SHAMBLES Market is set to become a 'destination magnet' after plans were unveiled to give the area a makeover.

Make It York and First Bus York have partnered up in a bid to attract more visitors to the market by supporting the unique mix of local independent businesses and produce that York can offer - including crafts, clothing and gift ideas.

The partnership aims to create a more modern look for the market, and pop up events to promote the local vendors.

Ashley Young, senior marketing and communications manager at Make It York, said: “Shambles Market is home to so many incredibly creative and talented businesses - from long established traders who have been on the market for decades to young entrepreneurs who are just starting out.

“Our ambition is to work alongside our traders and First Bus York to grow and develop Shambles Market into one of the most celebrated markets in the country and enhance its reputation as a destination in its own right.”

The partners have been working on colourful signage for the market to highlight the importance of shopping local.

John Godfrey, head of marketing at First Bus York, said: “We’re here to connect customers to great experiences on the streets of York and Shambles Market will become a destination magnet to draw in visitors to discover a special atmosphere for shopping and relaxing that entices them into the heart of the city.”

Pop up events have already started, such as a new ‘Vintage Market’ first staged in late August, which showcased York’s vintage traders and their range of retro, antique, and quirky products.

A ‘Night Market’, which took place on September 17, offered visitors an evening of independent traders with street food, drinks and entertainment.

First Bus York has also supported the Young Market Trader competition this summer, which led to Millie Thomas, 20, owner of ‘Sweet Treats by Mil’, receiving a free pitch on the market for a year, and going on to compete in the regional finals of the National Young Market Trader competition.

Kevin Tuohy, chair of York Market Traders' Forum and owner of Bags of Style, said: “The Shambles Market traders welcome the time and support that First Bus have put into promoting the market so excellently.

“Working together we hope that the market will continue to grow in stature and become an integral part of any York experience for both tourists and locals alike."

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