Open-air markets return to green

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AN OPEN-AIR market is to return to Sheffield’s Devonshire Quarter.

Starting on May 4, seven Saturdays have been lined up when independent businesses can have stalls on Devonshire Green.

Organisers say they have been inspired by London’s Portobello Road and Sheffield’s Sharrowvale Road markets, and expect 60 to 70 stallholders to take the opportunity to sell clothing, jewellery, antiques and collectables, crafts, arts and prints and other items.

The market will have a cocktail and ale bar, a food court for the produce of local farms and music from bands and DJs.

Organiser Sam Wherrett said: “We’re really excited to be re-launching Devonshire Market. Our creative city needs a market to showcase our wonderful makers and sellers. Expect to see high quality musicians and bands plus street entertainers as well as some of the quirkiest makers in Sheffield.”

Since the Devonshire Quarter emerged more than 20 years ago as a fringe location for independent and fashionable local businesses, fuelled by The Forum cafe bar and shops, attempts to establish a regular markets have failed to gain a foothold.

The launch of Sunday markets on Devonshire Street was blighted by bad weather, while markets on the green itself have been sporadic.

After the idea of the Devonshire Market was developed by the organisers of the of Tramlines music festival and Exposed Magazine, the first coinciding with the 2011 Royal Wedding, it is now being picked up by local independent company Big Live Event Ltd.

Each market will have a different theme ranging from traditional street parties, to showcases for antiques and food.

The dates are June 8, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5 and a Christmas special on December 7.

Sam said there was a lack of opportunities in Sheffield city centre for local independent businesses, and Devonshire Green was the ideal location.

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