Whimsys, Mr Fox Upcycled Clothing Company and Earnshaw Brothers, creators of handmade industrial vintage style furniture, will line up alongside Shambles regulars, such as Comerford Antiques, Shabby Le Chic and Heart of Wax Vinyl.

Shambles Market will first kick the long Easter weekend off in style with a Farmers Market on Good Friday showcasing the very best York producers, with items ranging from quality beef steaks to fresh farm eggs and homemade cakes.

York’s monthly Farmers’ Market (25 March 2016) will join the city’s regular market on the last Friday of the month between 9am and 5pm and celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, pies, eggs and oils, as well as pottery and woollen gifts. Fresh goods sold on York Farmers' Markets are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholder within a 40-mile radius of York.

Chris Price, City Centre and Markets Manager, said: “Local shoppers and visitors can expect a wonderful range of stalls over the Easter Weekend at Shambles Market, from our regular fresh fish and meat kiosks through to brilliant local farmers and producers at the Farmers’ Market. Our special vintage market will be a vibrant and exciting way to spend Easter Sunday with classic scooters, vintage music and retro clothing setting a nostalgic scene.”

There will be more reasons to visit York this Easter than ever before as the city has announced a new family friendly Easter Festival for the Bank Holiday weekend. Vintage fairground attractions from Lunchbox Theatrical Productions will be offering fun for children at St Sampson’s Square, including old favourites, such as Hook a Duck and Muffin the Mule. Street food suppliers will be selling tasty treats all along Parliament Street and there’ll be fun games and entertainment throughout the weekend.

York’s Chocolate Festival will be returning as part of the Easter celebrations too with a chocolate market and demonstration marquee on Parliament Street. Officially celebrated as Britain’s home of chocolate the very first festival ran in 2012 and York’s very own sweet visitor attraction York’s Cholate Story opened.

Kate McMullen, Head of Tourism, Make It York, said: “We hope visitors will enjoy our new Easter programme. York is brimming with fantastic things to do for children. Easter is a great time for families to enjoy time together and we hope this new festival will be a huge hit over the Bank Holiday Weekend.”

All Easter Festival activities run from 25-28 March except the funfair which will run for two weeks from 25 March – 11 April. For more information and to book your Easter break in York visit


Notes to Editor:

Shambles Market is situated by The Shambles thoroughfare, an ancient narrow cobbled street of 15th century timbered buildings – York’s oldest street and the oldest shopping street in Europe. The Farmers Market showcases the best produce from local producers and is held on the last Friday of every month between 9am and 4pm under gazebos in Shambles Market.

10 brilliant reasons to shop at Shambles Market and Your Local Market

1 You’re supporting local Yorkshire businesses
By shopping at Shambles Market/your local market, you will be investing in independent regional businesses

2 It’s ethical
By shopping at Shambles Market/your local market, you can learn where products and produce have come from and how they were made. Many products have a short field-to-fork journey, so there is less packaging to recycle and less transportation - reducing the environmental impact of your shop in York.

3 You get great customer service
Market traders are passionate local business owners, who are proud of their craft and produce and value your business. You’ll enjoy personal help and advice when choosing what to buy.

4 You save money
Buying local this cuts the cost of the middleman and pricey shipping, so you get more value for your pence. Fresh local produce, including fish, meat, fruit vegetables, can have lower prices than at the supermarket and you’ll also find clothing, shoes and household goods at discounted prices. Add value to your purchase by stocking up on fresh seasonal food and freezing it to eat out of season.

5 There’s fresh, organic produce
Food on offer is as fresh as you can get it outside of growing or making it yourself, including fish and freshly-baked bread made from organic grain flour. Many farmers at the Farmers Markets – the last Friday of every month in York - use organic methods to grow their produce with less water and less energy, and offer pesticide-free options with no preservatives.

6 It’s a great meeting point
With plenty of outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi and fantastic food kiosks the Shambles Food Courtyard in York is the perfect place for families and friends to socialise, relax and have a chat.

7 Meet bakers and artists offering quality designs & crafts
From specialist pastry chefs, local painters and craftsmen producing garden decorations from recycled materials, a trip to your local market is a wonderful opportunity to discover local artists and designers, food producers and growers.

8 You’ll find unique presents
Markets offer local goods or quirky one-off gifts which aren't available elsewhere; in York you’ll find one-off handbags made with Yorkshire wool direct from the weavers and rustic outdoor furniture made from sustainable woodland trusts.

9 Discover new flavours
There are four street food kiosks in York, open daily, with ever-changing menus, with North African & Levantine delights, Turkish-inspired wraps and homemade cakes. Regular food stalls offer seasonal breads, Yorkshire Tea loaves, handmade fudges in over a dozen flavours, plus ciders and ales from small microbreweries and vineyards of Yorkshire.

10 Entertainment
Shambles Market York offers a free performance venue every day for local performers, including singers, art tours and acoustic musicians to provide family fun and entertainment.

Make It York (York’s Destination Organisation) has an overarching remit to market the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as an exciting place to live, study, visit and do business. The remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.


Claire, Pick & Mix Marketing Solutions
Tel: 01904 863511

Kay Hyde, Head of PR & Corporate Communications, Make It York
Tel: 01904 554451