Clayton Dickensian Market


     Saturday 5th December 2015 


The market started in a local allotment in 2005 with a handful of stalls; and through

the hard work of a small committee and the support of the local community it has grown

into a nationally recognised event attracting over 7,000 visitors from all over the country.


The market committee are working tirelessly to ensure this year’s market does not

disappoint!  Our commitment is to entertaining the community in a fitting tribute to

a bygone era with a festive feel.  The market will again sprawl across the middle of

the village, from the the top of Victoria Park right down to the Library spreading across

the park into the Village Hall.


The market will be opened at 11:00AM followed by the parade and crowning of this

year’s Snow Queen.  


With around a hundred stalls there will be no shortage of things to peruse, taste, buy

or win.  Traditional stalls will include a Bottle Stall, Tombola, Christmas and Craft Items,

Old Fashioned Games and a barrel organ.  

Delicious food stalls include Barbecue, Mexican street food, Hot Roast Carvery, Homemade Farmhouse Soups, Fudges, Cakes, Chutneys, Cheeses, Chestnuts, Mince Pies and Olives.

Non-food stalls include jewellery, soaps, toys, bags and scarves, candles, gift baskets, art, bone china and more.  

Drinks on sale will include Craft Ciders, Mulled Wines and Apple Juices, Speciality Coffees and Hot Chocolate.


West Yorkshire Fire Service and West Yorkshire Police will be attending to talk to visitors about safety and there will be various charities with stalls, not only to raise money but also awareness to their causes.  


For younger visitors we have Fairground Rides, Climbing Wall, Pony Rides, Magician and a Birds of Prey display.  


Entertainment will be provided all through the day from Singers, Groups, Dancing Troupes and Drama Groups.


As the Christmas lights are turned on and darkness draws in the market comes to a close at 4:00PM.


We hope you will accept our invitation to join us and encourage you to join in with villagers and stall holders wearing Dickensian Period costumes, but if not make sure you wrap up warmly and lets make this year even better than before.




Looking out, from my window, at dusk on Christmas Eve

Thinking of the children.. how excited they will be

Imagine all the fun they'll have with presents they receive

Tomorrow is a time for joy.. laughter, song and glee.


Adults too are celebrating this special time of year

Singing carols, making merry whilst drinking to good cheer

They dance, they sing, they party.. to old 70s Christmas songs

Knowing it's the time of year to forgive each other’s wrongs.


Christmas trees are decorated with baubles of red and gold

Shimmering tinsel dangles free from their branches bright and bold

Fairy lights a-twinkle around the windows frames

Folk gather round a blazing fire with its warming flickering flames.


Harken to the calling of the church bells far away

Folk are slowly gathering to praise the holy day

A single star shows the way as in the days of yore

Just as when the three wise kings came traveling to adore.


Looking out, from my window, on the night of Christmas eve.

The snow lies heavy on the ground but I must soon to leave

Must hurry now, it's getting dark, it's not a time to pause

The reindeer are calling me, for I am Santa Claus.


Glenn Walker



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