Nostalgic memories of childhood days gone by will be invoked, as Brighton Open Market celebrates its first birthday on Sat 18 July. There will be an extravaganza of fun stuff, including free face painting, free gifts, live entertainment and an amazing four lane Scalextric track getting the pulses racing, all running alongside the regular Saturday market.
“The market will be full of cars, balloons, music and laughter – plus hummus, ice cream and haberdashery,” said Events Manager Pete Fijalkowski. “The Scalextric cars have come along a bit since my day. You can change lanes these days to overtake and block your opponent, so you can bring out your inner Lewis Hamilton or Dick Dastardly, depending on how you’re feeling!”
The birthday celebrations continue every Saturday throughout the summer, with a new programme of varied events including the Borough market-style ‘Deli Licious’ debuting on Sat 25 July. The ‘Raw Health’ event on Sat 1 Aug starts a month of food, craft and vintage fairs, as well as further Scalextric sessions.
The summer’s festivities also include a series of Friday children’s events throughout the summer holidays, starting with The Fairy Tale Fair children’s day on Fri 24 July, with a new mid-week farmer’s food market starting on Wed 22 July.
Re-opening in 2014 after a multi-million pound redevelopment, London Road Open Market is different every week, whilst housing over 50 permanent shops, cafes and galleries you can always rely upon.