Night Markets are still a relatively new concept in the UK. You’ll come across them in fashionable areas of London, as well as some other major cities. But do make sure you “save the date” if you’re likely to be anywhere near to Derby on Thursday, November 16.
That’s when up to 150 stalls will be erected from 5pm to 10pm as Derby hosts its 2017 Christmas Night Market in the streets, and at various other pop-up locations, throughout the Cathedral Quarter.
A perfect pre-Christmas shopping opportunity, it will feature festive street food ranging from Thai curries, halloumi fries, lamb burgers, vegan foods to hot mulled wines and ciders, one off crafts, handmade work, local artists, designers, vintage, upcycled to independent clothing labels and jewellery.
The mastermind behind it all is Sheena Holland, who at one time sold her hand made accessories from a shop in Blacksmith’s Yard in Derby, but then saw an opportunity for other like-minded people to take their wares to market in this unusual and fun fashion – and subsequently started a market on the doorstep of her shop, which grew into a city night market.
Previously a florist in London, she cut her creative teeth making floral displays for the likes of Elton John, The Queen Mother and Michael Jackson, before launching her own business Sheena Holland.
Her vintage handmade designs feature antique and vintage jewellery, and have already been featured in several fashion magazines, including Vogue and most of the bridal magazines. Among her clients are many famous names, including singers Pink, Lily Allen and Alan Carr.
Derby’s Night Market on November 16 will once again focus on the historic buildings and streets of Derby’s Cathedral quarter, around The Cathedral, Iron Gate, The Market Place and The Guildhall Arches – as well as in three bars on the trail.
Many of the neighbouring shops will also be operating late-night opening times. And there will be live entertainment throughout the evening including a choir, dancers and live acoustic acts.
Dishes from all over the world are served from street food stalls and trucks; regular options include gourmet meats, vegan and vegetarian handmade foods and cakes piled high.
For details, visit https://www.visitderby.co.uk/whats-on/events/derby-night-market; and for further tourist information, visit http://www.visitderby.co.uk.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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