A BRAND new waterside market offering award-winning street food, cocktails, stalls and activities is set to make to splash in Leeds.
The monthly Leeds Dock Market launches this weekend, with live music, a pop-up bar, children’s entertainment and a free water taxi from Granary Wharf.
Leeds Dock, formerly known as Clarence Dock, was bought in 2012 by Allied London – the firm behind Manchester’s successful Spinningfields development.
The market events are part of a wider plan to draw more visitors to the site, which had struggled in previous years.
Lucy Whalley, project co-ordinator, said: “After the success of events at Leeds Dock throughout the summer, we feel a monthly market will be a great addition to our events calendar.
“The Leeds Dock Market will combine elements of markets we have experienced and enjoyed from around the world, live music, street food, great local produce, fantastic ales and interesting gifts.
“There’s something to entertain every member of the family.
“With the support of Leeds City Council and Leeds City Markets, the market will showcase the best of our region and hopefully become a real destination event for people in Leeds and further afield.”
A special pre-launch event was held on Friday, October 24, to test-run the market, which will offer items by independent Yorkshire brands, locally-sourced produce, quirky gifts and Christmas items.
The market will be held monthly, with the first event on November 1 and 2, and another on December 6 and 7.
It is hoped they will be held throughout 2015, on the last weekend of the month, from 10am to 4pm.
Clarence Dock originally opened in 2008 with the aim of being a mix of leisure and retail attractions.
However, around half of its 35 shop units ended up lying empty for years.
Earlier this year, Allied London announced plans to transform the site and turn the closed Alea casino building into state-of-the-art offices for technology, media and telecoms firms.
For more about Leeds Dock and the market, visit www.leedsdock.com or go to the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/leedsdock.