5 reasons to pop into Huddersfield this weekend

There are lots of reasons to go to Huddersfield over the weekend of 10 and 11 October: Over 40 young entrepreneurs are taking over empty premises in the town centre to sell their creative products and showcase their talents, and the whole town is coming out to support them with extra opening hours and street entertainment.

1. Alternative market

We are providing two empty shops – the former Rawcliffe Uniform Shop on Byram Street, and the former Gallery Estate Agents on New Street – for the young people to use. The New Street premises is being co-ordinated by Huddersfield University students from the Duke of York Enterprise Centre and the Byram Street shop will host stallholders from the Alternative Youth Market.

2. Vintage fair

On Saturday 10 October there will also be a Vintage Fair in Byram Arcade.
On Sunday 11 October Byram Arcade and Queensgate Market will both be open with a number of independent businesses who usually close on Sundays. It is also Upmarket Sunday At Huddersfield Open Market so there will also be lots of artisan stalls selling unique and locally produced food and crafts as well as a real cider bar. Shoppers will be entertained by live jazz music

3.  Street entertainment

On the Piazza, Market Place and Byram Street, young musicians and artists will be performing between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday – a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy some local talent from circus skills to live music.

4. Pop-up stalls

Queensgate Market is also providing use of its Events Zone to students from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy based at Kirklees College, students from Upper Batley High School as well as space for more of the Alternative Market stallholders in other pop-up locations in the market.

5. Competition

On Saturday two of the young entrepreneurs taking part will be chosen by a judging panel to go forward to represent Huddersfield in the National TestTown final early in the New Year. One of the finalists from the 10 towns will be awarded a £10,000 grant to support their business.

Cllr Peter McBride,  our Cabinet Member for Transportation, Jobs, Skills and Regional Affairs said:

I have seen some of the young stallholders at the Alternative Markets, that have taken place over the past 12 months, and they are running some truly creative and inspiring businesses, and I am looking forward to seeing them in the town centre premises over the weekend.

I am equally looking forward to seeing the town centre almost fully open on the Sunday. The monthly Upmarket is a lovely place to visit and by adding the extra independent shops, Byram Arcade and Queensgate Market it will make the shopping experience so much better.”

The weekend is part of TestTown 2015 with Huddersfield being one of 10 UK towns taking part in one of Britain’s biggest regeneration challenges to help create a new wave of responsible young entrepreneurs, lower unemployment and simultaneously boost local regeneration.

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