MORE than half of the stalls for the revamped Christmas market outside Chester Town Hall have already been snapped up.
Last year the festive market came in for some criticism from city residents and Marketing Cheshire have taken on the task of revitalising the traditional outdoor attraction.
The organisation has reported huge interest from independent businesses across the region since plans were unveiled in the summer.
Market organiser Anna Roberts, who works for Marketing Cheshire, said: “We have received a lot of enquiries from a great variety of small, independent companies wanting to take part in the new Christmas market, which we have just extended by another week.
“The adjudication panel who vet all the applications for stalls for choice, quality, value and customer appeal have just approved the first allocation of spaces.
“We will be assigning the remaining stalls shortly and the deadline for submitting applications is August 31 but anyone interested in securing a space will need to be quick off the mark to make sure they don’t miss out.
“We’re looking for businesses that specialise in arts and crafts, jewellery, accessories, confectionery, toys and local food and drink as well as unusual gift ideas.
“Local businesses will be given priority in the allocation of stalls.”
Among the first businesses to be allocated spaces are the Cheshire Cheese Company, Flitty Bird and Winbridge Crafts.
Simon Spurrell, of the Cheshire Cheese Company, said: “As the current cheese rolling champions of Chester we are really looking forward to bringing our unique range of amazing ‘cheese that makes you grin’ to Cestrians and visitors to the Christmas market.”
The new-look festive market will take place from November 21 until December 22, a week longer than originally planned because stallholders wanted to be in the city in the build-up to Christmas.
It will feature 40 traditional wooden chalets in the Town Hall Square offering various products.