Green Beans Market
The Green Beans Market is a community market. It runs on the last Sunday of the month January – November (inclusive) inside Whitley Bay Metro Station from 10 am to 3 pm.
The Market is part of the family of not-for-profit organisations based in, and adjacent to the Whitley Bay Metro station that form the Station Master’s Centre. The other organisations are:
The Station Master’s Community Wildlife Garden formed in 2010. The Yoga Station, providing a range of yoga & other well- being sessions and community activities, began operating in 2013
What is the Green Beans Market?
The Engine Room, providing rehearsal / recording space for musicians, that commenced in 2016
The Market came into existence in 2015 at a meeting involving representatives of the above organisations and interested local people. It built on previous gardening-related events on the station concourse such as sharing fruit and vegetables from the community garden and seed swops. One of the intentions behind developing the Market was to provide some financial support for the garden.
From the outset it was decided to make Green Beans distinct from other markets in the wider area. The stalls that trade at the market have to have one or more of the following characteristics:
Sell up-cycled or recycled products
Contribute to health & wellbeing
What’s at the Market?
The Market offers a cafe, and: A wide variety of stalls, such as art & crafts, food, gardening & plants, pet products, jewellery and family activities. A music programme involving local performers Local charities that provide information and sell products related to their causes. An opportunity for local artists and businesses to try out ideas at low cost.
Who runs the Market?
The Market is organised by volunteers who live in Whitley Bay and surrounding areas. The Market Committee work in partnership with the Metro providers NEXUS – the owners of the station. Green Beans is the only community-run market on the Metro network.