Saturday July 1st, will be party time on Hyde’s Artisan Market as the organisers celebrate its first birthday with a feast of fun, music, festival of food and a wide range of unique crafts for sale.
The event, which has grown in popularity month on month, has now, after 12months, firmly established itself as the most popular, regular Artisan Market event in Tameside.
Initially created by Karen Dorney owner of Hyde’s Paper Tulips Craft Emporium, in partnership with Hyde Markets & the Hyde Town Team, the group are still working tirelessly together to benefit the town, town centre retailers, market traders, and the local community by creating new and novel, FREE attractions geared to attract customers to shop in Hyde by offering more activities for shoppers and their families to enjoy so they can get more out of their visit.
This weekend the market will comprise over pop-up 30 stall holders, set in a musically charged fun-filled birthday atmosphere, all eager to display and promote their products at this regular family orientated event; an event which has become the ideal platform for many of the region’s finest designers’, bakers and makers. As tradition dictates, it wouldn’t be a birthday party without a birthday cake, so get down the Civic Square early to grab yourself a slice!
Although Hyde’s Market Square is a wonderful venue to stage the monthly Artisan Market events, there have been calls from both passionate shoppers and a growing number of the town’s retailers; who benefit greatly from the increased footfall that the regular pop-up specialist monthly market attracts, to expand from a little over 30 stalls to nearer 50 – by spreading the stalls down the pedestrianised area on Clarendon Street and down Market Place, past the Post Office, as far as Specsavers. The idea is to increase the overall volume of shopping, and by doing so, showcase other businesses activity by adding extra street vitality to a wider area.
Karen explained, “We are very proud that our Artisan events are not only commercially successful but have a strong community feel, with many of the Artisan family of stall holders and local traders going out of their way to be genuinely supportive of each other; and by gently expanding the market area, we want to give more local crafters the opportunity to grow their hobbies and passions, and help them flourish to become successful sustainable businesses alongside the towns more long-standing shop holders. “We know this will work as we have a growing waiting list, so there will always be more crafts, art, clothing and quirky products to see.”
The Artisan Market is set up in Hyde’s pedestrianised Civic Square and will be packed with a fantastic mix of stall holders selling top quality specialist food, drink and produce, together with vintage, handcrafted items, including jewellery, leather goods, ceramics, artwork, woodcraft and many more crafted lines.
Neil Openshaw, Vice Chair of Hyde’s Town Team, speaking about the growing visitors that the monthly artisan market attracts, said, “Our standing brief is to promote Hyde Town Centre, and to get more people to come back to visit the market, enjoy refreshments from the many cafés and to browse around the shops and spend locally from the many retailers in and around the town.”
The Hyde Artisan Market is also a great platform to launch new product lines and amongst those making their debut this coming Saturday is a lady who makes the prettiest fairy jars and a gentleman who makes bespoke wooden coasters.
It’s believed that these wonderful fairy gifts, wooden coasters will sell very fast, so don’t hesitate… seek out the new stall holders on Saturday!
The Market opens from 9am and 3pm. – for a great mix of homemade food, local preserves, unusual articles of clothing & jewellery, crafts, wooden furniture, handmade pottery, artwork, paper crafts and much, much more.
And after you’ve finished shopping, then drop into one of Hyde’s many cafés for coffee and cakes or a full blown delicious meal!