Think local for special gifts - and you’ll be spoiled for choice

When it comes to shopping for St Valentine’s Day, markets in Calderdale offer a refreshing local alternative to high street chains.

Whether it’s unique gifts, fresh flowers, special cards or quality produce, you’ll find it all at Calderdale markets.

Many people may be opting for a home cooked, romantic meal as an alternative to going out, says a council markets spokesperson.

“If so, you can find all the ingredients in Calderdale markets to whip up a culinary masterpiece that is bound to impress,” they said.

“There are local meats, fresh fish and quality vegetables, plus herbs, spices and sauces to give your meal a kick!

“Plus you’ll find dessert choices for every appetite, with luxury chocolates, cakes and fresh fruit available.

“Our markets are also the ideal place to find that special someone the perfect card or gift.

“You’ll be spoilt for choice, with items like romantic flower arrangements, keepsakes, jewellery and fragrances all on offer at Calderdale’s six indoor and outdoor markets , including Todmorden Market Hall, Todmorden open market and Hebden Bridge open market.

“And on Sunday, February 15, enjoy Hebden Bridge Local Food and Crafts market, where you will be able to pick up that special something to complement your home cooked Valentine’s weekend dinner.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Coun Peter Caffrey, said: “Markets are a great place to find local, quality produce at any time of the year, but they’re the perfect one stop shop for something unique and special for Valentine’s Day.

“Whether it’s ingredients or gifts, there’s plenty on offer. Plus our friendly traders are on hand to help out if you’re looking to impress but don’t know where to start! “

For more information about the area’s markets, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/community/markets