A brand new shopping event is coming to the Exhibition Centre Liverpool this month (28 October) as GoodMarket XL invites visitors to discover more than 130 independents during a giant celebration of artisan makers.
Combining shopping with entertainment, GoodMarket XL, will see visitors enjoy food and drinks from artisan producers whilst exploring art, prints, homeware, local craft drinks, clothing, accessories and gifts from a carefully curated collection of independent pop-ups. There will also be live music and DJ sets from Good Market resident DJs Coffee and Turntables.
The event, supported by Hugh Baird College, is free to attend and will be jam-packed with artisan makers and businesses including Wexbaby, Skyn Bakery, The Octopus Garden, JG Illustrations, Bean Coffee and Turncoat Gin, as well social traders from BlaST.
Independents such as Pawdrobe HQ, Neon Moon Pet Boutique and Frenchie Fancies will also be showcasing their latest treats and accessories for pampered pooches, while The Storybarn will be keeping children entertained with reading and craft sessions throughout the day.
Those looking to unleash their own creativity can take part in one of the interactive workshops on offer such as seasonal scents candle making with Kip Candle Co, bouquet making with A Slower Space and limoncello and cocktail masterclasses with Zest.
Organisers of GoodMarket XL, Alex and Rebekah Frech, who also run the city’s regular Good Market events, are looking forward to expanding their much-loved pop-up shopping experience into a full-day event at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
Speaking ahead of GoodMarket XL, Alex said: “We’re both extremely passionate about our city, the creative talent here and our local independents so to be putting on a shopping experience of this scale at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool is incredibly exciting.
“Our Good Market events are always very popular and we can’t wait to bring over 130 artisan makers and producers together under one roof for a celebration of creative talent and our biggest pop-up market yet. This super-sized event promises to be a great day out for anyone who likes to shop with independents, so whether you’re on the lookout for a new piece of art, a quirky gift or you’re planning to start your Christmas shopping early, I’m sure you’ll find something special at GoodMarket XL.”
Rachael Hennigan, Principal and Chief Executive of Hugh Baird College, added: “Hugh Baird College is proud to partner with GoodMarket XL.
“At Hugh Baird College, we offer full and part-time courses for people of all ages who want to advance their career, change direction, or enhance their skill set, and we are excited to showcase these to the community. Together with GoodMarket XL, we are not just celebrating creativity and innovation but also the shared ethos that education and community go hand in hand.”
Tickets for GoodMarket XL are available free of charge with a limited number of VIP passes on offer (£10 per person), which include a complimentary glass of fizz by Think Wine and a goodie bag. For tickets and further information, please visit goodmarketxl.co.uk or follow @goodmarket_xl on Instagram.