The Burnley Artisan Market significantly boosts town centre footfall compared to non-event Saturdays, data from Burnley Business Improvement District (BID) has shown.

The organisation has been monitoring the figures since the Artisan Market was introduced in September 2021, and on average 3,000 extra people visit Burnley town centre for the event in relation to a normal shopping day.

Since its inception it has grown in size and popularity and now regularly brings visitors into the town from all over Lancashire.

May’s event was the biggest yet too with over 60 independent businesses in attendance who traded to the backdrop of live music and a craft area for children.

Delivered in a partnership between Independent Street, Burnley BID, Burnley Council and Charter Walk, the main objective of establishing the market was to encourage more people from a wider demographic to discover Burnley and the data has been welcomed by BID Project Manager Andrew Dean.

Craft trader at the Burnley Artisan Market
Artisan Market Bread


“Artisan Market day has always felt busy and we’ve had a fantastic reaction on social media but it’s great to see this backed up by footfall data,” said Andy.

“Through this event we want to entice as many people into Burnley as possible to not only take a look at the market but also uncover the brilliant businesses we have here, and I’m pleased with how it’s gone up to now.”

Independent Street’s Lisa Cowley added: “This event has quickly evolved into the must-visit monthly artisan market in Lancashire and pulls people in from far and wide. I’m excited to see where it goes from here as it continues to grow and prosper.”

Crowds at the Burnley Artisan Market
Artisan Market Diary

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