Markets are having their shining moment in Manchester. Some are invested in by the city and some have been nominated for BBC Food and Farming Awards. Take a look at the best markets that you need to visit in one of England‘s, and the UK‘s, most cultural hotspots.
Since its launch in 2013, Levenshulme Market has doubled its stall capacity to over 50 stalls. Levy Market has a wide range of artisan traders selling produce, plants, vintage clothing, gifts, homeware, and street food. Certain market dates also feature fun entertainment like live music and face painting for the kids. The market is also an incorporated social enterprise that addresses the socioeconomic issues in the community by providing awards, mentoring, and training for residents to start market businesses. Opening hours: Sat, March-Dec 10am-4pm
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Urmston Market has been providing the community with market goods for 80 years. The market has an indoor food hall and an open market outside with an undercover café area. They have a wide array of stalls including plants, groceries, clothing, crafts, and jewellery, and some of their regular traders have been with them for over 30 years. Urmston Market has an artisan market the first Saturday of every month and crafts and vintage the last Saturday of every month. Opening hours: Tue, Fri-Sat 9am-4pm
Bolton authorities put £4.5 million towards the redevelopment of Bolton Market, adding a new lifestyle hall with new traders including an ale bar, a tropical florist, and a coffee specialist. It also features an outdoor market and an in-store cookery demonstration kitchen that has regular cooking events and seasonal food tastings. They have an array of stalls selling accessories, food and drink, health and beauty, homeware and garden ware, jewellery, music, books, and entertainment items.
Bury Market has been voted the best market in Britain on several occasions. The market consists of the indoor market hall, the indoor fish and meat hall, and the outdoor open market. The open market is a traditional market that spans 11 blocks with over 300 stalls that feature plenty of multicultural cafés. The market hall has 60 stalls that offer giftware, hardware, clothing, food, and more. The fish and meat hall is a modern market building with a hubbub of butchers and fishmongers offering fresh food. Opening hours: Market Hall: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm / Fish and Meat Hall: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm / Open Market: Wed and Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm
Castlefield Artisan Markets and Events hosts a variety of inspiring local craft and vintage market events. After a six month break, they have relaunched their renowned Castlefield Market, which takes places every first Saturday of the month at the Royal Mills between 10am and 4pm. They also feature a quirky, atmospheric tea room at Radcliffe Market Hall during the week, supplying local artisan coffees, pastries, breakfast and lunch specials.