Festival of fun at market relaunch

Owners of Qwerky Clocks Maxine Lloyd and Tone Ashfield NNL-150524-103133009
Owners of Qwerky Clocks Maxine Lloyd and Tone Ashfield NNL-150524-103133009

There was plenty of fun for all the family to be had as Banbury Market relaunched with a new look on Saturday, May 23 as part of a national campaign.

Sharp-eyed shoppers had the chance to browse the newly redecorated stalls to the sound of live jazz and a one man band while community groups, charities and entrepreneurs also benefited with the chance to raise valuable funds by taking on free stalls available on the day. The event also offered market goers the chance to see a balloon artist and a caricaturist.

Shopper Phillis Beasley looking for some garden plants NNL-150524-103322009

Shopper Phillis Beasley looking for some garden plants NNL-150524-103322009

The market relaunch was part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign, which ran until May 27 and encouraged shoppers to support local market traders like Maxine Lloyd and Tone Ashfield, who run Qwerky Clocks (pictured).

Banbury’s Market moved to the pedestrianised area of the historic Market Place earlier this year, a controversial change which freed up much-needed parking for shoppers and stall holders.

The market is currently managed by Sketts Events. It runs every Thursday and Saturday at Banbury Market Place from 9am to 4.30pm.

Banbury District Sea Cadets charity stall manned by Addison Staite-Loveridge, Chair of BDSC Susan Davis, PO Clive Labram and Lovinia Bryer NNL-150524-103252009

Banbury District Sea Cadets charity stall manned by Addison Staite-Loveridge, Chair of BDSC Susan Davis, PO Clive Labram and Lovinia Bryer NNL-150524-103252009

Pictured, Oxford Jazz Collective double bass player Esther Ng NNL-150524-103217009

Pictured, Oxford Jazz Collective double bass player Esther Ng NNL-150524-103217009

Richard White serving on the fruit stall NNL-150524-103155009

Richard White serving on the fruit stall NNL-150524-103155009

Artist Merlin Porter painting caricatures of Lisa and Nakita Monteiro NNL-150524-103107009

Artist Merlin Porter painting caricatures of Lisa and Nakita Monteiro NNL-150524-103107009

Mason and Rhys Budd and Evelyn Ellis-Hillman dancing as the Oxford Caledonian Pipe and Drums play NNL-150524-103052009

Mason and Rhys Budd and Evelyn Ellis-Hillman dancing as the Oxford Caledonian Pipe and Drums play NNL-150524-103052009

The Oxford Caledonian Pipe and Drums play NNL-150524-102956009

The Oxford Caledonian Pipe and Drums play NNL-150524-102956009