A POPULAR street market is returning next weekend for a much-needed boost following the pandemic.

Braintree District Council announce the market which takes over the town centre on the last Saturday of each month.

Due to the pandemic, the council were unable to hold the events last year but are hoping to encourage more people back to the town centre.

Councillor Tom Cunningham said: "After a tough 18 months for local businesses, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the return of our series of street markets and build them back up gradually as COVID restrictions have lifted.

"Whilst the first one will be a smaller market than what Braintree has seen before as construction work is still underway in the town centre, it will provide a glimpse of what will be an exciting future for the town – where we’ll be able to start providing a bigger and more vibrant market offer to support our small businesses and help them bounce back even better."

Due to the current pedestrianisation scheme taking place, there will be a limited number of stalls.

A selection of traders will be on hand on Saturday 28th August along the main High Street and George Yard Shopping Centre - serving everything from handmade giftware, clothing and crafts, wall art prints to traditional fudge, chilli oils and sauces and a range of wine, beers, ciders and spirits.

To keep up to date with details of the street market go to visitbraintreedistrict.co.uk.