Rachel Bishop
By Rachel Bishop

Senior Staff Writer

30 November 2020

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Culture

Quayside Market to return for Christmas

The Quayside Market will make a welcome return in December to help Newcastle celebrate Christmas, but everyone is reminded to closely follow the Covid guidelines.

Quayside Market
Quayside Market reopens in December

The much-loved market has been closed since 18 September when further local restrictions were implemented in the North East in response to the increase in Covid infections. Newcastle City Council has now put in place the necessary safety measures that will allow it to reopen, which will also help the city get into the festive spirit after such a difficult year.

The market will also be open on a Saturday on the weekends leading up to Christmas to give traders more opportunity to make up for lost time and to reduce the number of visitors each day.

Everyone who visits the market will need to social distance and security marshals will disperse people into the wider Quayside area if crowds do start to appear. All but those who are exempt must wear a face covering and people will be encouraged to use the hand sanitisers available at stations positioned throughout the market. And the council is making it very clear - if these and other guidelines aren’t followed, they will be forced to close the market, at short notice if necessary, as safety remains the priority at all times.

The Quayside will be closed to traffic from the Guildhall to Wesley Square from 8am to 5pm each day that the market is on to ensure there is sufficient space for the market to operate safely, with cyclists being redirected or asked to dismount and the Quayside bus re-routed. There will also be a one-way system in place and a cordoned off central section to be used if the market gets too busy.

Councillor Ged Bell discussing the return of the famous Quayside Market. 

The Quayside Market is back for Christmas

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Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Employment and Culture at Newcastle City Council said: “I am obviously delighted that the Quayside Market is again reopening in the run up to Christmas, but would like to stress how important it is that everyone who visits follows the guidelines so it can remain open.

“Newcastle will be in tier 3 – the highest restrictions- when lockdown ends on 2 December, so we must all work together to make sure the infection rates continue to fall, and we can begin to start getting life back in track.

“We are working closely with our partners NGI and NE1 to bring some Christmas cheer to the city during these difficult times, and we are committed to supporting local businesses.

“The market is home to many small independent traders who are the life blood of this city so its re-opening should go some way to help them after what has been an incredibly difficult year.

“I encourage people to visit the market, support these traders and start looking forward to Christmas, but let’s all do this safely so we can all continue to enjoy it.”

The Quayside Market will open between 9am and 4pm on all weekends in the run up to Christmas – 5& 6 December, 12& 13December, 19& 20 December.

“We are working closely with our partners NGI and NE1 to bring some Christmas cheer to the city during these difficult times, and we are committed to supporting local businesses.

“The market is home to many small independent traders who are the life blood of this city so its re-opening should go some way to help them after what has been an incredibly difficult year.

“I encourage people to visit the market, support these traders and start looking forward to Christmas, but let’s all do this safely so we can all continue to enjoy it.”

Cllr Ged Bell

Cabinet member for Employment and Culture