For generations markets have been a vital part of the local community, serving families and local businesses with everything from fresh produce to furniture, clothing and household goods.
All three markets are arranged around historic market squares and village halls. Part of their local community, for more than 50 years in some cases, the markets are also a tourist attraction bringing in thousands of visitors each year who come to sample local delicacies and take in the views and attractions in the area.
The market town of Pudsey is situated between Leeds and Bradford and perhaps best known for lending it’s name to Children in Need’s Pudsey Bear, created by a local resident.
This quiet town has a laid back approach to life complemented by plenty of independent restaurants and cafes and a great range of locally sourced produce at the market.
Further along the Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate border Otley opens up to magnificent views of Yorkshire countryside. A quaint slice of village life Otley is a walker’s paradise with plenty of tea shops and village pubs to quench your thirst after a hard days shopping at the market or rambling across the valleys.
Close by Yeadon is the most playful of the market towns satisfying adventurers and sporting types at Yeadon Tarn, the town’s wetland and nature reserve which is also home to the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre. The market offers plenty of rewards after a hard day on the lake, with a fresh catch brought in from the Yorkshire coast and plenty of fruit and vegetables for the health conscious.