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What is an Artisan Market?


Exploring artisan markets, where you can find them and how they are thriving.

What is an artisan market? You may have heard the word ‘artisan’ thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean?

According to its dictionary definition, ‘artisan’ means a worker in a skilled trade, especially a trade that involves making things by hand. An ‘artisan market’ therefore, is any market offering these things! See more below…

Pictured above – a selection of artisans at an artisan market.

What is an Artisan Market?

An artisan market is a type of marketplace where local artisans, craftsmen, and artists of many different kinds gather to sell their unique and handmade products directly to customers. These markets typically showcase a wide range of artisanal goods, including handmade crafts, artwork, photography, jewellery, clothing, pottery, home decor items, and (usually locally produced) food and beverages.

Due to the handmade nature of artisan products, artisan markets are known for promoting and supporting local talent, creativity, and traditional craftsmanship. You won’t find mass-produced goods here; they’re often full of truly unique things, making them the ideal place to shop for gifts, homewares, clothing and more.

They provide a platform for artisans to showcase their skills and products, allowing customers to engage with the creators and learn about the inspiration and techniques behind their work. This makes them so valuable; so many ancient trades and skills are kept alive by these types of markets, as skilled artisans have an outlet to sell their wares. As well as being fun to visit, there’s so much history and community to these kinds of events, they are just fantastic to get involved in.

Check out this blog on the history of markets in London for a further read, if you’re interested in market history!

Where can I find Artisan Markets?

We’ve answered the question, ‘what is an artisan market’, but where can you actually find them?

Artisan markets are often held in public spaces such as parks, town squares, or dedicated marketplaces, but there are many venues all over the UK which host them too. Click here to find artisan markets near you! Pedddle is a market directory, and we’re here to highlight such brilliant events.

Artisan markets can be organised as regular events, such as weekly or monthly markets, or as one-time special occasions like festivals or holiday markets. There are actually a few summer specials coming up soon, with Food and Drink festivals abound so make sure you check Pedddle so you don’t miss out. These brilliant artisan markets not only offer a diverse shopping experience but also foster a sense of community by bringing people together to appreciate and support local artisans.

What about the Cost of Living Crisis?

Artisan markets are the home of small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy. Although the UK is currently in an official recession and we are all facing higher prices and issues with the cost of living, supporting artisans is still vital. Shoppers are being much more intentional with their money, and local markets need us more than ever. But supporting small businesses and our own local communities puts our own money back into our local area – eventually benefitting us far more than shopping from bigger businesses.

Click here to read a BBC blog on the matter.

In summary…

Visiting an artisan market can be a great way to discover unique and handmade items, support various local businesses, and connect with the creative community in your area. It’s an opportunity to find one-of-a-kind products that are often made with great attention to detail, skilled craftsmanship, plenty of passion and unique artistic expression.

Do you really need any more reasons to visit an artisan market? We hope we’ve persuaded you!

See you at an artisan market soon!