Date: Saturday 20th May – Sunday 21st May
Times: From 9am – 9pm Saturday 20th
11am – 7pm Sunday 21st
Cookstown will go continental on the 20th and 21st May when the food and flavours, sights and sounds of Europe and beyond come to the town centre for a two-day market!
The continental market takes place along William Street in Cookstown town centre from Saturday 20 May (9am – 9pm) and Sunday 21 May (11am – 7pm).
Organised by Mid Ulster District Council, in partnership with Cookstown Town Centre Forum, the continental market is part of Market Place Europe’s spring tour, and will feature over 40 traders from as far afield as Morocco, India, Belgium, France, Russia, Holland, Spain and China, who will set up stalls alongside local traders from the weekly street market.
As well as mouth-watering dishes, from freshly made Paella to delicious Bratwurst Sausages, visitors to the market over the two day event will also be kept entertained with a variety of street entertainment and music.
Also new for this year’s market is the first appearance of a German beer stall offering a selection of speciality beers, wines and spirits.
While at the Continental Market you can also pop into the local shops and support your local traders at the same time.
There will be plenty of entertainment for all the family throughout the weekend including face painting and balloon modelling taking place on the Saturday from 12noon – 5pm and the Sunday from 12noon – 5pm. A caricaturist will also be present from 12noon – 5pm on the Saturday.
The Traditional Music in Schools group, supported by Mid Ulster District Council, will also delight crowds at the market on the Saturday with a very special live performance at 1pm to mark its 10th anniversary. The group is made up of 200 children from across the district, who attend traditional music lessons in various schools with Donald Canavan and Ryan McGarrity. The Ulster Scots Pipe Band will also perform on the day.
Fidget Feet, an aerial circus performance, will dazzle crowds with their spellbinding mid-air dance routine across William Street throughout the day on the Saturday. The first show will take place at 12noon.
Bringing the first day of the market to a perfect close is Limavady Big Band who will provide musical entertainment from 6pm – 7.30pm.
Day two of the continental market also promises to be one not to be missed! An energetic dance performance by the Caroline Creggan School of Dance will commence the entertainment for the day at 1pm.
And the musical treats just keep coming with local band the Banjacks taking to the stage from 2pm – 3.15pm followed by The Hub Choir from 3.15pm – 4pm, Cookstown Folk Club from 4pm – 5pm and Lauren McCrory, Tíre Glór 2017 Winner will bring the day’s entertainment to a close from 5pm-6pm.
To facilitate the expected increased visitor numbers in a safe environment, a road closure will be in place along William Street from 8pm on Friday 19 May through to approximately 10pm on Sunday 21 May 2017. The road closure will be in place from the Orritor Street/Coagh Street junction to the Burn Road/James Street junction.
Find more information at: Cookstown Continental Market