Saturday 7th Oct 2023

11am – 5pm

Curated Market of local makers and producers, plus FREE African drumming workshops on the day!
Be inspired by a range of talented local makers + craftspeople. Stalls throughout the Arcade for you to browse and buy


October is Black History Month and we have a special event in the Arcade on Saturday 7th, to celebrate the diversity of business ownership within our community, in particular focusing on local Black and women-owned makers and producers. The theme for this year’s UK Black History Month is ‘Saluting Our Sisters’ and we will be displaying large posters showcasing remarkable Black women throughout the Arcade in the build-up to the event.

Stalls will line the Arcade so you can show support as you browse a range of unique goods, chat to the business owners themselves and buy directly from them. Permanent tenants in the Arcade will also be open as usual, so do have a good look around, especially if you haven’t visited their shops for a while! Great Western Arcade champions independent businesses all year round, and they all deserve our support.

Everyone is welcome to join us for a vibrant day filled with local traders, have a go at traditional African drumming and come away with a smile on your face!



Ghanaian Master Drummer, Emmanuel Okuni Annang, painstakingly hand crafts each drum as well as teaching African drumming, dancing and other cultural activities throughout the UK.

His handmade drums will also be for sale, along with a selection of Ghanaian-made arts, crafts and clothing.

Four 30min workshops throughout the day!

Start Times: 12:00pm | 1:30pm | 2:30pm | 3:30pm


Angel of Cakes

Scrumptious vegan cakes, bakes and brownies.

Clover Green Town

‘Kawaii’ cute stationery including stickers and notebooks.

Sanaa GiftShop

Inclusive products and gifts celebrating Black culture and ethnic minority communities.

Sassy Home Scents

Candles and wax melts made from organic soy wax with vegan-friendly fragrance oils.

Tan Rosie

Delicious Award Winning Caribbean sauces, spice rubs, books and gifts.

Urban Garlands

Flamboyant, unique headbands to make you stand out from the crowd in style!




A series of themed Curated Markets in the Great Western Arcade, featuring some of the best independent makers and producers from Birmingham and beyond! Come along and support them!

We are dedicated to fostering a vibrant community hub at the Great Western Arcade, while also championing local artisans and makers. Join us as we launch an array of exciting initiatives, including a Curated Market inside the Arcade, showcasing the incredible talent of our local producers and craftspeople.

Each market is themed so you will experience different stalls on every date. Some will have free samples on offer, and demonstrations so you can get to know each maker and learn about what they do.

You can also enjoy unique experiences such as workshops, activities and talks, all in keeping with the theme of the market. Follow our social media channels and check back here for details of each market as it approaches.

Each day runs from 11am to 5pm, and the upcoming 2023 markets are:

  • 16th December – Christmas

Our markets are fully booked, but there may be more space available nearer the date so if you are interested in having a stall, please email us at