Posted on: Friday 4 February 2022
A new monthly food and craft market is coming to Pontypool.
The Artisan at The Boar Field market will feature a variety of local traders selling traditional food, beverages and handmade crafts at Pontypool lndoor Market on the first Saturday of every month.
The name celebrates the history of the indoor market, which began as a weekly outdoor market in 1846 on the site, formerly known as Blue Boar Field.
It's hoped the new monthly markets, organised by Friends of Pontypool Town and supported by Torfaen Council, will prove as popular as the indoor market's Christmas event, which featured more than 30 craft stalls, live music and children's entertainment.
Nikola Masters, Chair of Friends of Pontypool Town, said “After the success of the Christmas event we are so excited to welcome people back into the centre of town to enjoy everything Pontypool has to offer, making the Saturday market event a more regular occurrence in the near future.
"Last year, together with Torfaen County Borough Council, we secured funding through the Welsh Government Transforming Town Business Fund. This event is the first of 2022 and continues the project that began with the Christmas event to bring excitement and business back into the town.
"The funding is set to rejuvenate a market town full of history that played an important role in the day to day lives of our local communities, provide greater opportunities for local businesses and create sustainable areas for people to live and work.”
Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive Member Economy, Skills and Regeneration, added: "It is great to see the history of Pontypool remembered in a way that brings traders, residents and visitors together.
"The Christmas event at Pontypool Indoor Market was a huge success and I am sure this monthly market will soon become a key date in many people’s calendars.”
The first Artisan at The Boar Field market will be held between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 12 February and is free to attend. For more information about Artisan at The Boar Field markets, visit the Friends of Pontypool Town Facebook page.