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Tinsel Tuesdays set to add extra sparkle to Ludlow's Christmas build-up

Tinsel Tuesday Christmas gift markets are coming back to Ludlow for the 10th year.

George Evans, of Shropshire Macaron, and Liz Bowden, of Liz Bowden Beads
George Evans, of Shropshire Macaron, and Liz Bowden, of Liz Bowden Beads

Local makers are set to complete a fantastic line-up at the markets on the three Tuesdays before Christmas, on December 6, 13 and 20.

The markets are now in their tenth year and have grown from strength to strength, as a favourite Christmas gift shopping destination for locals and visitors alike.

The uniqueness of the markets is due to restricting them to local craft, art and artisan producers, with everyone that trades at the market being the maker of the product they are selling.

The original idea for Tinsel Tuesdays came about to help boost trade in shops on a day when there usually isn’t a market on.

Tish Dockerty, member of Ludlow Chamber said: "Most shopkeepers do make a point of saying that the Tuesdays are busier when there is such a great market on. We try and make it as festive as possible, with live music, hot food and garland lights around the stalls."

Vikki Otterwell, who chairs the chamber, added: "We’re all behind this initiative. It’s the town’s chance to make an additional Christmas shopping offer. We hope to attract many extra customers to help boost trade for our many excellent independent shops, all of which offer something different."

This year there will be no free parking in any of the local car parks. The organisers, Ludlow Chamber of Commerce, recommend the cheap park and ride scheme from the eco park off the A49.

In addition to Tinsel Tuesdays, and new for this year, Ludlow Chamber of Trade is also organising the Christmas Makers Market inside Ludlow Castle on Saturday, November 26, the day of the town’s Christmas light switch-on, and Ludlow Castle its their new light show extravaganza. This is part of the Ludlow Winter Weekend.

Ms Dockerty added: "This is another great opportunity for some early-bird Christmas shopping with a great selection of local makers."

The Makers Market takes place in the Beacon Room and starts at 1pm and runs into the evening, when the Castle Light Show takes place, ending at 9pm. Entry is free for the market throughout the day.

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