Pictures: First look at the new street market in Bournemouth

THIS weekend saw the arrival of the first Sunday market in Bournemouth town centre. 

The new Great Britain-styled market is open from 9am to 4pm every Sunday through the summer until the end of September.

It has been organised by Southern Market Traders, who run the weekly Monday markets in Christchurch.  

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The market runs from Beale Place through to near Office and is jam-packed full of independent retailers and street food.

Aiming to get people out and about again after the pandemic, the organisers hope it is something the community can look forward to each week.

The first market on Sunday, June 27, was a great success and full of happy shoppers and stall holders ready to soak up a bit of post-lockdown normality. 

If you missed the Facebook Live video tour of the market, you can watch it below. 

Stalls included leather belts, hats, American sweets, gifts, homeware, artisan bakeries and home-made fudge. 

The street food quarter had plenty of tables to sit and enjoy some cuisine from all over the world including, Spain and India to Thailand and Greece.

There was an absolute buzz about town with shoppers excited to mooch around all of the stalls and shopkeepers were soaking it all in too. 

Forever Fudge stall holder, Duncan Brown said: “I’ve been making fudge for the last eight years and I’ve been doing events and everything since then. 

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Forever Fudge owner Duncan Brown. 

“Now we’re trading in Bournemouth and it’s brilliant, it’s a really good experience to be back again and meeting lovely people.” 

One business owner who recently started her handbag enterprise before the latest lockdown, Kerry Howard, said: “I think it’s a really nice bustling atmosphere here and there seems to be vibrant with lots of people around – it’s really good. 

“I think the general public have been really supportive.

“Everyone seems really pleased to be out and about again and people seem to want to help local businesses as much as they can.”

Street food vendor, Alan Barnley from Sizzlin’ Sausage Co said: “It’s great to be out again, it’s really really good.

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Alan Barnley at Sizzlin’ Sausage Co.

“It’s nice to see plenty of people out and about as well, it’s got a good vibe. 

Jean Partridge from the eco gift and homeware stall (four) said: “We are usually at the Christchurch market on a Monday and it’s a lot busier than that one – I think it’s really got the potential to be quite good.”

Will you be visiting the market over the summer? Let us know in the comments.

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