Free park and ride service for Beverley’s Christmas market events

Visitors to Christmas events in Beverley can take advantage of a free park and ride service.

Families heading for both the market town’s Festival of Christmas and the Made in East Yorkshire Christmas market, from Sunday, December 12 until Friday, December 17, can hop on the free buses running from Beverley Racecourse, to avoid the headache of trying to find somewhere to park in the town or worrying about how long they spend browsing.

The Made in East Yorkshire Christmas market will be in Saturday Market Place from Monday to Friday, December 13 to 17, from 10am to 8pm (Friday until 4pm) and will celebrate all things East Yorkshire.

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This market will follow on from the usual Saturday market and the hugely successful Beverley Festival of Christmas, which will be taking place on Sunday, December 12, from 10am to 4pm.

Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic development and tourism at East Riding Council, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer the free park and ride service to visitors to Beverley to ensure the two events are far simpler for everyone to make their way to the markets without the disruption of finding parking.

Beverley Festival of Christmas has been held for 25 years
Beverley Festival of Christmas has been held for 25 years

“The Beverley Festival of Christmas is one of the flagship events for our region and is an important date in the calendar for high street businesses.

“We also look forward to the newly created Made in East Yorkshire Christmas market and I’m sure it will be another fantastic addition to a truly joyful time of the year.”

Ben Gilligan, area director of bus company East Yorkshire, said: “We’re always happy to support events like these that put Beverley on the map.

“As well as the special park and ride, we’ve got buses into Beverley from across the region, including Hull, Driffield, Bridlington, Market Weighton, Pocklington and York, so it’s really easy to travel to the event by public transport.

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“We’re looking forward to bringing lots of visitors into the town and getting the festive season off to a great start.”

Made in East Yorkshire Christmas market was introduced to encourage shoppers to this historic market town offering a full Christmas shopping experience with a mix of market and high street shopping.

The high street and independent stores will stay open longer for late-night shopping.

Along with a selection of stalls selling a colour array of crafts, Christmas gift ideas, food and drink the market will also have entertainment and live music throughout the day, a funfair and other activities for all the family.

Residents and visitors to Beverley will also be invited to vote for their favourite Christmas window display in the town centre for the duration of the Christmas markets.

The Beverley Festival of Christmas is adhering to Covid-safe protocols so where possible visitors are asked to please make use of the extra measures in place such as hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems, and crowd management.

Although face masks are no longer mandatory it is recommended in areas with large crowds, which are expected.

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