Bovingdon Market confirms final dealing date

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Bovingdon Market has confirmed the final trading date at its iconic airfield.

The market is being booted from its home at Bovingdon Airfield after plans to build film studios on the site were approved in the autumn.

The closure has been under consideration since September, and yesterday the market gave a major update on its future in a Facebook post.

The post, which drew thousands of reactions, comments and shares, read, “We recommend starting your Christmas shopping early…as we won’t be here for Christmas 2022.

“Unfortunately your favorite market will cease trading at Bovingdon Airfield in September.

“The film works are taking the place at Bovingdon Airfield, we are trying to move the market elsewhere and will update you on that.

“Right now – grab your bargains while you can! We are OPEN every Saturday from 9am to 4pm. We hope to see you all soon.”

Bovingdon Market later added in the comments that its official closing day will be Monday 29 August which is a bank holiday.

With more than 400 stalls ranging from fashion to food, the market has gained popularity in more than 40 years of trading, drawing crowds from far and wide.

But it also has a checkered history of counterfeit goods being put up for sale in the market by police and Hertfordshire Trading Standards officers over the years.

Bovingdon Market said it would “resist” attempts to redevelop the airfield site, but it ultimately proved unsuccessful after Dacorum Borough Council gave permission for three film studios to be built.

Blockbusters like Bohemian Rhapsody have been filmed at Bovingdon Airfield in recent years, while ITV already has a studio on the site for filming Dancing on Ice and The Masked Singer.

It is not yet clear who will operate the new studios.

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