Market is back in the heart of Barnsley as part of £180m town centre redevelopment
The new and improved Barnsley Market has officially opened its doors -marking a major milestone in the multi-million pound redevelopment of the town centre.
Barnsley Market – which had been temporarily housed in May Day Green and Market Parade during the development – celebrated its move into The Glass Works on Friday 2 November, with an official celebration on Saturday 3 November.
The celebration featured family entertainment throughout the day, with thousands of locals flocking to the opening.
The new Barnsley Market mascot – Veggie - was unveiled for the first time after the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Steve Green, rang the traditional market bell following a speech from Leader of Barnsley Council, Sir Steve Houghton.
Special guest appearances from celebrity lookalikes included Gordon Ramsey, Austin Powers and James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “Our brilliant market has always been – and will always be – at the heart of Barnsley. We’re famous for our market and the traders who choose to sell their goods in it, which is why the new Barnsley Market is the centrepiece of The Glass Works and regenerated town centre.
“We must thank our traders, both past and present, for sticking with us through the redevelopment and wish those not joining us in The Glass Works the very best for the future.
“For those traders who have moved into The Glass Works, we hope they reap the rewards for choosing to run their businesses in what will be one of – if not the – best markets in the country. Many of these traders have been with us for generations and we hope they’ll continue to trade in our market for generations to come.
“What we ask now is that the people of Barnsley and the surrounding areas come and support our traders at the start of the next chapter in Barnsley Market’s rich history.”
Meanwhile, the market cafes are preparing to move into Market Kitchen in the coming weeks with more details on the move and flagship food court to be announced soon.
The opening of Barnsley Market in The Glass Works is the first major milestone as part of the multi-million-pound redevelopment of the town centre being delivered by the council and its development manager Queensberry.
It includes new retail, family-friendly restaurants, Cineworld, Superbowl UK and Library @ the Lightbox, plus significant public realm improvements including a new landmark public square.