This is super simple in 3 terms. Makers Markets usually:
- 1. Sell unique items made by crafters or professional stallholders.
- 2. Are handmade in the UK.
- 3. Support small businesses and by attending we a choosing to keep the money within our own communities and support local trade.
The markets are popping up all around the UK and they do vary in quality, size and curation. They also complement the town’s usual activity to bring potentially new customers to the high street.
Some companies are losing themselves a little and allowing none-handmade items in — ‘Doesn’t that defeat the object of it being a Makers Market?!’, we hear you ask.
It does indeed! Hopefully this little niggle won’t spread too far!
For us, it is hard to check out month-on-month the products sold at these events, but usually these markets host a good range of both food and crafts, and also have a good bit of live entertainment to ensure fun is had by all.
Some markets are moving away from the term ‘makers market’, due to the commonality of the word, and trying to dissemble themselves from other events not run by them.
Here is a list of Makers Markets that can be found around the UK, and generally they are all of a really consistently high standard.
South Coast Makers Markets – These are Bournemouth-based and have a great set up within a few locations. They are also eco-friendly. You can read more about these type of markets in our recent blog.
The Makers Markets – These can be found across Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool, Cheshire and Staffordshire. I am sure we can expect more from these over the coming months and years!
London-based Local Makers Markets are a treat to the creative senses. From gorgeous smells to many talented folk selling their wares, there’s so much to see and be inspired by.
Mon Amie Makers Market – this is the most adorable little event in Kibworth, Leicestershire. Having visited, we know you wouldn’t be disappointed with these sweet artisan crafts.
The totally awesome FarGo Village are also hosting a selection of Makers Markets this year and we cannot wait to showcase them for you (coming soon). Watch this space!
Recently we have also had the Makers Central team join us with their event too. This is a huge event for makers themselves to attend but you can find a heap of stalls there too. Check it out!
So we say – head out to your local markets and enjoy all that they have to offer! Shop local, shop small, shop independent – and support British trade whilst having fun!