Flavour of Kirkgate Market after dark

Bluebird Bakery's 
Luke Bird.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe
Bluebird Bakery's Luke Bird. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe
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see Kirkgate Market in a new light this week as the historic market, which dates back to the 1850s, opens at night for the first time.

On Thursday the recently revamped events space and food hall section of Kirkgate will open until 11pm.

Leeds Kirkgate Market

Leeds Kirkgate Market

Joining the existing popular food stalls Manjit’s Kitchen, Bahn and Mee, Jenny’s Jerk Chicken and Yorkshire Wrap Company will be around 20 pop-up stalls, including some of the city’s favourite independent food producers and bars.

There will also be entertainment for the whole family at the first of the four monthly night markets which have been organised by Leeds City Council to enable people visiting the city centre on an evening to see what Kirkgate has to offer as a social venue for colleagues, friends and families.

Cllr Jonathan Pryor, lead member for markets said: “We want Leeds residents and visitors to see what Kirkgate Market has to offer. By opening outside of the traditional operating hours, we hope to attract a whole new customer base, to what is an historic jewel in Leeds’ crown.

“The Night Market will be a great opportunity for visitors to discover some of the market’s popular traders whilst enjoying a night out with friends or family. We are confident that our new Night Market customers will like what they see and make the market a regular daytime shopping and eating destination.”

On Thursday, the newly opened Home restaurant will also be bringing a taste of fine dining to Kirkgate’s first Night Market with a pop-up eatery while younger visitors can get ready for Hallowe’en with free pumpkin carving at a special pop-up pumpkin patch, and free table tennis is also on offer.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s City Connect will be providing a free bike parking area and a bike maintenance gazebo, where visitors can get bikes repaired and Candlelighters, the Lord Mayor of Leeds chosen charity, who support families affected by childhood cancer, will have an activity stall and collection buckets.

Further markets are planned for November 30, December 21 and January 25.

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