Free children’s entertainment and activities during the summer holidays will be on offer at Wellingborough market in a bid to encourage more shoppers.
Every Wednesday throughout August there will be a free bouncy castle on the market place, and on August 19 there will be a Punch and Judy show every hour between 10am and 3pm.
Wellingborough market has a lot to offer and hopefully these activities will encourage people to come and give us a tryDean Granger
There’s also a children’s colouring competition, with a first prize of a £20 Captain Neil’s toy voucher up for grabs.
It is part of a plan by Wellingborough Council and Wellingborough Norse – the organisation that runs the market on behalf of the council – to promote the market and bring more shoppers and more traders to the facility.
Dean Granger from Wellingborough Norse said: “We tried a free bouncy castle in May as part of the Love Your Local Market campaign and it was really popular.
“As well as the bouncy castle, we’ve added in a few extras this time round, so there’s something for everyone and plenty to keep the kids occupied.
“It can be difficult to shop when the children are off school. We wanted to put some entertainment on during the holidays so the kids would be happy to join in shopping trips.
“Wellingborough market has a lot to offer and hopefully these activities will encourage people to come and give us a try.”
Wellingborough Council and Wellingborough Norse are also appealing for traders to join the market, by offering three months’ free rent to all new stall holders.
Mr Granger added: “We have a long history as a market town and we want to see our market thrive.
“We have a number of promotional activities and incentives planned to encourage both shoppers and traders.
“We’re particularly keen to get more food traders on our market.
“A wider range of goods on offer means people are more likely to shop here, which is good for all the traders.
“All our stalls have fixed metal roofs and lighting, and there’s free off-site reserved parking for stall holders.
“Being a market trader is a great way to start a business and we’d like to hear from anyone who fancies giving it a go.”
More information about Wellingborough market is available at www.wellingborough.gov.uk/market or by calling Wellingborough Norse on 01933 234 520.
Entry forms for the market colouring competition are also available on the council’s website.