Following discussions with Manchester City Council, local councillors, City Co and Northern Quarter businesses, the operators of the highly successful Levenshulme Market will be running a new market in Stevenson Square on the third Sunday of the month during March, April and May, with the option to extend the market into the summer and beyond.
Dates for the markets are currently:
- Sunday 15th March
- Sunday 19th April
- Sunday 17th May
The market will take place between 11am and 4pm on Hilton Street and Stevenson Square. Both streets will be closed to traffic to accommodate approximately 30 stalls - selling a range of goods which will complement the existing Northern Quarter retail offer - including artisan fresh food produce, vintage, modern craft, design, home wares and books.
The focus of the markets will be in showcasing local, independent traders, with the stall bookings offered first to existing Northern Quarter businesses, and then to other independent traders from across Manchester - supporting the market’s aims to increase the reputation of the NQ as a place to go for retail and cultural activities.
For the first market on 15th March, the team have booked in a bumper lineup of 30 traders - with street food from the likes of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, Chinese Jian bing, Polish dumplings and a Jamaican BBQ courtesy of Soup Kitchen. Shoppers can enjoy their lunch in an outdoor seating area, with music laid on by Leonard Skully Records (from the team behind the NQ’s Kraak venue) before heading back into the market for some serious shopping, with traders selling everything from bespoke mosaics to zines, by way of vintage homewares, vinyl and organic soaps and smellies. For the foodies, some of Levenshulme’s most famous traders will be making the trip into town, including winter Tarn Farm, selling organic cheese, eggs and butter (as supplied to Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume), Manchester Veg Boxes with their organic fruit and veg, locally farmed meat from Savin Hill Farm, bread and wine from Bakerie and ales from the Tatton Brewery. The full line up of stall holders will be released on the market website in the week leading up to the event.
City centre councillor and Northern Quarter resident Kevin Peel said:
"We're delighted to be supporting this new market which we've been calling for for ages as a way to increase footfall in the Northern Quarter and support our fantastic variety of local businesses. Having it on my street is an added bonus and I can't wait to check it out!"