The new Barnsley Markets are set to officially open this weekend (3 November 2018), marking a key milestone in the £180m redevelopment of the town centre.
The markets have been temporarily housed in May Day Green and Market Parade during the redevelopment of the town centre. They will move into The Glass Works on Friday 2 November, with an official celebration planned for Saturday 3 November.
The new Barnsley Market mascot will be unveiled for the first time and the mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Steve Green, will ring the traditional market bell following a speech from leader of Barnsley Council, Sir Steve Houghton.
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.
“For those traders moving 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.”
The opening of Barnsley Markets is the first major milestone as part of the multimillion-pound redevelopment of the town centre being delivered by the council and its development manager Queensberry.
The project includes new retail, family-friendly restaurants, Cineworld, Superbowl UK and Library @ the Lightbox, plus public realm improvements including a new landmark public square.