Wool Fair a huge success for Darlington Market

First published: Tuesday 03 Mar 2020

This weekend, Darlington Market welcomed specialist traders from across the UK to it’s first-ever Wool Fair. Darlington Market operators, Market Asset Management, supported by Darlington for Culture and the Council, curated the successful event, attracting crowds from the North East, who ‘flocked’ to the market hall to visit. 

Event Manager, Alex Nicholson explains “We are really pleased with the response received from traders and shoppers alike for putting on this new event. It is fantastic to offer people from creative industries, a platform to showcase and sell their designs.”

Creative makers and traders filled the market hall with their textile creations ranging from knitwear and accessories to spinning wheels and looms. 

Visitors could enjoy learning new skills such as spinning and weaving with Becky Sunter from Tabby Textiles. At the same time, many people created natural tapestry rugs with Jane Riley of Rookwood & Hoot, using natural fleeces to showcase the textures and colours of various sheep breeds. 

Customers had travelled to the event from across the region including Newcastle, York and across the Tees Valley. 

Hayden Ferriby, Director of Market Asset Management, said “Reviving, and growing markets is a fundamental aim of our business. Offering new and exciting market events offers both new and existing customers a wonderful experience and yet another reason to come and enjoy our market halls. We are always looking to develop and try new ideas for our visitors.”

The market was busy throughout the day and brought lots of new visitors into Darlington centre. The indoor market traders enjoyed welcoming these new customers into the market hall. 

Market Asset Management has added lots of new events to the calendar, which are all listed on their Facebook page and website, including the award-winning Pease Pudding Night Market and award-winning Darlington Food and Drink Festival. 

If you would be interested in being part of the event, email Alex at: events@darlingtonmarket.co.uk

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