Love Your Local Market in Louth and Mablethorpe

Support Louth and Mablethorpe markets during Love Your Local Market fortnight, running from May 15 to 29.

In celebration of all that is good about markets, local people and visitors will be sure of a great day out at the markets.

Coun Craig Leyland, ELDC Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, including Markets, said: “In recent weeks occupancy at out council-run markets has been up meaning we are seeing increasing choice and variety. Schemes such as First Pitch, in which we are supporting young entrepreneurs, also ensure a new blood is flowing through the veins of our markets.

“Two new traders on Louth Market will benefit from free pitches during the fortnight as part of this scheme. We are also actively supporting Young Enterprise groups to trade at weekend markets, and musicians from local schools who have been given the opportunity to busk at the markets – something that proved particularly successful at Horncastle recent Farmers’ Market.

“Markets are at the heart of our market towns and, quite rightly, should be celebrated for all they offer and recognised for the part they play in the local economy, not only by encouraging people to shop locally and attracting visitors from further afield, but also showcasing local produce and supporting new and small enterprises, creating job opportunities for local people.”

During Love Your Local Market fortnight, as well as the regular market stalls, there will be a healthy cooking demonstration using produce donated by traders and health checks on May 22 in Louth where visitors can also learn more about the services of the district council’s health team and leisure centres.

Markets Manager Esther Belton added: “During the two weeks we hope to showcase our markets at their best, and also show people how they can live a healthier lifestyle by making use of the fresh and tasty produce which can be found at our local markets as well as the leisure opportunities across the district, from a walk in our local Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to more structured support at our leisure centres.”

And, at markets during the week May 20-23 traders in Louth are being invited to decorate their stalls with a heart theme – to tie in with Love Your Local Market Fortnight.

Markets days in Louth are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Louth Farmers’ Market takes place on the fourth Wednesday of the month.