Market to breathe new life into city centre street

Picture of traders and a big promo board to promote Wood Street Market.

Picture of traders and a big promo board to promote Wood Street Market.

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A city centre street is set to host a series of eclectic community markets in a festival of food, music and the arts.

Wood Street Market has been launched to rejuvenate the area after businesses moved out and left shop units empty.

The street will be closed to traffic on Sundays, July 21, August 18 and September 15 as stallholders arrive to sell food, crafts and other products.

Wood street-based Architecture 1B, Woodhead Investments, Unique Wakefield and Wakefield Civic Society teamed up to launch the project, with support from Wakefield Council.

Architecture 1B’s Darren Bailey said: “We want to put a positive feeling back into the city centre and also raise awareness of Wood Street for potential future tenants.

“It’s a real community effort.”

Mr Bailey said there would be live music performances, magicians and children’s entertainers at the markets.

Cooking demonstrations from nearby Iris restaurant and bread-making classes from the Yorkshire School of Baking will also be held at the markets, which will run from 10am-2pm.

Stallholders who would like to trade at the market can e-mail Mr Bailey at darren@architecture1b.com