Support local businesses at monthly Ricky market

NewsUpdated: 25 August 2023Business
Rickmansworth High Street

A series of markets are being held in Rickmansworth over the coming months as an ongoing experimental pedestrian-friendly trial continues.

From fresh foods to vinyl LPs – there’s plenty to see and buy at the wide variety of 41 stalls at the monthly market, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month from April to December at the town’s High Street.

It started in April 2022 as a combined project between Rickmansworth Town Team and Batchworth Community Council (BCC) after the latter obtained funding as part of the EU/Gov Welcome Back Fund designed to re-energise town centres.

The market occurs every last Sunday of the month, from 10:30am to 2:30pm. The list of dates for this year is as follows:

· 27 August

· 24 September

· 29 October

· 26 November

· 17 December

In addition to these, The Winter Fair, organised by the Rickmansworth Town Team supported by Batchworth Community Council, will be on Friday 24 November. This consists of a stage outside the Watersmeet theatre, stalls and funfair rides along the High Street with larger rides in the large town carpark by Marks and Spencer.

Two switch-on of Christmas lights, which are sponsored by BCC, will also be taking place in November. The Rickmansworth and Money Hill lights will be turned on at 6pm on 24 November and the Eastbury Christmas tree will be illuminated at 6pm on 26 November.

To continue to support local businesses in Rickmansworth’s key shopping street, Hertfordshire County Council is consulting on the ongoing experimental trial, which was introduced by Hertfordshire County Council in cooperation with the District Council.

The trial involves closing off the High Street to motor vehicles to keep it pedestrian-friendly, which will in turn further attract shoppers to the town centre and support the local economy.

Cllr Paul Rainbow, Lead Member for Transport, said: “The council continues to listen to views on the trial and will make a decision once we and the county council collate all the feedback and data.

“The consultation will soon end, so I urge anyone who has not yet taken part in the survey to please do.”

Residents, businesses, and other stakeholders have until 31 August to have their say on the trial. You can have your say by clicking here.