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NEW: Northern Quarter Markets In Stevenson Square

The team behind Levenshulme Markets to pilot three monthly markets from Sunday 15 March

Written by . Published on March 6th 2015.

NEW: Northern Quarter Markets In Stevenson Square

THE ever-popular Levenshulme Market has announced plans to start a new series of monthly markets in Northern Quarter's Stevenson Square.

The Northern Quarter is a natural fit for us and our traders. We look forward to demonstrating the difference that markets can make to retail communities, just as we have in Levenshulme”

On Sunday 15 March there'll be 30 stalls pitched-up between 11am and 4pm with parts of Hilton Street and Stevenson Square closed off to traffic.

During the pilot market scheme there'll also be markets on Sunday 19 April and Sunday 17 May.

If the markets prove to be a success, they could be continued into the summer.

The square will accommodate stalls selling a range of goods to complement the existing Northern Quarter retail offer – including food produce, vintage clothes, modern crafts, design, homewares and books. 

With trading space offered first to Northern Quarter businesses, the aim of the markets is to showcase local, independent traders, then later open up more independent traders from further across Manchester.

Booking is now open to traders...


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Stevenson Square 3Grey Stevenson Square will be lifted by Sunday markets


For the first market on Sunday 15 March, the Levenshulme team have booked in a bumper line-up of food traders, with street food from the likes of Chinese Jian bing, Polish dumplings and a Jamaican BBQ courtesy of Northern Quarter's Soup Kitchen canteen and bar.

Shoppers can enjoy their lunch in an outdoor seating area, with music laid on by Leonard Skully Records (from the team behind NQ’s Kraak venue), before heading back into the market for some shopping.

Some of Levenshulme’s best-loved 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 here the week before)

The move signals further growth for Levenshulme Market, which was first launched as a social enterprise in 2013 with a monthly market on the train station car park in Levenshulme.

In 2014 the market started operating weekly on Saturdays and was recently named the 'best local artisan market in the region' by Marketing Manchester in the process.

Earlier this month the team revealed plans to fund £15,000-worth of innovation and entrepreneurship projects in Levenshulme – using profits earmarked as part of their remit as a social enterprise.

Market Director, Helen Power, said The Northern Quarter is a natural fit for us and our traders. While working closely with Manchester City Council we look forward to demonstrating the difference that markets can make to retail communities, just as we have in Levenshulme.”

The markets will take place around Stevenson Square on Sunday 15 March, Sunday 19 April, Sunday 17 May



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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Poster BoyMarch 5th 2015.

Markets schmarkets.

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AnonymousMarch 6th 2015.


Kevin PeelMarch 5th 2015.

This is going to be brilliant. We asked officers to support this late last year on the back of Small Business Saturday and we're delighted it is being delivered. I hope we can make it regular and permanent!

AnonymousMarch 5th 2015.

Looking forward to it :)

Swiss JamesMarch 5th 2015.

Great stuff- I'll be there.

AnonymousMarch 5th 2015.

This square is crying out for a makeover - either full or partial pedestrianisation, new tree/shrub planting, seating etc.

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James CunninghamMarch 5th 2015.

I thought there was a scheme for this coming soon??

Poster BoyMarch 6th 2015.

The absolute last thing Stevenson Square needs is a 'makeover'.

mike_aMarch 6th 2015.

Hasn't this makeover already happened? spacehive.com/stevensonsquaregreenmakeover…

Ghostly TomMarch 10th 2015.

I quite like the grittiness of Stevenson Square. It has had some work done. All that's needed is that the pavements are extended so the cafes and restaurants can spill out more on warm or sunny days. And it needs a central focus. An old subterranean public toilet doesn't really cut the mustard does it?

GimboidMarch 5th 2015.

This is fine but what progress is being made to getting a *proper* market in Manchester city centre? I visited Bolton market for the first time on Saturday and it puts us to shame. The token effort of Arndale Market is worse than nothing.

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James SmithMarch 6th 2015.

Erm Bolton got rid of its fabulous market about 5 years ago and turned it into a poor mans arndale. Which market are you talking about? The grotty one full of oddballs near the bus station?

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