This May Manchester’s St Ann’s Square will come alive with the Spring Festival of Markets, a brand new 18 day creative extravaganza.
Visitors will be able to enjoy cocktails, cupcakes and afternoon tea in chic surroundings with a vintage theme.
The focal point of the square will be The Orangery, a massive marquee which will house a variety of table top stalls selling crafts, books, pottery, retro clothing and a huge selection of handmade gifts and other treats.
There will also be a vinyl and record fair on 4 June – a first for Manchester Markets. The line-up of events will change each weekend and includes an independent book market and a craft fair from Saddleworth.
Mango Rays will be mixing up a selection of their glamorous cocktails, Pimms, Prosecco and delicious non-alcoholic delight. Afternoon tea with a vintage twist will be served by Elsie May’s Traditional Tea Room.
During the 18 days the markets will also be hosting a series of tastings, poetry readings music andother entertainment.
For the first time Manchester Markets will join forces with Saddleworth Creative Network who, for one weekend, will be selling their own handmade food, crafts and gifts (Saturday 31 May – Sunday 1 June).
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: “The Spring Festival of Markets will bring a vibrant, lively atmosphere to St Ann’s Square.
“Featuring poetry readings, a record fair, vintage fashion and a cornucopia of delicious treats and drinks the market will be a must visit destination this spring.”
“With such a wide variety of events and stalls it will definitely be worth more than one visit to see what’s changed and enjoy the unique charms of The Orangery.”
Manchester Spring Festival of Markets
22 May – 8 June Daily St Ann’s Square
Vintage Fashion Market: 24 and 25 May
Over 17 stalls, clothes, accessories, furniture.
Emmaus event: 26 May
Up-cycled furniture and accessories sourced by Emmaus Charity, supporting the homeless.
Saddleworth Creative Network: 31 May and 1 June
Over 20 stalls from local craftspeople.
Vinyl and record fair: 4 June
Manchester Markets’ first Vinyl market – rare and collectible discs.
Independent Book Fair: 7 and 8 June
Over 10 stalls featuring independent publishers.
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