Sadler’s Yard, Manchester’s newest public square, is a space which brings the area to life through a diverse range of events, from markets to yoga.
Market days start early, the first hour is spent bringing out the bespoke market stalls, benches and bits and pieces of furniture all made in the workshop, into Sadler’s Yard – NOMA likes making things. Before long, everything is assembled and it’s time for a slow black coffee at PLANT.
By about 8am, the first staff at The Pilcrow pub arrive and start the music pumping through their outside speakers, signalling the start of another exciting event day. By 10am, after the first DJ’s and food trucks roll in, thoughts naturally turn to lunch. Sadler’s Yard events always feature some of the best street food traders from Manchester and further afield. And there’s always a great selection of craft ales to wash it down with courtesy of The Pilcrow.
Typically, at 11am the first members of the public arrive at Sadler’s Yard. It’s quite usual to see people adventuring from across Manchester to see what’s happening at this hidden square in the centre of the city. You can travel by tram, train or bus thanks to both Victoria Train Station and Shudehill Transport Interchange being just a stone’s throw away. It’s a very short stroll from the Northern Quarter or Exchange Square too.
There’s a different kind of feel to this place. It’s a bit like a village, because everybody seems to know everybody. The man that built The Pilcrow’s bar top has now turned his hand to perfecting pizzas and can often be found here, and people that have come along to pottery workshops are familiar faces pitched up in the pub. People that are seen as suited executives marching through Sadler’s Yard during the week are now looking relaxed, sat around, soaking up the atmosphere with their families. And NOMA love it when people bring their dogs too!
Events at Sadler’s Yard are always different, but each one features all of the following elements; food, beer, produce, craft, workshops and live music. This is the golden rule and if all these elements are in place people will be having a good time, whether it’s an evening cinema event, dog show, monthly market, or the annual Sadler’s Yard Summer Jam.
So why not give Sadler’s Yard a look and see what’s on? And if you can’t make it to one of the event days, then make sure you at least swing by for a quick drink and a snack at The Pilcrow.