Preparations are nearly complete as Selby gets ready to host its first Bank Holiday Market of 2021.

The Market will take place on Monday 30 August, when traders and shoppers from across the north of England are set to enjoy one of the Town’s oldest traditions.

The open air market as we know it today grew from the early 14th Century when it was moved to Selby Market Cross (Market Place), from the Abbey. Today the market has developed enormously from its early days but still retains the core values that make it great.

Selby market exists to serve the community, providing a social and bustling atmosphere for people of any ages and backgrounds to enjoy!

As ever, stalls will be spread throughout the town, including on the Market Place, in Finkle Street, Micklegate and James Street. Traders are expected to start setting up early in the morning with goods on sale from around 9am.

Selby Town Council took over the running of the markets from Selby District Council in 2010. At that time the market was in some decline and its future was uncertain.  The market has seen lots of competition since that time from new supermarkets and discount high street shops, however we are always looking for ways to improve the market offering a wider variety of goods, street food and entertainment.

Another great excuse to visit Selby on Bank Holiday Monday, if you need one, Selby Abbey will also be hosting their annual August Bank Holiday Craft Fair to support local traders and craftspeople. There will also be refreshments from the Abbey coffee shop and their annual exhibition from the Camera Club. 

Selby is always a fabulous place to visit on Bank Holiday market day, with visitors from all over the area coming to see what’s on offer. We have had lots of requests to come and trade on the day so, weather permitting, (if we have a shower, you can always pop in to one of the many lovely cafes or pubs in the town for a break) it will be a great day out for all the family!