THE Covered Market's stalls and shops will escape the historic walls of the Oxford institution today to showcase their unique range of goods.

In the latest in a number of so-called 'spill out' events, traders will be out in force in Market Street and Cornmarket Street selling local food, drink, crafts, gifts and fashion.

Taking place between 10am and 5pm, stalls will include the market's florists, butchers and bakers.

It comes as Oxford City Council attempts to revive the famous site including a £1.3million investment in fixing its leaky roof.

Mary Clarkson, executive board member for culture and city centre, said: “The Covered Market spill out events have been hugely popular and they are a great way for local residents and visitors to discover the market’s eclectic mix of local food, drink, crafts, gifts and fashion.”

The city council, which owns the market, first started the spill out events in 2014 and now organises them two or three times a year.

A string of shop openings in recent months has boosted the site with Baker Boys, Souvlaki Brothers and men’s clothing outlet Leonard Jay all moving in.

The new arrivals have come after a string of high profile departures with long-standing tenants deciding their futures lay outside the market's walls.

Traders and retail groups have previously hit out at the council for charging 'unrealistic and unfair' rents.

Efforts to fix the roof come as part of a £3.1m funding package which has also seen money spent on internal refurbishment, decorations and flooring.

The council said its measures will 'secure the structure for around another 60 to 80 years.'

Shoppers can find more than 50 traders inside the market selling food, gifts, shoes, fashion, flowers and jewellery, providing a showcase for local crafts, food and drink.