Credit: Meg Atkinson

Nottingham is hosting its very own ‘ay-up’ market this weekend, where city based, independent retailers and creatives have set up an array of stalls, accompanied with live music and food.

The market runs from Friday to Sunday in the heart of the city, Market Square and also at Sneinton Market Avenues on the Saturday.

Independent business owner, Edwina Kung, trading at the market.

Nottingham’s independent districts have long been established in the former industrial areas and tucked away side streets of the city.

Visit Nottinghamshire says some of the most exciting and unique places to shop are in these offbeat locations, where Nottingham’s “true personality shines through”.

The Mistry Box, an independent handmade jeweller from Nottingham shared a TikTok of their stall:

With Nottingham aiming to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK by 2028, there has never been a better time to shop sustainably, in Nottingham’s independent businesses.


Credit: Meg Atkinson


No Homer’s Deli, a 100% vegan butchers who has a stall at the market this weekend, shared what he thought independent businesses mean to Nottingham.


Nottingham is the top city for small business growth at 34% compared to the wider economy at 2%

Nottingham is in the top ten cities for owning and supporting independent businesses

Nottingham makes the top 3 for independent retail

Listen to the full radio package on the Ay-up market by CBJ’s Erin Chastney here: