What is Warwick Mop Fair?
We get asked every year by lots of people why Warwick Market closes for two weeks during October. This closure is because Waewick Mop Fair comes into town. So here's some history about Warwick Mop...
The market usually takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month, but following a drop in stall numbers over the last 12 months the organisers are trying every attempt to keep the market alive. With permission from the Council the new date will hope to breathe new life into the regular farmers market, which will now take place every second Saturday of the month from 9 March.
The market usually takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month, however this clashes with other high profile farmers' markets within the region.
Jamie Walker of CJ's Events Warwickshire said: 'Leamington farmers' market has been one of our markets we have struggled with over the past 12 months. With the slightly out of town position, restrictions on who we can have attend & other larger farmers' markets within the region, it has caused our stall numbers to drop. We had to move from the Pump Room Gardens late last year due to the works and are now outside the Town Hall, this has helped footfall slightly, but we still have work to do in both attracting new traders & footfall.'
He added: 'Being able to buy fresh, locally produced food is really important and we have some fantastic food & drink producers within the district, now we can move the monthly market, we can revitalise the farmers market to help support them in offering their products to the public.'
The operators hope the new monthly date will now mean more traders will be interested in trading, which will give the market a bigger presence in the town.
The market will now take place on the second Saturday of the month from 9 March outside Leamington Town Hall between 9am and 2pm.