Parliament Street will temporarily host York’s historical daily market every Monday throughout the summer. The market will return back to Newgate in the autumn.
This will enable maintenance work on the permanent stalls in Newgate Market. The market has 110 stalls and has been around since the Middle Ages. The market has been described as the heart and soul of the city; offering a wide variety of dried goods, fruit and vegetables as well as fresh fish and meat, it is a well loved feature of the city.
The first market to be held on Parliament Street will form part of the city’s St George’s Day celebrations on Monday 23 April. Traders will be in smart dress as well as being joined by face painters and musicians, entertaining the public in a Street decked with flags and bunting.
Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion, City of York Council said, “York’s daily market is an iconic part of the city’s retail history. The temporary move to Parliament Street every Monday throughout the summer will highlight the market’s delights to visitors, as well as enabling much needed maintenance work to be carried out on the stalls in Newgate.”
The recent demolition of the public toilets on Parliament Street, known by many as the Splash Palace, has already improved the vista of the street and the addition of a vibrant market will no doubt further the appeal of this centre piece of York’s street scene over the summer.