Aylesbury took part in the national ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign, which ran from May 17-31.
Foodie Friday Live provided tasters and cooking demonstrations and launched a fortnight of different market activities. These included performances by vintage vocal harmony trio The Bluebird Belles and The Mk Swing Dancers, who got people up and dancing.
Famous antique valuer John Bly was at the Vintage & Craft Bazaar, offering free valuations of personal items. The market also welcomed back Fifi la Mer, who entertained visitors with her accordion.
The Ellesborough Silver Band returned to entertain the market on a beautiful sunny day. There was also an opportunity for children to play some giant games that filled Market Square including Jenga, Snakes and Ladders and Connect 4.
One visitor who brought items for John Bly to value said: ‘I enjoyed all that Mr Bly told me about my items and found it really interesting.’
John Bly said: ‘The atmosphere is magic on the market and the people are lovely.’
Winslow Wednesday Market also took part in this year’s celebrations, which included a face painter and giveaways of fridge magnet notelets.
Aylesbury Town Centre and Regeneration Manager Diana Fawcett, said: ‘We’re delighted to energise the market by bringing in a variety of different activities that can be enjoyed by all generations. And we’ve received some fantastic feedback from the public and traders about the ambience the activities created in the market.
‘We’ve worked closely with the traders during this time, and we’re especially pleased that the market has been awarded fur-free status during this campaign.’
More information on Aylesbury and Winslow markets can be found at https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/section/markets