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Keswick Market is best in the UK

30 January 2015

Keswick Market was voted best in the UK at a prestigious industry awards ceremony yesterday. [Thurs 29 January 2015]

Managed by Allerdale Borough Council, it won the Best Large Outdoor Market category at the Great British Market Awards, where the judges praised the twice-weekly event for being a vital part of the community and town centre, and a tourist attraction in its own right.

Joe Broomfield, Allerdale Borough Council’s Town Centre Manager for Keswick, collected the prize from former Coronation Street actor Sean Wilson, who is now an award-winning cheesemaker.

Councillor Mark Fryer, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Growth, said: “This is great news for Keswick and the market traders - this award is well deserved. Markets have played a huge part in town life for generations and still have an important role today. Not only do they draw locals and visitors alike into the town centres to benefit the local economy, they also provide a livelihood for so many small businesses from across the county.

“At Keswick Market, 75% of the traders are Cumbrian-based with many coming from Keswick itself and a lot of effort has gone into ensuring there’s a mix of core market staples, as well as more unusual products. They’re selling everything from cheese, vegetables and 50 types of honey to local slate signs and even wooden sculptures created with a chainsaw.

 “There’s such a buzz in the town on market days – and that’s something we aspire to at all our markets across Allerdale.”

John Connolly, Contracts and Business Development Manager for Geraud, which runs the borough’s markets on behalf of Allerdale Borough Council, said: “Keswick has a market that has the flavour of being a local attraction with a national or even international draw. This award is a fitting tribute to those hard working and dedicated traders who ply their trade week in and week out offering quality products at reasonable prices.

“The ingredients that make up a successful market are all there with Keswick - quality traders, a responsible and supportive council, professional operator, incredible customers and last but not least a dedicated hard working market manager. This is an award long overdue."


  1. The Great British Market Awards are organised by National Association of British Market Authorities.
  2. Keswick Market is held every Thursday and Saturday in the pedestrianised area around the Moot Hall.
  3. Allerdale Borough Council also has markets in Cockermouth, Silloth & Workington.
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