Grainger Market Bag

Next time you’re around Newcastle, look out for people carrying the Grainger Market bag. It’s a reusable bag made of jute.

You can buy the bags from the Weigh House on Alley 2.

They cost £2 each. Please note the bags are produced by Newcastle City Council.

Family fun in he Grainger Market this October half-term



There’s a whole series of events arranged for year Grainger Market this half-term!

1950s Grainger Market Festival
Newcastle City Council has arranged a series of events to take place between 28 October and 1 November. The events are all themed around the 1950s and include a visit from the staff and volunteers of Beamish Museum and a 1950s tea dance.

You can pick up a flyer from the Grainger Market for more information.

Newcastle University’s Street Science Team
Come and explore science, technology, engineering and maths hands-on on Wednesday 30 October in the Grainger Market. All thanks to Newcastle University’s street scientists. Great fun!

If you’re walking around the Grainger Market on Thursday 31 October you might just see some spooky creatures and costumes as some of the traders dress up for the day! Which outfit will be your favourite?

You’ll also find a huge range of Hallowe’en products in the Grainger Market. From cakes to fancy dress, face paints to pumpkins, jewellery to accessories.

Grainger Market Story #4

Read the fourth story in our series, this one has been written by our cousin Alanah McMahon.

You can also read Alanah’s story on our Web site!

Why I love the Grainger Market

I didn’t know all that much about the Grainger Market until my cousin, Vicky, opened a shop here. But since then, what a find!?

I had this impression from years back that it was all about butchers and vegetables, but how wrong was I? As you wander down the alleyways you pass by shop after shop. Are you looking for books? Perfect. Are you looking for dance wear? No problem! There’s quality products from food and drink to shoes and clothes! The pizza from Slice on Alley 4 is to die for. The coffee from Pumphrey’s is excellent; I can recommend the Bigg Market blend. Looking for a locally brewed craft beer? You need go no further than the newly opened shop, glug… in the Grainger Arcade. And if you like Dr Marten’s shoes, you must stop by Scorpio Shoes. The list goes on and on, and I haven’t even mentioned my cousin’s custom-designed jewellery!

And the service is fantastic, too. Imagine walking into a shop and the shopkeeper knows your name? It’s like having a personal shopper in every shop you visit! I’ve never found anywhere that’s better for personal service.

As a student it’s ideal for me as well. There’s a mix of big name brands and local, independent shops. It’s good to see money spent locally being used locally and staying within the North East’s economy, especially in these troubled times. And with over 100 different shops, there’s plenty of choice.

The reason I discovered the Grainger Market again was because of my cousin’s shop, but since then I’ve been addicted. I’m still amazed at how much the Grainger Market has changed in recent years.

Come and see why I love the Grainger Market, you won’t be disappointed.

Take a look at some of the great things you can buy in the Grainger Market


There’s jewellery from our shop, VJW Jewellery

There’s beers from around the world and closer to home from glug…

And this funky greetings card featuring a cover from New Yorker magazine from Grainger Cards

Kohlrabi available from T E Liddell

This jaffa cupcake from the Pet Lamb Girls

An dance wear from Millennium Dance

Your Grainger Market Story #3

I can remember coming to the Grainger Market as a little girl.

My mother would bring me every Friday, and I still visit on a Friday now! She had a regular pattern of shops to visit for the weekly shopping, and afterwards we used to make our way across the road to the now-disappeared Green Market.

Times have changed a lot in the last 70 years, but the Grainger Market building itself hasn’t actually changed that much structurally over that time. It’s good to see that while many markets have come and gone, the Grainger Market itself has kept going and is indeed thriving.

What has changed, though, is the quality and varied range of products available in the Grainger Market. It’s a must visit place when I come into town precisely because it has such a variety of interesting shops. Everything you can’t get in the main shops on the High Street, I find you can always get in the Grainger Market! My favourite shops are the craft stalls, there’s a wool stall, a craft stall and of course this shop!

Friendly people, happy faces, what more could you want from shopping!

Read this story on VJW Jewellery’s Web site

Your Grainger Market Story #2, by W. Corbett

A story all about our postman, Mr Corbett.

“I’ve only recently become the postman who delivers letters and other mail to the Grainger Market’s businesses. Our postal rounds were being re-organised a little while back, and I knew
that this was the round that I wanted!”

“Everyday I get to speak to lovely people. It’s fun watching the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the Grainger Market.”

But his connection doesn’t stop there. We were talking one day and he told me he is a keen family historian. We were talking about his brother and it turns out his brother, Jim Corbett is an author who writes books on World War Two air craft crashes.

And where can you find his brother’s book? Well, they’re as popular as ever and you can find them in the Grainger Market, at Robinson’s Bookstore on Alley 2!

“I remember my dad bringing me to Robinson’s Bookstore as a child, it’s fantastic that I can see my brother’s book in there when I visit nowadays!”

Books by J. Corbett
Air Crash Northumbria

Read this Grainger Market story on VJW Jewellery’s Web site.

Your Grainger Market Story #1, by Hannah Crew

“The Grainger Market is like a wonderful little oasis of home in the middle of a big busy city far away from the only home I was used to. I have never been much of a city-dweller so finding this lovely big old market here when I moved away from the Welsh village I’d grown up in was a god-send.

It’s a home away from home which bursts at the seems with character and charm. The sights, the sounds and the people make this place what it is with it’s rows of fish mongers, book shops, arts n’ crafts, fruit & veg and butchers. It is the people who make a place and every time I sit down in the market with a cup of tea I end up having a conversation with a stranger which makes my day. There’s no better place to do my grocery shopping!

When my Stepdad was a young lad he used to work on Saturdays at one of the market’s butchers 50 years ago and was delighted to return when I moved here. He set out on his personal mission to find where he worked as a lad with a bag of Chocolate Chewing Nuts while my mother and I went coffee hunting and bought wonderful dressed crabs fresh out of the north sea.”

Read this Grainger Market story on VJW Jewellery’s Web site

Love Your Local Market 2013 in the Grainger Market


15 – 29 May 2013

Help us celebrate everything that’s great about the Grainger Market! We’re been asking you why you love the Grainger Market, and we’ve put them together into a series of ‘market stories’. They are on display in our shop and on our Web site!

Love Your Local Market in our shop, VJW Jewellery
You can also join in with the fun! You can pop into our shop and read your stories and memories of the Grainger Market. You can find us i(VJW Jewellery) n the Arcade part of the Grainger Market, where the cafes are. We’re next door to Scorpio Shoes, Fantastic Toys and Robinson’s Pet Stores.

Love Your Local Market on our Web site

You can also read about the campaign on the special section we’ve created on our Web site for Love Your Local Market 2013.

Click here to visit our special Love Your Local Market 2013 section

We also post our latest photographs on there, too! And if you’ve got a Grainger Market story you’d like to share, send us and e-mail and we may include in our series! Our e-mail address is .

Follow the fun on Twitter

We’re posting updates, photos, links and stories about Love Your Local Market 2013 on our profile on Twitter. You can find us at: @vjwjewellery.

There’s also the profiles on Twitter for the official Love Your Local Market feed @loveurlocalmkt and for the organiser, Mrs Market UK @mrsmarketuk.

You can also search for the Love Your Local Market hashtag #lylm2013 to see what others are posting about the campaign!

Love Your Local Market 2013


Love Your Local Market 2013

And the fun starts next week! From 15 May for the following fortnight its the perfect opportunity to celebrate everything that’s great about markets up and down the country!

As our shop is in Newcastle’s Grainger Market, we’ve been collecting your stories and memories of the Grainger Market, as well as a few of our own. We’ll display them on our Web site and in our shop during Love Your Local Market fortnight. We’ve also asked our customers what they love most about the Grainger Market and we have collated the results on a special poster we’ll show in our shop.

Ways you can get involved
If you’ve never been to your local market, now is a great time to discover it! In the Grainger Market there’s over 100 shops who’d love to meet you!

VJW Jewellery
We’ve got a series of ‘market stories’ we’ve collected from friends, family and customers telling us why they love the Grainger Market. We’ve also created a special section on our Web site where we’ve put them as well. You can find it at:

Twitter profiles and hashtags
You can follow the co-ordinators of the scheme on Twitter! Their profiles are @mrsmarketuk and @loveurlocalmkt.

Or you can search for the hashtag #lylm2013, which is being used throughout this year’s Love Your Local Market fortnight.