This week sees the return of the national Love Your Local Market celebrations, and Aylesbury markets are joining in with gusto!
Launching with free cake and giveaways on Wednesday 13 May, the programme of events runs until Tuesday 26 May, and has a host of exciting entertainment which celebrates the market and ties in with other national events.
Highlights include a 1940s style swing trio who will be helping to mark 70 years since VE Day at the Tuesday Vintage and Craft Bazaar on 19 May, and a celebration of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 23 May, featuring a live tribute act and Eurovision themed crafts and activities.
The monthly Farmers’ Market is also joining in #LYLM2015, with the Posh Nosh challenge – find the most appetising combination of treats and share them with the hashtag #PoshNoshAylesburyMarket to be in with a chance of winning £20 of vouchers to spend at the Farmers’ Market in June. Local magician Paul Megram will be entertaining shoppers with street magic.
Also running throughout May is the Love Aylesbury Market photography contest, where budding photographers can show off their skills by submitting photos of Aylesbury Market – whether it is the a bunch of fresh carrots waiting to be cut, crunched, cooked or casseroled, the historic clock tower and cobbles or your favourite find on the Vintage and Craft Bazaar, share your vision of the market and be part of the exhibition at the Farmers’ Market in June.
The winner in each age group (18 and under, and over 18) will receive a canvas of their winning shot. Entries should be e-mailed to the competition sponsor, firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 June 2015.
Aylesbury town centre manager, Diana Fawcett, said: “Aylesbury is a modern market town with a thriving market four days a week located in the historic Market Square. Our new Vintage and Craft Bazaar has gone from strength to strength and now hosts a range of delightful locally made products and a treasure trove of finds every Tuesday. Our Love Your Local Market event this year promises to showcase all of our markets and visitors can take the opportunity over this fortnight to enjoy the array of entertainment whilst also talking to local traders producers and discovering new delights.”