When the many media establishments made the move over to MediaCityUK there were question marks raised about what would happen to the husks they left behind. For the old BBC building on Oxford Road there became that cover all staple of modern society: the parking lot. Across town, however, at Old Granada Studios not only are they embracing its history with the Coronation Street Tour, but it will also be hosting Manchester’s first weekend urban markets. Offering the best in local and national goods from art and design, craft, gourmet and – for the first weekend in April – gourmet and street food known as BITE, which will host a huge array of food stalls offering gourmet expertise and inspiring hospitality created by specialists within the new foodie hub. Then on the Sunday, Old Granada Studios will invite bargain hunters to come down for its Finders Keepers Flea Market. Spanning the gamut of second-hand shopping, the stalls and boutiques will showcase unique finds from vintage to bric-a-brac, antiques, collectables and objet d’art. Street markets are going through quite the revival at the moment as shoppers dodge the high street to look for unique and original goods from locally sourced businesses at Levenshulme Market, the new Moss Side Market – and now this new opportunity in the heart of the city, housed in a Manchester landmark.

Sat 5 & Sun 6 Apr, Granada Studios, Quay Street, M60 9EA. 11am – 5pm, FREE, oldgranadastudios.com

Sat 5 Apr - Sun 6 Apr
John Stansfield
Published on:
Wed 1 Jan 2014