Stockton's first evening market of the year heads to the Town Centre next week bringing with it sights, smells, tastes of the orient – and even a dragon boat!
Stalls selling oriental gifts as well as Chinese arts and crafts will line Silver Street, just off the High Street. Visitors can have their name transferred onto a bookmark by a Chinese calligrapher, children can have a great time making their own piece of origami and paper cutting with Chinese artist Lip Lee, or watching the award-winning Six Harmonies Lion Dance Crew perform throughout the evening.
Members of Powerhouse Dragonboat Racing Club will also be joining the fun as they bring their racing boat to the market. The traditional Chinese racing vessel will be decorated as a spectacular fiery dragon with drumming on board to entertain the crowd and people will be invited to take part in the club’s ERGO Challenge, a fun off-water paddling activity.
Visitors will also be able to buy a range of tempting oriental dishes such as Thai noodle street pots and other traditional dishes. Shoppers at The Pottery Pen, also located on Silver Street, will have the opportunity to enjoy a hot drink and paint their own noodle bowl to take home for just £5 and small studio fee of £1.50.
The market will take place on Thursday 8 May from 6pm to 9pm. It is the first evening market in Stockton Council’s specialist market programme on offer in Stockton Town Centre throughout the year.
Silver Street boasts a number of independent shops which will be open during the market. Parking is free after 6pm in Stockton Council car parks.
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “Come and enjoy the first evening market of the year. The oriental market will line Silver Street with stalls offering the best from the exotic Far East. This free event offers shopping, cuisine and you can even try your hand at making origami and other traditional crafts for free.
“Bring the kids, lets them experience the crafts and delight as they try their hand at some oriental traditions. What’s more the independent shops on Silver Street will be open so come and see for yourself all Stockton has to offer.”
For more information about the diverse range of specialist markets coming to Stockton this year visit www.stockton.gov.uk/specialistmarkets