Darlington Pease Pudding Night Market wins NABMA

First published: Monday 03 Feb 2020

The Market Asset Management team are celebrating having scooped a prestigious national award for ‘Best Small Speciality Market’ at the NABMA conference for the Pease Pudding Markets held in Darlington town centre last year

Market Asset Management (MAM), the operators of Darlington Markets and the historic market hall in the heart of Darlington, launched two new markets in Darlington last year, the monthly Farmers Market and the Pease Pudding Night Market during the spring and summer.

The summer months saw the new night market take over the market square one a month, attracting families and visitors into the town centre, where they enjoyed mouth-wateringly delicious streetfood while live music and street artists entertained them. 

With support and input from Darlington Borough Council and the Town Centre Events Team, the Pease Pudding Night Markets grew from strength to strength over the year.

Darlington’s Pease Pudding Night Market was chosen by NABMA (the National Association of British Markets Authorities) to win the Best Small Speciality Market 2020 Award, fighting off strong entries from events across the country.

We are proud of the work undertaken by our team to make the Pease Pudding Night Market a safe, fun and enjoyable summer event, and would like to thank Darlington Borough Council for working in partnership with us to deliver an award-winning market.

MAM Director, Hayden Ferriby said “The concept of creating a night market in the town centre was an exciting project, bringing footfall into the town centre and stimulating the evening economy. We are very pleased by the response from the visitors enjoying this new event. Our team here at Darlington are looking forward to delivering more dates for 2020.”

The markets team have programmed an exciting range of returning and new events for 2020. The aim is to continue developing the markets offer for the town and Tees Valley. Adding some more creative events such as a Wool Fair and Art Market.

The next new event is on 29th February with a Wool Fair, with the Farmers Market restarting after the winter break on Sunday 1st March 2020. Returning this year with regular dates also include the Vegan Markets and Record Fair and the 3rd Food and Drink Festival 1-3rd May 2020, which won an award at last year’s awards day.

We look for local and regional traders for our events to support our local economy and businesses while showcasing what the region has to offer. Anybody looking to start out in a new business should consider market trading, as a great way to connect with customers and launch their products at our events, getting in touch with Darlington Market is the first step to a retail business.”

Councillor Heather Scott, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said:

“This is wonderful news, well done to Darlington Markets. The Pease Pudding market proved to be really popular last year and offered a unique dining and shopping experience in the centre of town; taking advantage of the lighter nights. I’m looking forward to seeing it return in April and also to the full programme of events on offer for the rest of the year at the market and throughout the town.”

If you would be interested in being part in any of Darlington Market events please email Alex at: alex.nicholson@marketassetmanagement.com


2020 Events Listing

Wool Festival Saturday 29th February 2020 10am – 4pm

Farmers Market 1st March 10am – 3pm

Visiting International Markets 2-8th March Monday - Sunday

Record Fair 28th March 10am – 4pm

Farmers Market 5th April 10am – 3pm

Vegan Festival 25th April 10am – 4pm

Pease Pudding 2nd April 4-9pm

F&D Festival 1-3rd May 2020

Pease Pudding VE Street Party 7th May 12-9pm

Visiting International Markets 1-10th May Friday - Sunday

Artisan/Crafts Market Sat 16th May - Arts Festival 10am – 4pm

Pease Pudding 4th June 4pm – 9pm

Farmers Market 7th June 10am -3pm

Record Fair 20th June 10am – 4pm

Pease Pudding 2nd July 4pm – 9pm

Farmers Market 5th July 10am - 3pm

Visiting International Markets 7-12th July Monday - Sunday

Vegan Festival 18th July 10am – 4pm

Artisan/Crafts Market Saturday 1st August 10am – 4pm

Farmers Market 2nd August 10am – 3pm

Pease Pudding 6th August 4pm – 9pm

Pease Pudding 3rd September 4pm – 9pm

Darlington Honey Show 26th September 10am  -4pm

Farmers Market 6th September 10am – 3pm

Visiting International Markets 8-12 September Tuesday - Saturday

Vegan Festival 17th October 10am – 4pm

Farmers Market 4th October 10m -3pm

Record Fair 21st November 10am -4pm

Xmas Markets Friday 4th - Sun 6th December 2020 

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