Christmas comes to the heart of Ipswich

This Sunday on the Cornhill – the town centre comes alive with the taste and smells of the Christmas Ipswich Artisan & Producers Market

As Ipswich town centres awakens to the sound of Christmas shoppers, there will be plenty of noise and activity on the Cornhill this Sunday December 3rd at the Ipswich Artisan & Producers Market.

Keeping the festive spirit in the town centre, Suffolk Market Events has brought a  wonderful mix of local artisan producers to The Cornhill to give an extra joyous feeling to all those Christmas shoppers

Justine Paul, owner of Suffolk Market Events; It’s so important to maintain Ipswich as a fun and vibrant town and this festive market will create a great Christmas atmosphere on the Cornhill. I’m sure everyone will enjoy the mix of stalls and there is some really tasty food to enjoy on the day’

There will be plenty of fresh street food to eat on the day including Indian street food from Coriander Kitchen or a range tasty Neapolitan pizzas from the Little Pizza Company and local favourite Avi will be back with his bagels. There is a great choice of pies & cheese from Hoskyns Deli and The Cheese & Pie Man, plus jams & chutneys from Bev’s pantry and chilli sauces from Badgers Chilli Kitchen.

There a fantastic mix of stalls including vegan pastries from The Norwegian Bakers, profiteroles from Butterfingers plus cakes and bakes from Baked for the Road and delicious brownies from the Essex Bakery! Riverford Organics come with fresh veg boxes including some lovely giveaways.

Wash it all down with some local ale from Jack Rabbit, or craft spirits from Stardust Spirits and flavoured vodkas from Richer Spirits.

There’s fresh barista coffee from The Coffee Station as well as fresh coffee beans from Maldon Coffee Company.

There will also be a great mix of craft stalls including x-mas gifts from Retro Gifts, crafts from CraftsNGifts, homeware from DeMarie Ceramics and jewellery from Sage & Seasalt and Timeless Jewellery

Over twenty-five stalls will be filling the Cornhill so it’s a perfect way to stay local, get outdoors and shop in the fresh air in the heart of the county town.

The Ipswich Artisan & Producers Market is on Sunday December 3rd

Market runs form 10am – 3pm


Colchester Farmers Market returns on Saturday

We are delighted to be back right outside our home at the Mercury Theatre this Saturday for the last farmers market of 2023 in Colchester – although we are back on Saturday 16th December for a special evening X-mas Artisan Market.

Beats & Bagels will be making back with their delicious bagels that work for breakfast, brunch and lunch! We’ve got beer from newcomers Briarbank Brewery and local wines from Bromley Brook Vineyard and for those who want something a little stronger look out for Matopos Gin. There’s meat and organic vegetables from Lauriston Farm plus sausages from Totham Bangers, honey from Lovelands plus jams from Country Cottage preserves and pickles from The Sticky Pickle Co. Regulars Hoskyn’s Deli will be there with local cheeses and home made pies from Maldon, and those with a sweater tooth should look out for Alex’s Artisan Bakery, Essex Bakery, Butter Fingers, or the Alabama Biscuit Company.

Flowers and plants come from Vegelicious plus there’s a range of great succulents, dog treats, jewellery, soaps & handcreams and block print homeware.

We look forward to seeing you there

Saturday 2nd December 9.30am – 2pm

Mercury Theatre, Colchester


Taste of East Anglia stallholder applications now open!

We’re delighted to open up applications for this popular food & drink festival held at Kentwell Hall.

The Taste of East Anglia will be located once again in the grounds of this famous Tudor mansion in Long Melford on Saturday 15th June 2024.

In 2023 this festival hosted over 70 artisan producers from the region as well as local crafters plus a great line up of chefs put on a wonderful show in the kitchen demonstration tent and we are aiming to deliver an equally successful festival in 2024.

Each application is considered individually and you will be informed if your application is successful. If you are offered a space then you will be asked to make your full payment so please DO NOT submit payment with your Booking Form.


We look forward to hearing from you.

Taste of East Anglia Food & Drink Festival

15th June 2024

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA


We’re back at The Cattle Sheds in December

We are back in The Cattle Sheds at Trinity Park on Saturday 9th December for our gorgeous Christmas Farmers Market and it is looking delicious! Over fifty producers and makers will be filling this fantastic venue including brewers, butchers, bakers, pie makers, gin distillers, sewers, artists and candle makers. We’ve even got top notch, handmade dog treats for your four legged friends and there’s no chance of us humans getting hungry with a choice of amazing street food. And, as if it couldn’t get any better – it’s totally free of charge to enter and to park. Happy days.

Watch out for more details on the who’s going to be there.

The Cattle Sheds, Trinity Park (Ipswich Show Ground)

Saturday 9th December

10am – 2pm

Free entry and parking.


Our craft market returns to Clare on Saturday

Our gorgeous Craft Market is back in Clare Town Hall on Saturday, Oct 28th Octotber and we cannot wait to see you there!

We will be showcasing the very best local artists and makers who will fill this lovely venue with an amazing array of handmade treasures including original artwork, silver, gold & copper jewellery, crochet, ceramics, feltwork, fused glass, candles, home wares, handmade cushions, soaps and lots more.

Our Pop Up Cafe will be serving the very best freshly baked pastries, buns, cakes, sausage rolls and cakes and the coffee will be brewing!

Remember entry is always free of charge and there is plenty of parking in Clare Country Park Car Park which is just a two minute walk away.

Here is a list of the amazing stallholders joining us on October 28th – we’ll see you there!


Boho & Rose, Crafts by Design, Tranquil Flame, Paula’s Gemstones Racing Tabby, Feltsmiths, Zoe Jane Jewellery, Caliston Art, Cloudberry Designs, Infused with Kindness, Torfinn Art, Cuttlecrit Little Lime Designs, Heathercrafts, ALB Framing, Jackdaw Needlecrafts. Tulip House, Woodlands Bakeaway, Sophie April Mann Designs, Accessisew

Remember we have another fantastic two day Craft Market in Lavenham in November so make sure you get the dates in the diary!

Saturday November 25th and Sunday November 26th

Entry is free of charge.

10am – 4pm


Don’t miss our free weekend of Christmas markets in Lavenham !

We are super excited to be bringing a Two Day Craft Market to Lavenham this weekend – absolutly free for everyone!
Day One on Saturday will be held inside the Village Hall, with approx forty stalls (all handmade) filling the entire hall, including the foyer area as well as a fantastic cafe will also be open for business.
Day Two on Sunday we will run in conjunction with the award winning Lavenham Farmers Market, officially the Best Farmers Market in the UK. The Farmers Market will fill the entire area outside and the Craft Market will be inside.
This really is a fabulous opportunity to indulge everyone in two days of the very best, handmade arts and crafts.

This market is now completely full and we look forward to seeing you all there.

November 25th 10am – 4pm

November 26th 10am -2pm

Lavenham Village Hall, CO10 9QT

Free entry & parking


Our next Farmers Market is in Lavenham this Sunday!

For many this is a monthly date in the diary – to visit this lovely village and over 40 local traders who make up the farmers market. This month, as we always do in the summer months, we get bigger as the market expands onto the field next to the village hall so we can offer even more choice and local artisan produce for you. Look out for our new stalls including craft ale from Old Felixstowe Brewery and we welcome back Beats & Bagels.

As always there will be street food including Mena’s Indian street food, Petite Pancakes and barista coffee to keep you fortified whilst you enjoy shopping and sampling the range of artisan food, drink and crafts on offer. We’ve got chilli jams, honey, jams and pickles, sourdough and focaccia, samosa and bhajis, apples and apple ciders & vinegars, craft ales and local spirits, vegan pastries and chocolate brownies, fresh handmade pies, local cheeses, fresh pork and beef, sausages organic vegetables. Plus candles, soaps and hand creams as well as plants and herbs.

It all starts at 10am at Lavenham Village Hall – dogs very welcome and free parking.


Our remaining October Farmers Markets

Make sure you diary date our two farmers markets later this month.

Lavenham Farmers Market on Sunday 22nd October where we will have forty local artisan traders surrounding the village hall with wonderful range of delicious food & drink. 10am – 1.30pm

And the final one is our popular farmers market on Market Hill in the centre of Sudbury. Over 25 stalls will run down Market Hill with local and fresh produce on Friday 27th October. 9.30am – 2pm

See you at one or the other or both!


See you in Bury on Sunday !

So we’re back on The Traverse with over 30 local producers to give your Sunday an extra boast – just lots of lovely produce all freshly produced for you, sold by the person who made it.

Highlights include fresh organic veg from Sunshine & Green, jam & chutneys from Karen’s Kitchen plus honey from Beehouse, fresh eggs from Haylock Farm and flowers from Fen Flora. Fresh and smoked fish from Bunnings and home made pies and local cheeses from Hoskyns, plus plenty of tasty street food on the day including bagels and Mena’s Indian samosas. Fresh bread is provided by Woosters plus lots of bakes and treats from Alex Artisan Bakery and Aunty Rees Cookies

Look out for soaps, candles, chopping boards and jewellery all locally hand crafted.

So come on Bury St Edmund’s, grab a bag and head into the centre of town on Sunday 12th November for a delicious Farmers Market extravaganza!

Please note – There will be a two minute’s silence during the market at 11am.


Free pitch for new traders!

Our first applicants for Innovate Local 2023 are now getting booked in to attend Sudbury and Hadleigh Markets in 2023 and we have more spaces still available so, if you are a business owner and you would like to try market trading, free of charge then please get in touch.
Innovate Local really is a wonderful opportunity to see if market trading works for you without having to invest financially in any way. We supply all the equipment needed including a Pop Up 3m gazebo with tables, chalkboards and market stall lights and all the market pitch fees, covering four weeks on two markets, are paid for too. All you have to bring is your business (which can be a product or a service) and your enthusiasm and passion to dip your toe in the market world. We even supply small business mentoring and a free space on the Virtual High Street!
Spaces are limited but we do have blocks available so if you would like further information, with absolutely no obligation to take part, then please get in touch.