Continental market on its way back to Durham

DINNER TIME: A stall holder dishes up to a customer at a previous market held in Durham.
DINNER TIME: A stall holder dishes up to a customer at a previous market held in Durham.
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THE scents of overseas markets will fill a city centre as it welcomes traders from around the world.

Durham will host a continental market across four days, starting from Friday.

Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets

The continental market is always hugely popular in Durham.

The organisers say the Spring into Summer extravaganza will transform the Market Place with the smells of goods more often experienced overseas.

Some of the international treats available will include Baklava and authentic Turkish Delight, Spanish saucisson, French cheese, and freshly made paella.

As well as shopping for food, visitors will be able to browse stalls selling handcrafted silver jewellery, hemp clothes and bags, leather-bound books and garden furniture.

Friday will also see children’s entertainment laid on by Melissa Lane of Kallikids.

Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets, said: “The continental market is always hugely popular in Durham.

“As well as enjoying the Spring into Summer market, and picking up something they might not usually find, we hope that, while in Durham, shoppers will also make the most of the many independent retailers, both in the Market Hall and around the city centre.”

The market will be open to shoppers from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

The company also hosts Durham City Farmers’ Market in the Market Place on the third Thursday of the month from 9am.

It will also host a youth market and sale for new comers on Sunday, May 17, which is open to entrepreneurial retailers aged from 16 to 23, and a vintage and general market, which will feature antiques, vintage goods, shabby chic, alongside a general market with clothing, gifts, homewares, general supplies, food and drink and themed entertainment on Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25.

More details can be found via www.durhammarkets.co.uk.