“The Cardiff Market late-night events bring in a lot of youth into the market” — every other month for one Thursday, the market will stay open until 9 pm.
Cardiff Market late-night events will open for one Thursday night every other month. The market will be staying open for longer than the usual closing time of 5.30 pm, following the success of late-night events last year.
The market extended its opening hours twice in 2019. Cardiff shoppers and tourists alike will be able to buy goods from several stalls late into the evening and enjoy DJ sets and pop-up artwork sales.
Cardiff local Margaret Huws says: “This news is great for the people of Cardiff, we love the market. I love stocking up on laverbread and Welsh cakes! I’m not surprised the market is doing this again, my friends and I will be making a night of the event.”
Secret Garden Florist will also be open on March 26th. They source seasonal flowers and foliage from trusted flower farms around the world. They thrive on creating that something different to brighten someone’s day.
Worker Kelly Bridgeman says that the market’s later closing time attracts more young people: “The Cardiff Market late-night events bring in a lot of youth into the market. We’ve got our old faithful oldies coming into the market because they’ve been doing it for years. Still, it’s bringing in the younger generation to the night market and slowly lots more food stores.
“The younger generation loves coffee and authentic food stores for Instagram shots. The market is changing. It is coming more for the younger generations.
The business thrives on creating something different to brighten someone’s day. Bridgeman says: “I love the market because of independent shopping, local support in local suppliers. I find the quality of the products in the market is much better than you get in supermarkets.”
Under one glass roof, you will find a buzzing market, filled with local independent businesses. Products range from traditional Welsh cuisine to artisan coffee and street food; vintage; fruit and veg to a psychic medium.
Cardiff Market is a well-loved part of the Cardiffian culture and a hub of activity for the city’s shoppers. Since 1975 the market has been a Grade II listed building treasured by the masses.
Owner of Kelly’s Records, Allan Parkins spoke about his experiences of the night market: “For the night market, we opened twice last year, which was highly successful. The first night market, there was an artist that had all the stuff she did on display, so that attracted a particular crowd. It was brilliant.
“The second we had Rod, one of my employees, do the eighties disco, which was fantastic. For the next market, I’m hoping for Louise the market’s manager to think up some theme.”
Parkins has been manager of the UK’s oldest secondhand record store for 29 years: “I was born in Cardiff. I love the city. The market is an icon in the middle of Cardiff central. It used to be just fruit and veg but now has diversified. We have been here for over 50 years, so we are one of the core businesses in the market.
“Cardiff is a vibrant city which has changed dramatically since the 70s. We get customers from students to children to grandparents, as we cover all genres in the store and the market has something for everyone.”