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New flower market launched in Gloucester inspired by London's world-famous Colombia Road market

By citizenmike  |  Posted: November 13, 2013

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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.

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  • jas37  |  November 14 2013, 1:51PM

    Sam58 This flower Market has apparently been arranged to coincide with the Quays Victorian Christmas Market. It has not been organised by the Quays, it was the idea of one of the smaller traders in the Docks. The Victorian Christmas Market draws huge numbers if visitors to Gloucester from all over the Country, it would be good for as many Gloucester traders to benefit as possible. I'm aware that the Quays put on their Easter event, the Food festival and two events leading up to Christmas. They all seem to be fairly successful, it doesn't appear to be overkill and year by year they seem to attract an increasing amount of people. It would be good to see some of the other big Gloucester businesses putting on their own events as well. It would be good to see this Flower Market grow into a more regular thing. The Docks has a large amount of quality public space that is underused.

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  • Sam58  |  November 14 2013, 12:22PM

    yes that's the event im thinking of jas, yes the Victorian warehouses are lovely, its the blue flats etc i just done think it feels very festive, especially, as i say, when compared to other events locally, the Worcester ones is fantastic id recommend a visit, i think Gloucester-quays needs to be careful about trying to do events for the sake of it though. the food fest is great, i cant personally see this flower market working as there just isn the volume of people, i think Gloucester should concentrate on doing a few events really well, tall ships for example, rather than trying to imitate events of other nearby cities.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  November 14 2013, 11:15AM

    It'll be good to see a flower market like London's one.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  November 14 2013, 11:08AM

    It would be good to see a flpwer market like London's one

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  • jas37  |  November 14 2013, 10:32AM

    Sam58 If you are referring to the Quays Victorian Christmas Market it is located in the Docks as the event is organised, funded etc by the Quays. The setting amongst Victorian Warehouses seems quite appropriate. Once/if the Cathedral project Pilgrim (?) is completed the area in front of the Cathedral would be a suitable venue for this sort of event. I have heard positive reports about the Worcester Fair, will perhaps give it a try.

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  • Sam58  |  November 14 2013, 10:03AM

    we visited the Christmas fair in Gloucester last year, and while it was quite nice, im not sure the setting in the middle of the docks is very festive, if it was in the city center with the older buildings i think that would help, i think this year we will return to the Worcester Christmas fair, it feels more festive for some reason. i do like all the new restaurants at the docks though, a definite improvement

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  • honslknjklyt  |  November 13 2013, 7:16PM

    I don't know what all the fuss is about the docks. I live not too far away but having been there a few times I don't know what is attractive. Just a bit a water with boats on it, last time I was there was one of the boat women on one and checking out all the tourists, fagging it and flicking her ash in the water - not very nice. I would have thought that being as they live on the water for the time they are on one, they would at least respect it, proving they are no different to how people disrespect the earth we occupy.

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  • jas37  |  November 13 2013, 6:51PM

    Well done all concerned. Perhaps this means that The City Council have turned over a new leaf and start to treat the Docks as the huge asset that it is and make a concerted effort bring visitor attractions to the Docks. The Robert Opie Museum would be a good starting point and another similar attraction would be ideal fits for the lower floors of Philpotts and the Lock Warehouse. A Tall Ship berthed in the Main basin would not go a miss either. Could there be a more productive way of using part of "the Tesco fund"?

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