Night markets at UOW's Innovation Campus during winter

Lara Seresin and Jennifer Briscoe-Hough are starting a new night market in Wollongong this June. Adam McLean
Lara Seresin and Jennifer Briscoe-Hough are starting a new night market in Wollongong this June. Adam McLean

The force behind Coledale’s monthly artisan markets are breathing life into wintery Wednesdays at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus.

The campus will host the monthly Puckeys Night Market from Wednesday June 27, run by Lara Seresin and Jenny Briscoe-Hough.

Ms Briscoe-Hough said each event will include live music and around 40 eclectic local traders including artisans, food, second-hand and vintage goods.

“I think traditionally people do outdoor winter warming markets [like in Europe],” she said. “What we want to do in that space is create a neighbourhood … and a place where people can come and talk about ideas.”

The pair have sourced new vendors to mix in with their “faithful crew who have supported them through thick and thin”.

The project has been a “long conversation” with the campus but ultimately resulted from an accidental market the pair held at there last December, due to their usual venue becoming unavailable.

“We thought this could be something really great,” Ms Briscoe-Hough said.

She said it was also in response to people asking when they would return to Wollongong after losing the tender to run the Friday markets in the Crown Street Mall in 2016.

It follows other winter initiatives set up around the Illawarra to enliven the colder months such as a Light Up The Pavement digital light show project in Thirroul and giant Vivid-like rabbits with live music in Wollongong’s Crown Street Mall.

Puckeys Night Market, the last Wednesday of every month, 4pm yo 9pm. Free parking in the Science Space car park.