Tiverton Market set to open every day in run-up to Christmas

Posted on: 23 November 2018

The traders at Tiverton Pannier Market have been preparing the market to open seven days a week between the Christmas lights switch-on and Christmas Eve.

As part of the preparations, the market will be adorned throughout with seasonal decorations and festive art drawn by local artist, Jackie Tye. Regular produce will be on offer at the market throughout December, along with art, crafts, unusual gifts and special Christmas offers.

To mark the start of Tiverton’s ‘Festival of Christmas’, a lantern procession will be led through the town on December 1st starting at 5.30pm. A ceremony will follow at 6.00pm where the Mayor Janet Rendle, will switch-on the town’s new Christmas lights. Also from 6.00pm, the market will play host to a special Christmas ‘Electric Nights Streetfood’ event, whereby the whole market area will be filled with entertainment and enjoyment from bars and street food stalls to fairground rides!

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, a craft market will take place on Sunday 2nd December for anyone with an interest in unique hand-made items, followed by a ‘Last Minute Gift Fayre’ on the 16th for people with gifts they’ve still to buy or anyone that’s left their Christmas shopping a little late!

Those fortunate enough to have already finished their Christmas shopping and are looking to get into the seasonal spirit, can enjoy the various types of entertainment scheduled to take place throughout the month, to include; live singing, musical bands and not forgetting Santa’s reindeer of course, who will be making the annual visit on Saturday 22nd between 11.00am and 1.00pm. Be sure to check to the Tiverton Pannier Market website, Facebook or Twitter pages for details.

Alan Ottey, Town Centre and Markets Manager said:

“For the first time in the market’s history, we’re proud to join a trend in which over 50 of the town’s businesses will be open all four Sundays before Christmas Day. This is great news, not only for the businesses but also for the residents and visitors to the town, as they can carry out their Christmas shopping conveniently and stress-free; without the need to travel to a city, struggle for parking or negotiate large crowds.

Furthermore, we’ve been working really hard attracting new and original traders so that a range of goods will be available to buy. Anyone searching for that special Christmas gift or keeping an eye out for special offers will not be disappointed. There are multiple events happening all over the town at various dates and times, so there’ll be something for everyone in the lead up to Christmas.

We have a great caring local community which we’re proud of, but we still need to support the town to ensure its future. Part of that effort is outlined in the new Town Centre Partnership which aims to make the market the centre of the community by being accessible to all, encouraging visitors and providing a safe, relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which to conveniently shop. Also by shopping locally, our residents are keeping the town vibrant and helping to support both businesses and the local economy.”

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