WARRINGTON Market is to open in its entirety on Sunday for the first time in its history for customers to shop and eat at the Cookhouse.

The full trader line-up will be open to visitors on the second Sunday of every month, starting this Sunday between 10am to 4pm.

This is in addition to the Cookhouse at the market, which is already open every Sunday for dining in or takeaway.

To coincide with Warrington Makers Market – which now takes place at Time Square after moving from its previous location at Palmyra Square last month – the entire market will open at the same time to create a 'bustling hive of activity' at the £142.5million development.

Cllr Tom Jennings, cabinet member for economic development and innovation, said: “Despite coronavirus restrictions, it's clear the new market has got off to a successful start.

The Bridge Street entrance to the market

The Bridge Street entrance to the market

"There has been over 600,000 visits to our fantastic range of stalls and Cookhouse – where families and friends can enjoy first-class food and drink in the sunshine – since the market opened. It’s great news that we can now enjoy all that the market has to offer on Sundays too."

Steve Park, the council’s director of growth, added: “The Makers Market moving to Time Square is another element to the square becoming the bustling hive of activity that we want it to be, which is helping our town centre recover from the restrictions that have been in place over the past year.”

The multi-award winning Warrington Market is home to more than 50 independent traders, plus the Cookhouse which is home to 11 worldwide food outlets and two independent bars.

Visitors can dine inside or on the outdoor terrace, or pick up a takeaway to enjoy at home.