Minister for local growth launches new festival on Briggate

A new festival celebrating everything to do with Leeds will be launching this weekend to coincide with Small Business Saturday.

Winter WonderLeeds- Briggate Spectacular, organised by Leeds City Council, launches this Saturday 7 December and the Minister for Local Growth, Kris Hopkins MP will be opening the event.

The festival is also a key event in the first national Love Your Local Market Christmas campaign, which is designed to encourage people to use their local markets and make the most of the variety of affordable, fresh, innovative local goods on their doorstep through markets. It is also part of the celebrations to show support for small businesses, including market traders, and the key role they play as part of a city’s retail and community offer.

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All media are invited to the opening of the Winter WonderLeeds- Briggate Spectacular which will be attended by the Department for Communities and Local Government’s minister for local growth, Kris Hopkins MP, with a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the festival at 1pm on Saturday 7 December.

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Hosted on Briggate the event launches a 17 day festival which will open 7 days a week and will consist of a large marquee with 20 trading stalls, with a mix of around 80 traders changing daily, and an event space which will showcase the cream of Yorkshire entertainment for shoppers in the busy city centre.

On Sundays the very popular Festive Farmers and Crafts Market returns with around 50 stalls alongside the marquee, and on 16th & 17th nationally renowned Judy’s Vintage Fair takes over the marquee.

The opening day will be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds whose visit will include a speech on small businesses and their contribution to Leeds, as well as a presentation to three small independent businesses, to showcase their success stories. Guests will also enjoy performances from a school choir and local dance troupe.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy said:

“The 17-day festival is a great platform for all the independent businesses taking part to showcase what they have on offer to the tens of thousands of Christmas Shoppers who visit Briggate each day during the festive period.

“The combination of both a daily market and event space will offer something to visitors at a variety of times of the day and into the early evening so as to target a range of different audiences.”

The festival is part of Leeds City Council’s Winter WonderLeeds Christmas campaign which covers a whole host of festive events across the city including a number of other Christmas markets including – the German Christkindlmarkt on Millennium Square, Made in Yorkshire’s Christmas Festival Fayre on Victoria Gardens, and Christmas in Kirkgate Market and local markets in Leeds.

For more information about the event visit http://www.leedsmarkets.co.uk/winter-wonderleeds-briggate-spectacular

Yorkshire Bank is the business banking sponsor for the festival as well as sponsors of the Leeds event for Small Business Saturday UK on the day.

Notes to editors:

The Briggate Spectacular will be open from Friday 6 December through to 22 December

Mon to Wednesday 10am – 5pm

Thursday – 10am – 9pm

Friday and Saturday – 10am to 7pm

Sunday 10am – 4:30pm


For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk