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Why visit an artisan market?
You might be wondering, what makes an artisan market the best shopping experience? Is it the traders themselves, the variety of items and the interesting stories behind the products, the atmosphere?
Probably all of those ingredients and more, added to which are our changing lifestyles that make us more conscious of what we buy, where it comes from, its quality, whether it is locally sourced and so on. Is this an outcome of Brexit? Is it a need to be more eco-conscious? There are many factors, but we all need to be more aware and better informed about how we can make a change and ensure we support independent UK businesses.
From providing the best possible start for our youngsters with fresh, good quality produce, to buying local art and crafts and supporting artisans, local markets provide the perfect opportunity to make a difference and, what’s more, they enable everyone to enjoy a great experience.
The ever-increasing range of markets is allowing us more freedom of choice on where to visit, but where do we go? How do we get there? When are they held? And what will we find when we get there?
You will find answers to all of these questions on our website, pedddle.com. We remove those uncertainties when you wake up on that week-end morning, wondering where to visit and what to do and whether to consult Tripadvisor for a day out. Our weather is often fresh, maybe even ‘freezing’, but when you arrive at an artisan market, the buzz of live music, the voices of chirpy stall-holders, the street food and its appetising smells, all aid in creating that unique atmosphere that will lighten your spirits and blow away the cobwebs! You can also spend as much or as little as you want – it’s a good way to keep the whole family entertained.
Pedddle.com tells you about ‘markets with a difference’ across the country. We are here to help you discover great experiences, wherever you are in the UK.
Which markets are near me?
In the North West, some front-runners for markets with a difference are Pop-up in the Palm House in Liverpool, a market hosted inside Sefton Park’s beautiful Palm house, Rode Hall Farmers’ and Craft Market, and Treacle Market which boasts a great fresh produce and craft market. A walk in the grounds of Rode Hall’s country estate is well worth doing and, to complete a worthwhile day, visit the beautiful café too – it has a lovely log-burner that’s perfect for warming up!
Moving further North into Yorkshire there is a surge in wonderful markets popping up in the little towns and villages for you to peruse at the weekend. Little Bird Events host in excess of 10 events monthly and the Real Food Markets have a wonderful event alongside others at Ripley Castle – what a venue!
There is definitely a rise in themed markets, such as vegan festivals, markets with craft workshops, and evening markets with live music that almost provide a ‘night out’ experience. Vegan Fairs in the South West base their markets and events around promoting vegan lifestyle products, vegan food and vegan crafts. With the craft beer industry booming and a widening desire to eat healthily, evening markets with freshly-prepared meals and various drink sellers are also proving to be very popular. They are fast becoming a social occasion too – you’re missing out if you’ve not been to one!
Northern Quarter Makers Market, also in Manchester, sees whole families out enjoying the music and food and is family-friendly. Click here to read more about markets in Manchester. FarGo Village in Coventry hosts lots of great events throughout the year.
From the South West at the The Cornwall Shop Small Markets to beyond the Scottish boarders at Tea Green Events, there are events for everyone with new markets popping up all the time and being added to Pedddle.
Why we all need to support markets
Are you indecisive when making a purchase? Sometimes you can feel pressured to make a decision at a market – you want time to consider items and come back later, but you’re worried you won’t find that stallholder again. This is exactly why Pedddle was created – to experience peace of mind, knowing that you can find all the necessary information on this website, contact the stallholder again, place an order and return to collect the item(s) at a later date – and all without the worry of missing receipts or mislaid business cards! Many of our stallholders also have online shops with Etsy, Folksy or similar, or their own website. We can direct customers through to these sites for our stallholder pages, to make a purchase if you are in a hurry.
Why markets? Essentially, because you don’t have to settle for some big high-street brand, or some meaningless gift from Amazon. Such outlets still hold a huge place in our ‘last-minute’ lifestyle, but, whether by chance, or needing that ‘just what I’ve been looking for’ gift with a fascinating history of its own, that brings that spontaneous look of delight as it’s opened, a hand-made, hand-chosen present shows on the face of the recipient and glows in the heart of the giver. Expecting higher prices, we tried to shop exclusive from Karen’s for our gifting last Christmas, but to our surprise it actually wasn’t more expensive – but much more exciting and meaningful.
Aside from that, local markets are a much more sustainable way of shopping, allowing a significantly lower carbon footprint, low waste, and options to support your own comminuted and put money directly back into your local area.
Click here to read more about the benefits of shopping small.