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Enjoy an Evening of Street Food, Real Ale and Art at Leeds Night Market

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

End September with an evening of fun and food at Leeds Night Market.

Leeds Night Market

Leeds Night Market is taking over Leeds University Union this September, with food, drink and loads of activities.

To celebrate their £20 million renovation, Leeds University Union will open their doors for a very special event this September. Leeds Night Market is an evening for everyone, not just University of Leeds students, so block out Thursday 28th September 2017 in your diary and head to their campus for an evening of street food, booze and art.

One of the Night Market’s organisers, George Hartshorn, told us how the event has come about, “We wanted to let Leeds know it’s not just a place for students. We have regular festivals, gigs, comedy, theatre and so much more, so we’re opening our doors for everyone to see. This will be the first night market in its current form. We ran one inside our venues in March as a trial run, but for this one we’re pulling out all the stops and taking over our precinct with 6 traders and a fully licensed bar, as well as 4 of our venues inside.”

Leeds Night Market

There’s plenty to make the most of and you should definitely come hungry, as they’ve got an impressive selection of street food for you to tuck into. Enjoy award-winning Mumbai street food with Ruby’s Street Kitchen, Mexican tacos courtesy of El Marchador or vegetarian eats thanks to The Grub and Grog Shop.

Once you’ve had a bite to eat, head over to the Riley Smith Hall for the Affordable Art Market. They’re teaming up with &/Or Emporium, the folk behind the Veg Out Cafe and the Arctic Bazaar, to make it happen. Over 30 local artists will be in attendance, the majority of which are current or former students of the University of Leeds. You’ll be able to walk away with everything from prints to jewellery, and all the money goes directly to the artists.

Old Bar at Leeds University Union, The Otley Run


Throughout the rest of September, Leeds University Union will be hosting The Yorkshire Festival in the Old Bar, which acts as a three week celebration of the best real ales, cider and wines from around God’s Own Country. Sup brews from the likes of Yorkshire Heart, Ilkley and Kirkstall, as well as their very own 2:1 Ale, brewed with Bad Seed Brewery. The Old Bar will be open all night on Thursday 28th September 2017 so you can treat yourself to a beer or two.

Prefer gin or prosecco? Make a beeline for the one-night-only Terrace Bar Gin and Prosecco Pop-up instead. Choose from four different varieties of gin, Tanqueray 10, Hendrick’s, Portobello Road and Bloom Gin, which you can pair with a Fentiman’s tonic. They’ll have plenty of bubbly instead if that’s more your thing and they’re enlisting the skills of the LUU Jazz and Blues Society to play tunes all evening too.

There is one part of the evening that you will have to book ahead for though. Pyramid Cinema Club are putting on a special screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – it’s £7 for adults and £5 for kids. Once you’ve sorted your ticket, you can look forward to the Pyramid Cafe being turned into its very own Chocolate Factory – they’re going to have a chocolate fountain, chocolate drinks and a sweetie bar to make the most of before the film starts.

With local bands, a Yorkshire-themed pub quiz and a cocktail making workshop to boot, the Leeds Night Market is all set to be one heck of an evening. Here’s hoping it’s the first of many…

Leeds Night Market takes place at Leeds University Union on Thursday 28th September 2017 from 5pm until 10pm. Free entry.