Retailers and small businesses in the Covent Garden Quarter of Leamington Spa are busily preparing stalls and entertainment this summer.
Their hope is to entice visitors and shoppers to relive the bygone years, when this part of town was as famous locally as its London name-sake for its bustling weekly markets.
Over the past few months Warwick District Council’s Events Team has been working with the owners of Hush and Thrills of the Emporium on Warwick Street to bring together independent shops, craft outlets and cafes onto the street for two Sunday markets which will be taking place on 28th July and 4th August from 10am to 4pm.
This Sunday’s event (28th July) will be an Eco Market focusing on sustainable, recyclable and plastic free goods and food items and live music.
On the following Sunday (4th August) an Arts and Craft market has been planned with a range of handmade products, produce and gifts.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business & Environment, Councillor Alan Rhead commented;
“There is no denying that these are challenging times for our retailers, particularly in parts of town such as the Covent Garden Quarter which are slightly away from the main shopping area of the Parade. I very much hope that local people and those visiting the town for Art in the Park and other events will come along to support their local businesses and see the individual delights the shops in this quarter have to offer from bespoke clothing, unusual gift ideas and a variety of food options.”