Come and visit Middleton-by -Youlgrave on Saturday 28th May! It is Market Day in one of the Peak’s most picturesque villages.
Do you enjoy browsing stalls? Try the cake stall. Buy some books for a good read. Discover a real shabby chic bargain to take home. Pick a locally grown plant from a selection provided by Middleton gardeners. Try your luck on the Tombola. What might you find on the bric-a-brac stall? Win one of the numerous raffle prizes.
Are you keen on exploring Peak villages? There’s certainly a lot to discover in Middleton, which has many listed buildings. Much of the present-day village was built in the 1820s by Thomas Bateman senior, a Manchester cotton merchant who bought the Middleton Estate in 1815.
This year the Middleton community is holding The Bateman Festival to mark the bicentenary of its most famous son, Thomas Bateman the prominent 19th century archaeologist and grandson of Thomas Bateman senior.
Several festival events are happening on Market Day. Explore the village by following the Bateman Trail, which takes you through the village, visiting places and gardens only open to the public on this one day in the year.
A special Bateman Trail leaflet, with map, has been written for the Market. You will need to buy one from the Market Information Stall in the Square to follow the trail and secure access to the open gardens.
There is a children’s activity. On the trail there are hidden archaeological clues for children to find! There is an archaeological detective’s activity sheet available at the Information Stall.
Be in the Square at 2pm for the unveiling of a new village information board on the contribution to the village of the Bateman family when they owned the Middleton Estate between 1815-95.
On the north side of the Square visit the main well dressing – this year it has a Bateman festival theme. Just up the road are children’s well dressings with archaeological and Platinum Jubilee themes!
Don’t miss the Winster Morris Dancers who will be performing in the Square, starting around 1.30pm.
You may want a sit down, so find a table in the playground!
And don’t miss the magnificent Middleton Teas down the road from the Square in the Village Hall (teas are also provided between 10am – 4pm on Sunday 29th May for well dressing and other village visitors).
So come and enjoy the afternoon in Middleton. You’ll be very welcome! The market starts at midday on Saturday 28th May. This is a cash-only market.