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Grainger Market – Celebrating 181 years


Oct 22, 2016
This year sees the 181st birthday of the Newcastle Grainger Market. To mark the occasion there will be a whole host of events and activities taking place for people to participate in and enjoy.  These include: upcycling and crafting demonstrations, a Beamish Victorian Day, food promotions, fashion shows, and children’s activities.  For the first time we also have an exclusive and exciting tour of the Grainger Market’s hidden underground air raid shelter.

The celebrations will take place during October half term (Monday 24 to Saturday 29 October from 11am to 4pm each day). The week-long activities and events will highlight and celebrate both the markets history and the market as it is today.

The Grainger Market first Opened in October 1835 and a banquet was held to celebrate this.  Today’s Grainger Market is light, bright and has 110 quality traders.  Alongside craft stalls, mini bazaars, jewellers and florists you can find high quality butchers, artisan bakers, greengrocers and award winning street food traders, coffee shops and cafes.

Cllr Ged Bell, Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment and Development said,

“The Grainger Market is a real Geordie institution which attracts many visitors from far and wide.  The market offers a vast array of goods for shoppers to purchase with something for everyone, all under one roof, with friendly traders and a fantastic vibrant atmosphere.   Why not pay a visit over the half-term week and see for yourself what a fantastic gem of a market this is”

By Emily