Watford Market opened its doors after hours last week and welcomed over 600 town centre visitors to its first-ever night event ‘Market Lates’ organised by Watford Borough Council and Market Asset Management on 3 September.
Set to a soundtrack of live music reminiscent of a relaxed festival vibe from local and national performers including Tom Craven, Sam Winston, Soraya Ray and George Styles, the first ‘Market Lates’ took place on Friday 3 September and included delicious street food and drinks from around the globe between 5.30pm to 10pm, to help bring the Market to life, by night.
Making the most of its covered outdoor space and offering a feast for the eyes, ears and the belly, the market’s popular food stalls rustled up delicacies to delight taste buds, including Caribbean, Asian and Korean street food. Visitors were able to enjoy the special ambience of market dining and were treated to a menu of fresh dishes plus drinks in the covered casual dining space.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “The Market Lates event was a big success. It was a great opportunity for people to discover some of the market’s popular traders, whilst enjoying a night out with friends and family. The event definitely brought colour and light to the streets of Watford and enhanced the town’s night-time economy. Lots of people have been asking me when will this be happening again and I’m really looking forward to attending future events.”
Charlie Smith, who visited Market Lates said: “A fantastic event and a great way to spend a Friday night. Family friendly with great music, food and drinks from the small businesses of Watford.”
A Friday night out with a difference, the event supported the local economy by promoting local businesses and celebrating home grown artistic talent with the entertainment on offer. It also gave visitors the opportunity to socialize in a different and more relaxed market environment, with the opportunity to see some of the improvements that have been made to the area, including new signage and planting, communal seating areas and some new traders.
Future events will be held throughout the year and will be advertised on the council’s and market social media channels and website. For more information, please visit www.watfordmarket.co.uk or follow the dedicated social media channels on Facebook and Instagram @watfordtownmarket.