Ruddington is becoming a popular choice for a day out as the campaign started by local retailers and residents to attract new shoppers and visitors appears to be working.
The biggest project this year has been the launch of the Ruddington Village Market in a collaboration between the Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) and The White Horse pub on Church Street.
Over 2,000 people flocked to the first market in February, causing some stallholders to sell-out early, so retailers came armed with extra stock in March to satisfy the higher than expected customer demand.
Organisers have now decided that the village market will be held on the first Saturday of each month and that the choice of produce, drinks and crafts displays surrounding The White Horse will change to reflect popularity and customer feedback.
Stella Dickie, market project organiser, said: “Our first two events have been an overwhelming success and we want to keep up the high standard of goods for sale.
“Queues for the artisan bread, as well as the pastries, brownies, fruit & veg, meats and coffee, tell us we must be doing something right.
“We’re keen to complement what the shops in Ruddington already offer, so after visiting the market we hope people stay in the village, check out our independent shops, visit the museums or settle in one of the cafés or pubs for lunch.
“We’re relocating June’s market on Saturday 1st to the grounds of St Peter’s Church because The White Horse will be taking part in the popular annual Rudd Fest.
“As we are keen to give shoppers new experiences each month, taking the market to the beautiful surroundings of St Peter’s on this occasion will be just right.”
Nottingham City Transport has teamed up with ruddington.info to promote the Ruddy Good Day Out, encouraging people not familiar with this part of south Nottinghamshire to visit.
Find out more at www.ruddingtonvillagemarket.co.uk.