Harold Wilson statue, St George's Square
This weekend’s event comes just a few weeks after Queensgate Market was named Indoor Market of the Year by the National Association of British Market Authorities; and Holmfirth Farmers’ Market came runner up in FARMA’s national awards.
Hosted at the Open Market on Brook Street from 10am until 4pm, a record-breaking 43 businesses have signed up for the first event this Sunday, which promises to bring something different to the town for those who enjoy browsing for unique gifts, and sampling quality food and drink.
In addition to live music and to coincide with Mothers’ Day, organisers will be laying on free chocolate-making activities for children, who can take away their very own handcrafted gift.
“We’ve toyed with the idea of setting up a Sunday market for some time, but have waited until now so that we can be sure we’ve got the right mix of quality stalls to appeal to a whole new audience,” said Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Investment and Housing.
“The idea that you can go to a market for a day out has really caught on, but clearly it’s what’s on offer which makes all the difference.
“The mix of entertainment, food and drink, as well as quality gifts and handcrafted products, is a concept which has proven to be really popular in the country’s major cities. Given the success of other market-style activities in Huddersfield, we think the time is right to introduce this new approach for Sundays.
“The major appeal of the town’s Food and Drink Festival just goes to show that people are up for a day out at a specialised market and I’m often asked how we can expand this type of activity throughout the year.
“If we can attract just one tenth of the 100,000 people who flood into Huddersfield for the annual Food & Drink Festival, Upmarket Sundays will be doing very well indeed.”
Organisers have been delighted by the unprecedented level of stall enquiries for the new event and expect numbers to continue growing as the event becomes established over the coming months.
Upmarket Sundays will take place on the second Sunday of every month – the next being on April 14.