FLOWER traders from London’s famous Colombia Road market are setting up stalls at a trial run of Gloucester’s new flower market.
The new flower market will be held in the Main Basin of Gloucester Docks on Saturday, November 23.
If it is successful it could spur on a new monthly market from spring 2014.
The market is the brainchild of Docks trader David Purchase, who runs the nearby Toast cafe.
He said: “This will be a test market but ideally we would like to launch it properly next year in the springtime.
“I am pleased that the idea is finally coming together and I am glad that everyone is behind it. It is all about attracting more visitors to our Docks and the city centre.”
The market will coincide with a Victorian market at the neighbouring Gloucester Quays site where dozens of stall holders from around the region will be attending for the two-day event. It is expected to attract some 125,000 visitors.
Running alongside both markets will be another Victorian market in the Gate streets, also taking place over two days.
Organisers are promising to bring out all of the ‘smells, tastes and sounds’ of Victorian times.
Music, dance, juggling, stilt walkers and magicians will be on hand. There will be a Victorian bobby on patrol to keep everybody in order.
Barry Leach, chairman of the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, said: “This should be a fun weekend as the city dentre, Docks and Quays goes Victorian.
“These markets are not only giving a trading opportunity to well established traders but also allowing any would be small businesses to take their first steps to test their products.”
“Our night markets may in the longer term persuade Gate street shops and cafes to stay open that little bit longer into the early evening. Time will tell.”
The weekend market extravaganza will be preceded by another night market on Thursday, November 17 in the Gate streets to coincide with the switching on of the city’s Christmas lights and a lantern parade through the streets.