With a week to go until this year’s Carlisle Summer International Market, visitors are being reassured that steps will be taken to make the open-air market a safe place to visit.
The market is being held following the lifting of restrictions by the government which now allows outdoor markets to re-open. All traders attending this year’s market are resident in the UK. The event organiser is not permitting any traders from outside the UK to take part in the market.
The open-air market is set to return to Carlisle city centre between Thursday 27 and Monday 31 August.
Organised by Market Place Europe. there will be changes to how the market operates to keep shoppers and traders safe. There will be increased space between the stalls to maintain social distancing, as part of the government’s Track and Trace, staff will take details of patrons using their bar and food court areas on entering, they will also reduce the amount of seating within these areas and ensure it is well spread out so family/friends groupings can maintain their social bubbles. They will also increase their cleaning and disinfection routines.
Hand sanitisers will be available for customers in addition to the hand sanitiser stations installed in Carlisle city centre. Customers will be encouraged to make cashless payments.
Shoppers will be spoilt for choice with a huge mix of authentic continental treats in the city centre. Stalls will be open between:
- Thursday 27 August: 9am – 6pm.
- Friday 28 August: 9am – 6pm.
- Saturday 29 August: 9am – 6pm.
- Sunday 30 August: 10am – 5pm.
- Bank Holiday Monday: 10am – 5pm.
An ancient Proclamation will be recited from the top of the steps of the Old Town Hall on Saturday, 29 August at 10am. The Proclamation is a declaration of Carlisle City Council’s right to hold an annual Fair in August, originally granted to the citizens of Carlisle in 1352 by Edward III.
Also in the city centre on the first Saturday of each month is the Carlisle Farmers and Producers’ Market. At the market they showcase the very best the local area has to offer. Everything is grown, reared, produced or crafted by the stallholders themselves and gives customers the opportunity to find out more about the food and products they buy directly from source whilst supporting local businesses. The market is run by Sustainable Brampton.