Cathedral Quarter’s free event

A pilot Vintage, Arts and Food Market in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter has proved so successful that the initiative is already planning to expand following a successful partnership between a local business, the property’s landlord and the Business Improvement District (BID).

CQ Saturdays Vintage, Arts and Food Market is organised by local designer and retailer Sheena Holland and held on the first Saturday of every month in Old Blacksmith’s Yard off Sadler Gate.

The event is now backed by Blueprint, which owns the land and properties in the historic courtyard and the Cathedral Quarter BID.

The free event on Saturday, May 3, will be the first to be part of the Cathedral Quarter’s diverse programme of monthly events in the area, spearheaded by the Business Improvement District (BID) to attract more people into the independent retail and cultural heart of the city centre.

Paul Hurst, vice-chairman of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group and owner of the Old Bell Hotel in Sadler Gate has offered additional space in the ballroom at the historic coach house that he is renovating to give additional space for the market and a wet weather option.

And more than 30 stalls are already committed to attend the next market with further space available.

Paul Hurst said: “We are delighted that Sheena Holland’s Vintage, Arts and Food Market has come under the CQ Saturdays banner. This is a successful partnership initiative between a local business, Blueprint who own the land and the BID who are working together for the good of the area.

Stallholders interested in the last remaining spaces for Saturday or for future markets should contact for details.