Manchester’s Christmas Markets will return to the city’s Albert Square this year, the council has confirmed. It was announced last year

that the main market hub in front of the town hall would have to be relocated for at least four years to make way for work on the grade I listed building and public plaza. But local media reports that

city bosses have designed the programme of work so that the 2019 markets can still have ‘a significant presence’

Christmas reprieve for Albert Square Food festival will return to Arley Hall

in the square. Its footprint will be about two thirds of its normal size to accommodate the ongoing renovation of the town hall. Looking forward, stalls will

still have to relocate from the square at some point in the future, although a time frame has yet to be confirmed. E v e n t s i n c l u d i n g

Manchester Food and Drink Festival in September have already had to find new homes this year due to the refurbishment, and it was reported earlier this year

that restaurants and bars in the area were concerned their trade would be hit by a lengthy closure. The council’s Christmas

spokesman Pat Karney told local media: “It might be summertime but I’m already counting down to Yuletide and it’s great news that the Christmas Markets will be able to take place on Albert Square for another year after all.

“Although stalls which

would have been on Albert Square will have to relocate in

The Great British Food Festival will be back at the stunning Arley Hall near Knutsford in Cheshire for two days on September 21 and 22. The Great British Food Festival takes in

thirteen venues around the UK this summer, with the Arley Hall event being something of a main stay in their calendar of visits, and now in its 5th year. The line up includes over 100 Best of British

producers and street food vendors along with celebrity chef demos, talks, kids cookery lessons, great live music, a ‘Cake Off’ competition and ‘Men v Food’ challenges, plus a new BBQ stage. Howard Middleton will be one of the chefs,

The stalls might be back in Albert Square, but the big question is, will Santa be there?

and will also be judging the popular ‘Cake Off’, where amateur bakers compete head- to-head in two baking categories. Howard said: “I love doing the demos and the cake off is great fun, it’s brilliant to see what the public can do.”

Dan Maycock, Festival Director, said:

“We’re thrilled to be back at Arley, it’s always a lovely event with a great crowd, and we are really keen to push things on for 2019, hence we have more activities going on and a great line up of chefs.” The main chef demo area hosts great

local and TV chefs, and with all demos free to enter, everyone can pick up top foodie tips. There are also regular Artisan Foodie talks, foraging walks and a new BBQ stage for visitors to get involved with. The Great British Food Festival has

attracted lots of producers showcasing the best in local, seasonal and speciality food and drink, and it’s a good opportunity to get a real taste of the best of Lancashire and Great British produce. After the foodie shopping is done, visitors

can sit out and enjoy tasty food, a refreshing drink and great live music in the stunning surroundings of Arley Hall.

future years to enable works, once the transformed and enlarged square is finished it will be able to host markets which are bigger and better than ever, as well as a whole host of other events.” Plans for the area include

the pedestrianisation of several streets surrounding the square, and these will be submitted later this summer. The plaza will be enlarged

by around 20 percent and the council says it will also improve safety, security and accessibility, eliminating the need for the concrete barrier around its edge and offering better infrastructure for big events. Councillor Nigel Murphy,

lead member for the Our Town Hall project, told local media: “Albert Square is the civic heart of the city; it has an

illustrious past and an exciting future. That role is only going to be strengthened through our plans.” Dates for this year ’s

Christmas Markets have yet to be confirmed, but generally it runs from early November until just before Christmas. The council says it will be ‘as big as ever’ across the city, where stalls usually occupy nine sites in total.

Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday with several trader incentive schemes available!

Telephone 01527 534019 Email Market@Bromsgroveandredditch.Gov.Uk visit/places-to-visit/bromsgrove-market.aspx


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