Cookstown set for the return of the popular Continental Market!

Cookstown goes continental next month when the food and flavours, sights and sounds of Europe and beyond come to the town centre for two days on 20-21 May!

Pictured launching the 2017 Continental Market are, (l-r), TP Sheehy, Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council and Paul Wilson, President Cookstown Chamber of Commerce.

Organised by Mid Ulster District Council, in partnership with Cookstown Town Centre Forum, the continental market is part of Market Place Europe’s spring tour, and will feature over 40 traders from as far afield as Morocco, India, Belgium, France, Russia, Holland, Spain and China, who will set up stalls alongside local traders from the weekly street market.

As well as mouth-watering dishes, from freshly made Paella to delicious Bratwurst Sausages, visitors to the market over the two day event will also be kept entertained with a variety of street entertainment and music.

Launching the 2017 market, Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, said:

“The Continental Market is one of the civic events for Cookstown in 2017 and it is anticipated as in previous years that it will attract a large number of visitors to Cookstown town centre.

“As well as being a great opportunity for local people and visitors alike to enjoy flavours from around the world, the market is an added attraction for the town. With an array of entertainment planned for the two day event it is ensured to be a great weekend of activity for all the family!”

President of the Chamber of Commerce, Paul Wilson, is looking forward to the atmosphere which the market creates:

“This year’s two day event, provides the opportunity for visitors to experience the Continental Market and Cookstown’s unique retail offering. The continental market will build on its previous success, and is sure to be another quality event for the town. I am looking forward to another successful market next month.”

The continental market takes place along William Street in Cookstown town centre from Saturday 20 May (9am – 9pm) and Sunday 21 May (11am – 7pm).

To facilitate the expected increased visitor numbers in a safe environment, a road closure will be in place along William Street from 8pm on Friday 19 May through to approximately 10pm on Sunday 21 May 2017. The road closure will be in place from the Orritor Street/Coagh Street junction to the Burn Road/James Street junction.

Cookstown set for Continental Market returnTo find out more, visit or call Mary McCullagh, Regeneration Manager on 03000 132 132.