New independent market with local sellers coming to Liverpool

A new independent market is heading to south Liverpool over May bank holiday weekend, at a time when local businesses need support more than ever.

The market gives shoppers a chance to not only buy local, but to meet the people behind items too, with stalls run by creators, makers and designers.

The Romans Market, based on the site of Merseyside Police Sports & Social Club on Otterspool Promenade, is themed as an alternative to modern day shopping both on and offline and aims to transport people to the atmosphere, sights and sounds of ancient Roman markets.

30 local traders will be offering art, upcycled furnishings, candles, donuts, home decor, condiments, flowers, clothes, books, dog cakes, beauty products and much more.

Customers will also be able to enjoy an array of street food, via table service, from local vendors as they browse.

Joe Clarke, founder of The Romans, said: “With a unique and immense open air site overlooking the River Mersey, we decided to create a new market to support local independent businesses and bring back the old fashioned values of trading face to face and to nurture community spirit”.

Among the traders are Knotty Potty, which offers unusually decorated terracotta pots and It’s All About The Dog, which creates healthy homemade treats for dogs.

The market will take place on May 1 and 2
The market will take place on May 1 and 2
(Image: The Romans Market)

Social distancing will be in place for customers, including a one-way stall system and outdoor seating, where people can enjoy street food, coffees and home made cakes, as well as live acoustic performances from local musicians.

The venue is part of Merseyside Police Sports & Social Association (MPSSA), located by the Sitting Bull Statue on Otterspool promenade, which offers views over the River Mersey.

A spokesperson for MPSSA said: “We are delighted to be working with The Romans to host such a unique event and support local Merseyside businesses.”

The market will run from Saturday, May 1 – Sunday, May 2, from 10am to 4pm.

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Customers can register on arrival or online for a chance to win £100 worth of vouchers to be spent on the market stalls.

More information and registration at

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