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Late night Fridays and Vintage Treats…all at Shambles Market

Traders at Shambles market have got together with Make It York to get the city’s festive shopping off to a good start this Friday, in what is the first of a series of planned evening shopping events in the run up to Christmas. Open every Friday until Christmas from 5pm to 9pm, the new night market will include popular traders selling a range of unique gifts, stunning antiques, beautiful bags, stylish homeware and crafts, cult and classic vinyl and mouth-watering sweet treats.

This week (Friday 16 October), local artist Lee Boxall will be selling affordable original art and limited-edition prints on his IpsofactoArt stall, Phil Waines of Heart of Wax will be offering vintage vinyl, while Rachel Stott from Thora and the Prince will be selling vintage textiles and hand-painted Victorian silk and the Everlong chalk paint range. Roy Dean, also known as ‘That Cookies & Fudge Guy’, will offer delicious sweet treats, including his latest chocolate orange flavour fudge - inspired by Terry's of York iconic Chocolate Orange. The selection of Shambles Market traders will be housed outside the newly created outdoor seated area at the rear of Ye Old Shambles Tavern, the former slaughterhouse-turned-pub serving Yorkshire beer and cider, such as the Shambles Stumbler pale ale with any evening meal.

Sue Woodward, Owner, Shambles Tavern, said: “It’s brilliant to be working in partnership with the traders at Shambles Market and Make It York to offer al fresco hot food in the evenings and customers can enjoy a drink with any meal purchased. This new idea gives us the opportunity to integrate with the market more and we’re delighted to be doing our bit to bring York’s café culture and early evening to life.”

From Thursday 19 November, Shambles Market will also play host to a new weekly Vintage Market (every Thursday evening) in association with Polly Perkins Vintage Fair, when between 6pm and 9pm there will be a choice of all things vintage. In addition to this the Polly Perkins team will hold a True Vintage Fair on Sunday 22 November and Sunday 6 December, bringing to the city a fantastic collection of vintage stalls, vintage musical performances, children’s vintage themed fairground attractions and a stunning vintage salon, complete with ladies hair & make up, gents barber and nail bar. More than 3,000 visitors attended the first York True Vintage Fair at Shambles Market in August and further monthly Vintage Fairs are planned in 2016.

Chris Price, City Centre and Markets Manager, Make It York, said: “Working together with businesses, we’re bringing in new ideas for York’s Shambles Market and we’re delighted to now offer evening shopping for our customers. This follows on from the huge success of the first True York Vintage Fair in August and we’re confident the night markets and the Vintage Fairs will be popular in the run up to Christmas.” Other traders taking part in this week’s night market include Shambles Market regulars Frances Cormerford (wonderful antiques), Dave Kelly (wooden gifts) and Kevin Tuohy (stylish bags) among others, including new trader Bethan Vincent from ethical coffee company Vincent's Coffee.

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