Wood Street to host Christmas market on Saturday

Amy Lilley, left, and Lucy Norton who are helping to organise an alternative Christmas Market on Wood Street, Wakefield on December 5, Picture: Nick Singleton
Amy Lilley, left, and Lucy Norton who are helping to organise an alternative Christmas Market on Wood Street, Wakefield on December 5, Picture: Nick Singleton

A pop-up Christmas market will spring up in Wood Street tomorrow (Saturday, December 5).

FESTIV_ALT will take over four empty shops and be a showcase for art and music.

It’s pitched as a festive market with a twist for shoppers looking for something a little different in the way of gifts, art and entertainment.

The free event feature artwork, music and stalls from noon until 5pm and live music from 3pm to 8pm.

It will feature a programme of live performances from up-and-coming local artists including Wakefield’s own Lewis Armitage, Loz Campbell, Jack Winn and The Ainsley Band.

There will be a large number of artists selling and exhibiting their work from illustrations to hand screen prints, woven cushions to sculptures.

The event will be packed with market stalls selling unique and original Christmas gifts made by young artists, makers, entrepreneurs and craftspeople, who have been offered the space free of charge as a platform for their businesses and talents.

FESTIV_ALTis being presented by arts groups somewhereto_ and WE ARE.

Lucy Norton, one of the West Yorkshire co-ordinators for somewhereto_, said: “Swap commercialism for community this Christmas and have a great day out while supporting local entrepreneurs and craftspeople as part of UK-wide campaign Small Business Saturday

“FESTIV_ALT is running in several venues across the UK, with sister events happening in Birmingham, Brighton, London and Nottingham.”

Somewhereto_ is a UK wide programme which unlocks free space for 16 to 25-year-old creatives and entrepreneurs. The initiative is funded by a £7 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

For more information and to keep up to date with the programme, see www.somewhereto.com and scroll down to news and success stories for #Festiv_Alt: Wakefield.

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