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Alternative Xmas market for the village

Alternative Xmas market for the village

‘ALTERNATIVE’ CHRISTMAS MARKET FOR LOCAL TRADERS TO LAUNCH AT KAMPUS

The ‘alternative’ Christmas market will be for local independent traders only and bring some of the city’s best artists, makers and food producers to the £250m garden neighbourhood being developed by Henry Boot Developments and CAPITAL&CENTRIC. 

STALL will open on Friday 29th November giving people a first look of how the city-centre KAMPUS development, set to open in 2020, is shaping up, including the much talked about central garden.

Visitors will be able to buy artisan Christmas gifts while taking in the festive vibes, grabbing a bite to eat and a winter tipple. There will be around 20 stalls covering foods, home wares, prints, clothes and jewellery from local traders including Manchester Cheesecake Co., Moon & Sixpence, Full Circle Tees and Blue Botanics. They will be alongside GRUB’s new bottle shop OFFY with an amazing assortment of canned craft beers, natural wines and an array of spirits for people to take home. 

Those fancying a drink will be able to choose from 12 lines of craft beer brewed by local breweries (such as Squawk Brewing Co., Pomona Island, Runaway Brewery and many more) alongside tasty hot mulled wine or cider. For the foodies there’ll be vegan ‘fish’ and chips from The Bootle Oyster, fresh wood fired pizzas from Pitch Pizza, deep fried calzone from Fritto and fine beef sandwiches from Shoot The Bull.

Jason Bailey, Director of GRUB said:

“We’ve wanted to launch a market for a very long time and what better time to do it than Christmas! We’re bringing together the city’s best artists, makers & food producers with the buzz and ethos of a traditional market. We only work directly with business owners so we can make sure that visitors enjoy a connection with the people whose hard work and love has gone into the item they’re buying. That is the essence of a market for us and KAMPUS is the perfect place to do it. We can’t wait to get stuck into this pop up and find STALL a full-time home for 2020.”

Adam Brady, Henry Boot Developments said:

“We’ve always said that KAMPUS would be a home for the city’s creatives and independents so it’s great to be working with GRUB to offer a different Christmas market experience. We’re only working with local traders and we’re going to be showcasing the best indies Manchester has to offer, which is what KAMPUS is all about.

“It’ll be the first chance for people to see the new garden neighbourhood we’re creating right in the city centre. KAMPUS isn’t going to be some exclusive, gated community, it’ll have loads of open spaces, a lush garden and bars, restaurants, cafes and shops that’ll be open to anyone. We can’t wait to start getting people down to check it out.”

Overlooking the Rochdale Canal, KAMPUS will feature over 500 apartments in two new blocks, two listed Victorian warehouses and the existing brutalist 60s tower. Greenery will feature throughout the many open spaces, including a central lush garden alongside two floors of independent bars, restaurants and shops.

It includes a range of diverse and quirky spaces, including the Bungalow – a disused security cabin on stilts – and Little David Street – a cobbled street closed off for decades. Transforming the former Manchester Metropolitan University site into the city’s newest neighbourhood, the project is due to complete in 2020, with the first residents due to arrive in Spring.

STALL opens Friday 29th November at 4pm and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 22nd December at KAMPUS on Aytoun Street, Manchester. The event is free entry, no tickets are needed and everyone, including families and dogs, are welcome. For more info visit the facebook page here or www.kampus-mcr.co.uk 

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Published: 14-Nov-2019

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