"The Kingston food market is very much here to stay! Kingston’s ancient market has been serving the town for hundreds of years and has continually evolved throughout that time. For 2018, Kingston First is looking at ways on how we can continue to animate the area, alongside the existing permanent food traders, to create the best attraction for the local community and also draw in visitors from the surrounding areas to boost the local trade of the town’s restaurants, shops and cultural venues.
We are now working on the 2018 market ideas. We’ve let all traders know that we’re considering all ideas for 2018 to scope out how we use the civic and community space in front of the Market House in a more varied way. We look forward to continuing to work alongside the fantastic food traders that will continue to trade from the permanent pitches in the Ancient Market Place from 2018 - many have been in Kingston for generations. We will also work with the variety of community groups that regularly use the space throughout the year. 2018 will also include the Kingston Christmas Market which is successfully evolving and bringing thousands of people to the town to enjoy the town’s festivities, and its wonderful shopping and dining offer. Whilst we consider our wider plans, we have let the pop up food traders know that we are unable to guarantee at this stage that the open space will be available only for food trading.
We want to put the best ideas and thinking into the future events plan for the town’s historic market and are inviting the local community to let us know their ideas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Together with town centre businesses, we will provide a £250 Kingston Upon Thames experience for the best big idea - just let us know your idea by 21 February 2018. We’ve already had some great ideas come in so far showing how our local community would like to see the market used."
Chief Executive, Kingston First