31 Oct Ashton under Lyne Market
Britain’s Favourite Market
Ashton’s historic market is one of the busiest and most popular indoor
and outdoor markets in the North West. A delightful market, it is a must
for groups, coach parties and day trippers, receiving the 2014 accolade of being named one of the top four destinations in the UK as a ‘Coach Friendly Shopper Destination’ in the National Coach Tourism Awards.
Open six days a week the indoor market has achieved a 97.5% occupancy rate over the last three years, boasting an amazing range of quality goods
and food, as well as a Communal seating area with free Wi-Fi. Recycling initiatives have resulted in the market winning the prestigious title of the ‘UK’s Greenest Market’ in the NMTF ‘How Green is your Market?’ awards for three consecutive years from 2013.
2015 will see a £4.5 million redevelopment of Ashton’s outdoor market area, creating a new vibrant market and civic space for residents, shoppers, visitors, market traders and businesses.
WHAT MAKES THIS MARKET GREAT
Ashton market truly is the central hub of its Town Centre. Fantastic as a shopping destination it offers so much more to its visitors, providing a meeting place for members of the local community who remain fiercely proud of the markets heritage and reputation.
The operator works closely with a number of community groups and partners and utilises the market area as a platform, to engage with markets users, and has an established lively programme of events and activities to appeal to young people and families. The successful adoption of the Love Your Local Market campaign and the positive use of social media have had a massive impact on how the market is promoted, with a loyal following on Facebook and Twitter supporting and sharing the markets updates. As well as shoppers support, local businesses, the Town Team, and the local shopping centres really got behind the market by handing out flyers and encouraging their visitors to vote, showing how important the markets profile is to the town as a whole.