What is it that we love about our Mediterranean holidays – and the Canaries too – apart from the obvious that is – the weather?
We like the fact that we can chill in the sun and shade during the day – and still go shopping as the sun sets, as the shops stay open in the evening after we’ve had our meals in the beachside bars, our hotels and the tavernas. Somehow it just seems so “civilised” – the pressure’ s off – the markets are open, the shops laid back and fully stocked and there’s no rush to get back to a car park in case we’ve got a ticket. Why can’t we get some of that in Stone? Well we can.
Following the success of last year’s Christmas evening market, Stone Town Council has organised two late night shopping events in Stone High Street on 20th July and 17th August. This is an initiative between the traders and Council – yes of course it’s to bring as many shoppers into the town at a time to suit them … but there are some very interesting developments afoot in Stone – none of which we can disclose at the time of going to press, but the seemingly endless closures on the High Street may well be in reverse, some in time for the 20th July – others hopefully for the 17th of August. Stone has traditionally – since the 1800’s – been the “playground” of the Potteries – and given the commitment of the traders and retailers, we’ll see that happening again. This is just the start!
But it needs you to make it happen. Remember this year’s Festival Soap Box Derby? Even with the threat of rain – and a continual “fret” – the High Street was packed and bustling – and that was without a market and most of the shops not open for business. They say … if we build it, they will come … and that’s what this is all about. Fun for all the family with entertainment for the kids and fun for the shoppers and adults who don’t need to worry about getting a parking ticket – the Crown Street, Christchurch Way and Westbridge Park car parks are of course free after 5.30pm.
Given the time of year, it’ll be alright and all bright on the night and here’s what you’ll find … exclusive ranges of craft, food and other local stalls, which will be open between 4pm and 9pm. Many of Stone’s unique High Street shops will also stay open late into the evening offering a wide selection of merchandise. The atmosphere of the night will be completed by music from the Florence Brass band, and there will be various entertainment for children.
Councillor Jill Hood, Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Tourism and Town Promotion Sub-Committee added:
“If you want a memorable evening out, don’t miss the Stone late night shopping evenings. Browse the stalls, visit the local shops, enjoy the entertainment, and finish off the evening in one of the town’s fine eateries. Bring your friends and family for a night you will all remember.”
And yes – Stone still boasts the county’s best range of eateries from burgers to fillet steaks, oatcakes to curries and Tex Mex to pizzas. And who knows what “street food” will be available on the market.