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Free Christmas market to be held at Ripley Castle this weekend

A free Christmas market featuring dozens of speciality artisan producers and makers will be hosted at Ripley Castle this weekend.

Free Christmas market to be held at Ripley Castle this weekend

A free Christmas market featuring dozens of speciality artisan producers and makers will be hosted at Ripley Castle this weekend.

Real Markets is hosting the special festive market in the Castle Courtyard on Sunday (10th December).

The Ripley Market currently runs throughout the year with a monthly market on the last Sunday of each month.

As well as dozens of stalls, the Ripley Christmas Market will feature a special visitor from the North Pole.

Father Christmas will be there to meet children from 10-11.15am.

The market will also feature festive carols from local school children, children’s craft activities and plenty of festive fodder.

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Visitors can make a day of it and enjoy a walk in the beautiful setting, with free access to Ripley Castle's grounds and gardens on market day. Dogs on leads are welcome too.

High-quality gifts, handmade crafts, and edible treats are on offer. The event will also showcase an array of 40 independent and artisan traders, offering visitors a unique shopping experience.

Festive goods include cakes and bakes from Harrogate’s Baltzersen’s, Skipton’s Andrea's Heavenly Cheesecake, The Sawley Kitchen, and the Belle Vue Bakery in Leeds, as well as the multi-award-winning bakery, Bree’Osh.

Lucy Allen, director of Real Markets, said:

“We’re very excited to bring a specially curated local market to the magical setting of Ripley.

"It offers a fantastic day out for all ages, thanks to the historic, rural setting.

"We hope it brings some real, traditional Christmas magic to visitors.”

Real Markets run a number of long-standing Yorkshire markets, including monthly markets and farmers’ markets in Ilkley, Grassington, Otley and Harrogate.

Ripley is their newest market. Its ethos is to support local, small, specialist and independent businesses to benefit the local community and help local producers thrive.

The Real Markets festive market at Ripley Castle will take place from 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

To find out more, and check the latest market dates and more, go to: realmarkets.co.uk

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