Our brilliant Bigg Market
Our brilliant Bigg Market
After years of planning, applying, designing and building, take a look at what's been happening at our ongoing revitalisation of the Bigg Market!
The regeneration of the Bigg Market continues! Having secured a £1.6m investment from the National Lottery Heritage fund, NE1 continue to revitalise the historic Bigg Market.
With the public realm work completed in early 2019, we’ve delivered a summer of spectacular events in the new space, bringing more food, families and fun to the area. With new developments springing up, work continuing on restoring listed frontages to their former glories and amazing new venues opening, it truly has been an exciting summer for the Bigg Market, with more to come!
So, to celebrate our hard work, we’ve put together the best bits from the past few months for you to enjoy. And if that wasn't enough, we also thought we’d share brand new projects and give you the lowdown on what’s to come. Enjoy! Don't forget, you can keep up to date with all happenings at ne1biggmarket.co.uk
BIGG MARKET BASH
To celebrate the completion of the Bigg Market's public realm redevelopment, we hosted the first- ever Bigg Market Bash - a fabulous family fun day out and delicious street food market that welcomed people into the new-and-improved Bigg Market. Complete with delicious street food, face-painting for kids and live performances from fantastic local musicians, the inaugural event was a massive success!
BIGG FOODIE FRIDAYS
LAST FRIDAY OF MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
On the final Friday of every month during the summer months, we welcomed a brilliant new street food market to the Bigg Market that offered foodies a chance to tuck into delicious dishes from the region’s finest street vendors! With new cuisines to try and explore, Bigg Foodie Fridays became an instant hit. It was the perfect place to grab a light bite on busy lunch breaks and allowed food-lovers to revel in treats from local traders.
MERCHANT QUARTER REVIVAL
After loads of spring and summer events in the Bigg Market, NE1 took celebrations to the next level with a magical market day that brought the city’s history to life. Working alongside Newcastle Cathedral and Newcastle Castle, NE1 welcomed 40 different independent vendors from around the region to showcase their talents. From baked goods in the Bigg Market, to independent fashion and vinyl in the Cloth Market and arts and crafts stalls outside the Cathedral, the Merchant Quarter Revival was definitely one of the highlights of the summer!
A WARM WELCOME TO MARKET SHAKER!
Nightlife in NE1 went up another notch, too! Having left their mark on the city with the Dog & Parrot, the team have now launched Market Shaker! Found on Cloth Market, it's now hailed as one of the city's most quirky and exciting spaces for eating, drinking and dancing. Serving up the very best craft beer, cocktails and pizza from street food legends Scream for Pizza, guests have been enjoying delicious treats and tipples to a soundtrack of the finest in disco, funk and soul. With an interior that features tonnes of natural light, lush leather booths and outstanding work by local artists, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Market Shaker!
The Bigg Market also welcomed Hibou Blanc to its growing list of fantastic dining destinations. Serving up locally-sourced ingredients, Hibou Blanc has arrived into NE1 with a modern, sophisticated menu, sprinkled with class. Not feeling too hungry? Then why not take full advantage of the extensive wine list, sample classic cocktails and sip on the finest offerings from bespoke distillers and breweries from all around the globe.
Looking to the future
But that's not all, take a look at our current projects and get exclusive inside access to amazing new developments happening right here in Toon!
NEW SUBTERRANEAN BAR!
You might know it now as the former Gentleman's WC building in the heart of the Bigg Market, but there are big things to come for this site, which has been undergoing a huge transformation this year! The state-of-the-art, glass structure is set to open up as a sparkling new subterranean bar in late 2019! The new owners have the keys and we expect to see exciting progress in the next few months!
LET THERE BE LIGHT!
As part of the on-going Bigg Market renovation project, Koh-I-Noor has finally seen the light after an extensive development program. Guests can now enjoy views of the Cloth Market with newly installed windows and a brand new frontage that highlights the history and heritage of the building. Renowned for serving delicious Indian cuisine, make sure you visit this October and check out another historic building restored to its former glory!
A true taste of Ireland is coming to Newcastle! New York-inspired Irish bar, The Points, is on its way to Bigg Market! The team are working flat out to get ready for a winter filled with Irish dancing and whiskey tasting sessions!
Due to open on Fridays and Saturdays, The Points will host loads of live music events and feature some of the finest talent from around the region. Guests will be able to kick back with a nice cold pint of Guinness, relax next to roaring fires and enjoy an incredible party atmosphere.