In a move which harks back to the area’s proud history, a regular market will be returning to Newcastle’s iconic Bigg Market, the Bigg Foodie Friday.
After gaining notoriety for its nightlife, the Bigg Market suffered years of decline before having new life breathed in to it after a £3.2m project to transform the area’s fortunes.
With revamped public spaces, the area is now ideal for hosting markets and open-air activities.
The Bigg Foodie Fridays market, which will take place on the last Friday of every month, will give people the chance to enjoy street food from a wide range of different vendors and produce from quality local suppliers.
The Bigg Market Bash marked the official launch of the newly refurbished public space back in April with street food, live bands and children’s entertainment.
And the day gave NE1 Ltd the idea to let the fun continue with a regular street food market.
Alex Slack, NE1 Ltd Project Manager for the Bigg Market said: “NE1 Ltd’s regeneration of the Bigg Market was designed to bring new life into the area and one way of doing this was to play to the area’s strengths.
“The Bigg Market is steeped in history as a market venue – even its name, Bigg is taken from a type of barley that was sold from market stalls on the site.
“We’re delighted to be bringing back a regular market to the area by starting the monthly Bigg Foodie Friday, which echoes the area’s history and aims to stimulate a thriving new future for the Bigg Market.”
The Bigg Market dates back to the middle ages, when it was a major marketplace along the Great North Road. Other nearby markets included the Groat Market, which was named after oats without the husks, and the Cloth market which sold textiles.
In 2013, NE1 Ltd set out a commitment to transform the economic fortunes of the Bigg Market after decades of under investment and neglect.
With National Lottery Heritage Funding and support from Newcastle City Council, have already replaced tired and distressed street furniture, installed new street lighting, planted additional trees made four level terraced areas for events and markets.
The former gentleman’s toilets are being converted into a quirky wine bar and the project is also focusing on listed buildings in the area.
And with a new £24m from private investment set to bring two hotels into the former offices of the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal, the Bigg Market Project is on its way to giving a historic heart back to Newcastle.
This latest development will see private investment figures for the area surpass £65m.
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