Wakefield’s vibrant outdoor market is preparing for a major change as the city centre undergoes a remarkable transformation. Starting on Thursday, June 29, the market will relocate from its current spot in the Cathedral precinct to Teall Way, effectively establishing a retail connection between the city’s two primary and busiest shopping areas.
Councillor Michael Graham, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, expressed his enthusiasm for the move, stating, “This gives Wakefield market a permanent home, on a well-established route in the city, and, as this was the preferred location for traders, we’re really pleased the move is underway.”
The new location offers ample space to accommodate all existing traders, eliminating the need for them to relocate during city centre events. Additionally, plans are in place to design new stall covers and branding, aimed at enhancing the market’s overall appearance and ambience. The objective is to not only improve the experience for current traders and shoppers but also entice new and exciting independent traders and customers to explore Wakefield market.
This relocation marks the beginning of a series of developments in the Cathedral precinct. The vacated space will soon undergo a transformation, evolving into a versatile entertainment area featuring seating, lighting, and the addition of trees. The intention is for this area to host open-air events, festivals, and various family entertainment offerings.
The city centre’s ongoing evolution is driven by a desire to adapt to changing consumer demands and business trends. The comprehensive plans encompass residential growth, enhanced retail offerings, cultural developments, and improved entertainment services. These initiatives aim to invigorate the local economy and establish Wakefield as a more vibrant and appealing destination.
Councillor Graham emphasised, “We know that times are tough for many of our traders, and we hope this move will help boost their business, attract new traders, and, in turn, benefit the local economy. Our regeneration plans for the city will make a real difference to residents, visitors, and businesses, giving everyone more reasons to be here in our city.”
For further details regarding the Wakefield market relocation, please visit the Wakefield Council’s official website at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/regeneration/wakefield-city/. To explore more about local markets, including Wakefield’s offerings, please visit https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/markets/.