5 market towns in East Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 November 2016

Beverley Market Cross by John Holtby

Beverley Market Cross by John Holtby

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East Yorkshire has always been trading hub and the formation of market towns in this area were formed on the back of the large trade of the coastal settlements and the large agricultural industry in the area.

Saturday Market is a bustling part of BeverleySaturday Market is a bustling part of Beverley

Beverley

WHERE IS IT?

Beverley is the county town of East Riding and is eight miles north of the city of Hull.

WHY WE LOVE IT

The stunning market town of Beverley is a popular tourist destination within Yorkshire as its pretty cobbled streets and courtyards showcase the towns historical past. You can delve into Beverley’s past by embarking on one of the medieval town trails from North Bar to Beverley Beck, discovering the trails thirty nine unique sculptures and the town’s wealthy working history. Beverley is also full of stunning architecture including Beverley Minister, which is regarded as one of Europe’s finest gothic churches and is a major tourist attraction. Today, the town also hosts a range of food and music festivals throughout the year including the Beverley Folk Festival, Early Music Festival and the annual Beverley Food Festival. Beverley’s town centre is a lively area as the streets are lined with cosmopolitan retailers, café’s and fine dining restaurants.

MARKET DAYS

Saturday, situated in Beverley town centre.

Driffield Market by Neil HolmesDriffield Market by Neil Holmes

Driffield

WHERE IS IT?

Driffield is often referred to as the Capital of the Wolds and in 12 miles away from Bridlington.

WHY WE LOVE IT

The thriving market town of Driffield still holds onto its rural character and is a popular tourist destination rich in culture, history and stunning sights. Focal points of Driffield are the 110ft All Saints Tower which has a five hundred years old history and the Driffield canal. These striking attractions remain popular tourist spots and put Driffield firmly on the map. Nearby to Driffield is Sledmere House which provides a wonderful venue for a relaxing afternoon of browsing the stunning gardens, architecture and antiques. The town also hosts the annual Driffield Show, which is the largest agricultural show in Britain, attracting hundreds of visitors each year.

MARKET DAYS

Thursday and Saturday, with a special farmers market held on the first Saturday of every month.

Howden Minster by Sally JohnstonHowden Minster by Sally Johnston

Howden

WHERE IS IT?

Howden sits at the edge of East Riding and is just three miles away from Goole. The M62 runs by the southern side of the town which makes it easily accessible from east and west.

WHY WE LOVE IT

Howden’s Georgian town centre is packed full of cobbled streets and beautiful restored buildings. Along Howden’s Georgian’s streets are plenty of quant shops, charming tearooms and eateries. Howden Minister is the town’s main stunning attraction as the Grade I listed Church of England can date back to the eighth century and is one of the largest in Eat Yorkshire. On the outskirts of Howden is the Howden Moors which is a nature reservoir perfect for peaceful walks and wildlife spotting. For a family day out with a difference, book onto one of Howden’s Murder Mystery Treasure trails which combines history and fun.

MARKET DAYS

Friday, held at Shire Hall.

Market Weighton by Joan RussellMarket Weighton by Joan Russell

Market Weighton

WHERE IS IT?

Market Weighton is in the centre of the Yorkshire Wolds and lies between Hull and York.

WHY WE LOVE IT

Market Weighton is a pretty market town with a picturesque duck pond and Georgian and Victorian streets and is even the birthplace of William Bradley, Britain’s tallest recorded man. Today Market Weighton was once the location of Britain’s largest sheep market, but recent times it has become a popular spot for those looking to explore the Yorkshire Wolds. The town has an eclectic history and character which you will discover whilst walking around the picture postcard centre and the beautiful Norman, Georgian and Victorian buildings. If you are a keen rambler or cycler, then Market Weighton has plenty of trails to explore and stunning Yorkshire scenery.

MARKET DAYS

Ironically, for a town named for its market, Market Weighton no longer has a regular weekly market day. There was a brief return in 2015, but there are no plans for a permanent arrangement at present.

Pocklington Market by Keith LaverackPocklington Market by Keith Laverack

Pocklington

WHERE IS IT?

Pocklington is situated just 15 miles east of the city of York,

WHY WE LOVE IT

Pocklington is a lively market town full of quirky eateries, shops and places to stay, all surrounded by the picturesque Yorkshire countryside. One of Pocklington’s main tourist attractions is Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum, which was originally the estate of adventurer Major Percy Stewart. The garden has two striking lakes, nine acres of stunning and Europe’s largest collection of Hardy Water lilies to admire. Wildlife enthusiasts can explore the Robert Fuller Gallery, showcasing the incredibly detailed paintings and sculptures from talented wildlife artist Robert E Fuller, as well as hosting wildlife events all year round. Pocklington is a popular destination for ramblers as many of Yorkshire’s most scenic walks lead through the market town.

MARKET DAYS

Every Tuesday in the centre of Pocklington on Market Street.

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