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More Wood Street Magic

30th August 2013

Wood Street, in the heart of Wakefield’s historic civic quarter,has now played host to two of three community-led Sunday markets which have brought the street back to life over the Summer and served up to the City a welcome and positive feeling of community spirit, creativity and fun.

The second market happened on Sunday 18th August and it featured more stalls, more food, more live music and more ... magic!

Buzz, buzz...

There has been a real sense of interest, involvement and anticipation on the Wood Street Market Twitter and Facebook pages. Here’s a small selection of lovely things people have had to say so far...

  • “It is absolutely appreciated as a' breath of fresh air' the city felt alive and bustling - the way it should be”
  • “Just what Wakefield needs”
  • “A lovely experience with a great atmosphere”
  • “Absolutely love the market - great vibe and totally unique”
  • “There was a 'buzz' about the entire street”
  • “I felt it was a lovely day with a great atmosphere. A really creative and positive experience”
  • “We had lots of people saying how much they liked what was happening to try to make Wakefield more pleasing to come in to at the weekends”
  • “Can’t wait for the next one”
  • “I've talked and laughed with so many people today - it's been lovely”
  • “We have had customers in today who came to the market yesterday and have been to find the shop today, so it works”
  • “Your event had soul”

Community led

Behind the scenes, a small team of ‘market makers’ from local businesses have been smoothing the way, speaking to local people, encouraging creative thinking and setting up the event days. It has been a pleasure to see how the market has evolved and grown from a handful of ideas into a series of events with a tangible feel good factor.

The Wakefield community has wanted to get involved right from Day One whether that be the stallholders and community groups participating in the event and giving it a unique, quirky DIY feel or local people who have simply wanted to come along for a nice afternoon out.

Wood Street has played host at the August market to interactive community spaces with Wakefield Cathedral and the Ossett Observer creative swapshop, a popup art gallery, a popup boutique, a one-day portrait studio and around 50 stalls selling all manner of unique wares and fresh food created by local cafes and restaurants. All pretty special and original stuff!

Thank YOU Wakefield ...

The buzzy atmosphere has been created by people coming together in one place to make it happen.

To the swappers, the pop-ups, the musicians and the magicians,

To the photo takers pro and am,

To the cats on wheels and the happy flash mobs.

To the artists, poets, illustrators and crafters,

To the makers and bakers and video-takers,

To the creators of good food.

To the shopkeepers and stallholders,

To folks doing nice stuff in Wakefield ...

... thanks for doing your thing.

To the people of Wakefield, the kids and the grown-ups ...

... thanks for coming along.

Slow down. Look up Wakefield. You are a fab little City.


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