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Ay-Up Market 2024!


This year’s celebration of independent, Nottingham-based retailers and creatives will take place in Old Market Square from Friday 26 April to Sunday 28 April 2024 and promises to be even bigger and better than previous years!

Posted: Apr 2024

The Ay-Up Market is a great opportunity to discover new and unique items, support local businesses, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the city. Over 60 independent stallholders will be taking part this year, offering a variety of products such as freshly baked goods, sweet treats, fine wine and liquors, vintage clothing, plants, skincare, homeware, arts, and crafts, handmade jewellery and pet accessories.

Visitors to the market can browse and shop at their leisure, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling market.

Click here to find out who's trading at this year's Ay-Up Market.

The event is not just about shopping, though. There will be an exciting program of live music from the main stage, arranged by Trekkah. In addition to the live music, there will also be group performances from the Nottingham Asian Arts Council, City Arts, and the Brazilian Culture Centre showcasing a range of cultural art forms.

The Ay-Up Market is a family-friendly event with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. You can enjoy traditional hook-a-duck, a candy-floss cart, free face painting, balloon modelling, and craft workshops.

When it comes to food and drink, the Ay-Up Market has something for everyone. You can taste cuisines from around the world, including Malaysia and Sri Lanka, with food traders such as the award-winning Syiok-Lah, Colombo Street, MemSaab, and Spice Cay. You can also indulge in tasty treats from The Pudding Pantry and The Wandering Tea Company.

For those who prefer something a little stronger, Blue Monkey Brewery will be serving their award-winning beers, spirits, and other refreshments.

Whether you're looking to treat yourself, buy gifts for friends and family, or simply enjoy a free, fun day out, the Ay-Up Market is definitely worth checking out!

The Ay-Up Market will be open from –

Friday 26 April - 11am to 6pm

Saturday 27 April - 10am to 6pm

Sunday 28 April - 10am to 5pm

And whilst you're here enjoying the bustling market, check out all the wonderful places in Nottingham city centre where you can shop independent.

Travelling to Ay-Up Market

Travelling into the city as a group or a family? Nottingham City Transport's Grouprider ticket will be on offer for £7 in the NCTX Buses App only during the Ay-Up Market days and covers up to 5 people (minimum 1 adult, maximum 2 adults) for unlimited travel for the day in the City Zone.

The discounted ticket can be purchased in the "NCT Partners" tab of Mobile Tickets, no discount code required. Tickets must be used on the 26, 27 and 28 April 2024. 

Alternatively, adult single tickets are just £2 one way.

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Whether you're a fan of shopping, a foodie, looking for a great night out or things to do: our app will point you in the right direction and help you enjoy your time in our city.

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