From tasting yummy delights to rummaging for bargains, there’s nothing like a good market.
Who doesn’t love a market? You can browse the stalls, picking up everything from fresh produce to artisan chutneys, hand-painted pottery and pre-loved treasures. But where should you go and what can you expect? We’ve got the lowdown on the best markets in Yorkshire, so you can get a little retail therapy and support small, local traders in the process.
Malton Monthly Food Market
On the second Saturday of the month, a community of food lovers unite in the village of Malton. There’s everything from street food vans and locally produced goodies to live music. Wander the stalls, taking in the freshly baked loaves, the rainbow colours of the fruit & veg, the quality meat and the sweet treats to see if something piques your interest. Here, you can chat to the stall holders, discovering their passion and how they make their produce, or simply sup a cup of locally roasted coffee as you browse. Either way, it’s a lovely way to while away a morning.
Malton Monthly Food Market runs from 9am to 3pm on the second Saturday of the month in and around Malton’s Market Square.
Little Bird Artisan Markets
Little Bird Artisan Markets have no fixed abode. Instead, their markets travel around Yorkshire, with regular dates in lovely settings. They showcase local artists, indie makers and small batch creators with a focus on quality and diversity. You can discover people making everything from honey wax melts, nature-inspired art and hand-carved signs to pet accessories, organic skincare and metal artwork for your garden. They have food, drink and booze on offer too, all made by the talented artisans themselves, so you can make a real day of it.
Little Bird Artisan Markets run most weekends at locations across Yorkshire.
Leeds Kirkgate Vegan Market
A Yorkshire market dedicated to vegan goodness? You read that right! For four Saturdays a year, Kirkgate Market is taken over by 40 meat, dairy and animal product free stalls. You can pick up ethical jewellery, devour artisan bakes or stock up your cupboards in a sustainable, zero waste way – they even have local artists selling their wares. Keep your eyes peels for their vegan-friendly breweries and be sure to grab a bite from the local vendors in the Market Kitchen, who will be serving special vegan friendly menus for the occasion.
Leeds Kirkgate Vegan Market runs from 10am to 4pm on four Saturdays a year at Leeds Kirkgate Market.
Skirlington Market and Car Boot Sale
Skirlington has one of Yorkshire’s best Sunday markets. It’s been around for over 30 years and it always draws a crowd. Why? Well for starters, it’s massive. There are over 200 stalls to visit, both indoors and outdoors – they even have a car boot sale! It’s perfect for bargain hunting, whether you’re looking for something to read, something to cook or something to brighten up your home. There are food and drink vans, a couple of cafes and you can even grab a roast to mull over the day’s purchases. A perfect Sunday!
Skirlington Market runs from 9am to 4pm (3pm in winter) every Sunday except in January at Skirlington Leisure Park. The car boot runs from 6am to 1pm.
Peddler Night Market
Not a morning person? One of the best street food markets in Yorkshire (some say the country), starts at 5pm and ends at 11pm. It’s the Peddler Night Market in Sheffield and it attracts a raft of incredible street food vendors. We’re talking cheese burgers piled high with delicious goodness, vegan donuts as big as your head and crispy chicken stuffed in a pillow-soft bao. But this is more than just a street food market – you can snap up art, jewellery and homeware, as well as enjoying live music and family-friendly workshops.
Peddler Night Market runs on the first Friday and Saturday of the month at Peddler Warehouse. It opens at 5pm on Fridays and 2pm on Saturdays, both run until 11pm.