31 Oct St George’s Market – Belfast
Best Large Indoor Market
St George’s Market has won a number of other awards, including the Camping and Caravanning Club’s ‘Eat Local’ Award 2008 and Most Atmospheric UK Market, the Observer 2006.
£3.5 million was invested in its refurbishment in 1999 and we have invested £100,000 each year since. On average, £316,200 is spent at St George’s each weekend. With 180 permanent and 20 casual traders, we have a 100% occupancy rate on Fridays and Saturdays and 92.5% on Sundays.
Our Traders sell local produce, helping reduce environmental impacts and our recycling increased 10% to over 80% 2012. We pride ourselves on community engagement, programming free live local music and family friendly activities, and partnering in Belfast Restaurant Week as well as with community groups to run cultural and sporting events including boxing and the Holi Festival.
WHAT MAKES THIS MARKET GREAT
St George’s Market dates back to Victorian times. Owned and operated by Belfast City Council, you’ll find a buzzing market there every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The ‘Market of the Year’ competition(now The Great British Market Awards) is intended to showcase some of the best markets in the United Kingdom.The judges are looking for markets that are a vital part of the local community and markets that demonstrate vibrancy and good working relationships between management and traders.
Sustaining 385 jobs, attracting approximately 600,000 visitors a year (30% out of state) and generating an estimated £16.5 million per annum for the Belfast economy, St George’s Market fulfils all these objectives. It’s also regarded as one of Belfast’s great attractions.