Famous Continental market returns to Leicester


Leicester’s traditional continental market will be open for business this weekend in the city centre.

The market, which is an annual event, is being held on Gallowtree Gate, Humberstone Gate and East Gates, surrounding the clock tower as it continues to grow year-on-year in the city.

Rasmus Perrin, who owns his own traditional Greek meat stall, said: “We all really enjoy coming to Leicester every year but that is the same for wherever we go.”

All of the stalls, which vary between foods and delicacies from different countries, to flower stalls and antique stalls, will travel from city to city during the weeks and months before the busy Christmas period.

Mr Perrin continued: “It is very busy for us but very enjoyable, also. You meet a lot of nice people and that is always good to see.”

Mr Perrin originates from Thessaloniki, Greece, but immigrated to England more than eight years ago to sell his meat produce at continental markets such as this one.

There are stalls available selling a variety of foods from many countries from all over the world, including Poland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Jamaica.

But the market is not just about food. There are stalls selling traditional Dutch flowers, antiques from Russia which include the famous Russian dolls, and a traditional German watering hole selling sizeable tankards of German beer.

This is the fourth time the continental market has visited Leicester, and is set to become a bi-annual event from 2015.

The market will be open on Saturday from 9am until 6pm and on Sunday from 10am until 4pm before moving onto Bolton next week.

Sam Smith