Love Your Local Market Fortnight

There’s more to enjoy in Wakefield Council’s six local markets over the next two weeks (17 to 31 May) as part of Love Your Local Market fortnight!

The Council’s markets – Castleford, Pontefract, South Elmsall, Normanton, Ossett and Wakefield – are hosting a packed programme of free fun activities and entertainment for all to enjoy.

Activities include live singers, healthy recipe demonstrations, an arts and crafts workshop and knit and natter sessions.

There’s also plenty to keep the kids entertained including face painters, balloon modelling, a circus workshop, bouncy castles, fairground rides and more!

What’s more, shoppers at the Council’s six local markets are guaranteed to find great bargains and enjoy first class customer service.

Our markets offer a wide range of stalls including fruit and vegetables, delicatessens, fishmongers, butchers, along with babywear, carpets and curtains, cosmetics, jewellery, greetings cards, household goods, and fancy dress – so you’re guaranteed to find something for you.

You can also grab a bite to eat at one of our many cafes.

If you’re a regular shopper at one of the Council’s markets you will find plenty more reasons to shop there, but why not also try one of our other markets to see what bargains and entertainment you can enjoy?

And if you haven’t shopped in one of our markets for a while, why not pay us a visit during Love Your Local Market fortnight to find out what’s on offer!

Love Your Market events are on at the following times and locations. Activities vary across our six markets and are subject to change.

May Market Activity
Friday 17CastlefordSinger - 3 half-hour performances
Friday 17 WakefieldCraft stalls
Friday 17OssettCraft stalls
Friday 17South ElmsallHealthy eating team – recipe demonstration
Saturday 18Pontefract Craft stalls, youth market, face painter, balloon modeller
Saturday 18Castleford Bouncy castle, youth market, face painter
Saturday 18Wakefield Rapide brothers - circus element, singer
Saturday 18South ElmsallPreloved market, youth market, face painter
Saturday 18Normanton
Monday 20Castleford Healthy eating team – recipe demonstration
Tuesday 21PontefractCoffee and Tea Day – Free coffee or tea voucher system for customers to use in the 2 cafes
Tuesday 21CastlefordCoffee and Tea Day – Free coffee or tea voucher system for customers to use in the 4 cafes
Tuesday 21OssettSinger - 3 half-hour performances, craft market
Tuesday 21South ElmsallTable top sale, Upton Community centre holding Knit and Natter group
Wednesday 22Pontefract

Healthy eating team – recipe demonstration


Thursday 23Castleford Craft stalls, Singer
Thursday 23Wakefield Singer - 3 half-hour performances
Friday 24OssettSinger - 3 half-hour performances
Friday 24South ElmsallSinger
Saturday 25PontefractYouth market, Face painter and balloon modeller, circus workshop
Saturday 25Castleford Youth Market, Rapide Brothers - Circus element
Saturday 25WakefieldCraft stalls, Youth market, owl display
Saturday 25South ElmsallYouth Market, Fun day – children's games, Pirate gold digging interactive activity
Tuesday 28 OssettArts and craft workshop
Tuesday 28South ElmsallHealthy eating team – recipe demonstration, Clowns walkabout
Wednesday 29PontefractRapide Brothers clowns, Healthy eating team – recipe demonstration, Sand art
Thursday 30Castleford Craft stalls outdoor, arts and craft workshop indoors
Thursday 30Wakefield Healthy eating team – recipe demonstration
Friday 31 Pontefract Fair ground ride - Teacups ride
Friday 31Castleford Rapide Brothers clowns, Face painting, sandart
Friday 31WakefieldPirate gold digging interactive activity
Friday 31OssettFace painter and Balloon modeller
Friday 31South ElmsallFace painter