Night market set to light up Banbury

A special night market will light up Banbury's town centre on Friday, September 18.  ENGNNL00120130624101504
A special night market will light up Banbury's town centre on Friday, September 18. ENGNNL00120130624101504

Banbury town centre will be transformed into a bustling hive of entertainment, street food and artisan stalls with the arrival of a special night market.

On Friday, September 18 businesses in and around the Market Place will join market traders in promoting an evening of shopping, shows and snacks.

The event has been organised by the town team co-ordinators in conjunction with the market operator Sketts, and supported by numerous partners including Cherwell District Council, Banbury Presents and the Visit Banbury initiative.

Councillor Norman Bolster, Cherwell’s lead member for estates and economy, said: “This is a joint effort by numerous organisations that have come together to promote Banbury town centre and increase footfall. Together we want to offer people another reason to come into town by creating an evening of entertainment that will complement the existing late night traders and invite people to enjoy a bustling night out.

“Whether people want to browse the artisan and crafts stalls for gifts, feed their appetite with street food or enjoy a drink with friends, there is something for everyone. What’s more there will be a host of performances ranging from magic and illusions to contortion or fire displays which will wow the crowds throughout the evening.”

The market will be based in Market Place from 6pm with a range of artisan, craft and speciality stalls to entice shoppers looking to treat themselves or others to an individual gift. These will be accompanied by street food, hot drinks, cocktails and a beer tent.

Those looking to make their own entertainment can play chess and other games or head off on a walking tour. Alternatively, crowds can take advantage of the special seating area and admire various performances ranging from fire performances, magic and illusion to live music, costumed acts and shadows and silhouettes.

The market will run from 6pm until 11pm on Friday, 18 September and is open to people of all ages.

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