Perfect theme for local traders as a new craft market comes to Briggate

A new craft market is set to add more handmade magic to Briggate in Leeds city centre.

Leeds Briggate Market will run once a month on the much-loved shopping street, with a launch date of Sunday 23rd June.

Showcasing and celebrating the work of independent makers and makers, its outdoor stalls will sell everything from clothing, jewelery and art to decor, toys and pet products. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a wide range of delicious street food and enjoy live music.

The attraction replaces a previous market in Briggate which was run on select Sundays by Leeds City Council and for many years had a strong focus on food.

The new market will be managed for the council by Little Bird Made, a company that has had significant success with similar projects in other parts of Yorkshire.

It already operates monthly markets in nine locations – including Wetherby, Knaresborough, Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk – and also works in partnership with Harewood House on the estate’s annual winter craft market.

Councilor Jonathan Pryor, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Member for Economy, Culture and Education, said:

“We are extremely proud of our existing retail offer here in Leeds, but equally we are always striving to make it even better, offering more choice and more attractions for residents and visitors alike.

“The new Leeds Briggate Market – as well as the continued success of the revitalized Leeds Kirkgate Market and other shopping destinations – shows the benefit of this kind of ambitious approach.

“Our partnership with Little Bird Made is really exciting and one that we hope will give many local traders the chance to sell their wares and meet new customers in one of the city centre’s best-known locations. I look forward to seeing the market open for business this summer.”

Little Bird Made was chosen to operate the market following a competitive bidding process.

Jackie Crozier, Managing Director of Little Bird Made, said:

“We want to provide local communities with the best craft stalls, while also giving traders – from Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond – the best opportunities to showcase and sell their handmade goods.

“Bringing people together by creating a fun space where they can hang out, eat and shop has been our mission since we founded the company in 2018.

“I am delighted to bring Little Bird to Leeds city centre. Having previously lived in the city for 10 years, it’s like coming home.”

The opening hours of the market will be from 10:00 to 17:00 and it takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month.

Traders interested in finding out more about the opportunities offered by Leeds Briggate Market are asked to visit the Little Bird Made website.


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