Art gallery and travel specialist jet into summer with cultural night markets

Newcastle art gallery and a luxury travel specialist are setting off on a new journey together by hosting European-inspired night market events over the summer.

The Biscuit Factory – the UK’s largest independent art, craft and design gallery – is partnering with independently owned travel specialist Travel Bureau to host Summer Night Market – an evening shopping and dining experience that spotlights handpicked European destinations. The first event takes place on Thursday 6 July, 6-9pm and looks to Italy for inspiration, with Spain taking centre stage the following month, on Thursday 17 August.

Looking to emulate the atmosphere of a bustling night market, the events will feature a selection of specially curated independent sellers and established brand pop ups, including House of Fraser, Forum Books, Corney and Barrow Wine Merchants, Salisa fashion boutique, All About You Urban Beauty Retreat and Boilerhouse hair salon. Landscape artist Stephen Heward will also be creating a new painting live in the gallery.

Travel Bureau’s own personal travel experts as well as destination specialists from one of their preferred partners, luxury travel company Classic Collection, will be on hand to offer inspiration and advice on visiting each destination.

Alongside the pop up stalls, visitors can explore the gallery’s new summer exhibition, handcrafted homewares and original jewellery while unwinding with a continental beer, antipasti or homemade gelato. Its in-house café The Factory Kitchen will also be hosting Supper Club on Location – a three-course themed menu inspired by the locations featured in both night markets.

The events are free to attend but guests can pre-register online to enter into a prize draw to win luxurious gifts from the pop up stalls.