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Our craft market returns to Clare in May

Here is a little taster of the gorgeous handmade treasures you’ll find at our Clare Craft Markets which returns on Saturday, May 11th. You’ll find a beautiful selection of over twenty stalls inside Clare Town Hall from 10am until 4pm including collages and cards from Artley Hare Designs, pressed flower art from Orange Hopper Arts, unique silver jewellery from Andrea Wright Designs, fused glass from Studio 50 Art, and upcyled furniture from The Vintage peony Store.

Our delicious Pop Up Cafe, run by Food by Jooley will be serving the very best light lunches and freshly baked buns and cakes and, as always, entry is totally free of charge and no ticket is required.

It’s the perfect day out with lots of beautiful handmade stalls in a really pretty setting so pop along this Saturday and enjoy a couple of hours immersing yourself in a world full of handmade loveliness!

Remember there is plenty of parking in Clare Country Park Car Park which is just a two minute walk away.

Entry is free of charge.

10am – 4pm

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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

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Wolsey 550 Market on The Saints, Ipswich

We are delighted to be bringing a fantastic Food, Drink and Craft Market to The Saints in Ipswich on Sunday September 10th as part of the Heritage Weekend and Thomas Wolsey 550 celebrations. The market will be run in collaboration with Ipswich Borough Council, All About Ipswich and The Saints and will feature over forty stalls filling St Nicholas Street including delicious Street Food, local produce and gorgeous handmade crafts.

Entry will be totally free of charge and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome! 10am -4pm
We have a handful of spaces still available to book so if you would like to join us then please get in touch. Just email alex@suffolkmarketevents.co.uk

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Date Change for Colchester Farmers Market

Due to the Coronation on Saturday 6th May, we’ve moved the next Colchester Farmers Market to the following week, so Colchester Farmers Market will be held on Saturday May 13th outside The Mercury Theatre.

Same time as usual – 9.30am – 2pm

Same place as usual – The Piazza, outside Mercury Theatre.

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New date added for Hadleigh

We’ve added an extra date to our Hadleigh Makers Markets in 2023 so we’ll be running four Saturday markets this Spring/Summer with June 3rd taking place in collaboration with Hadleigh’s Hidden Gardens so it’ll be a busy day! We have some spaces still available at all of the dates this year so if you fancy joining us please get in touch.

On June 3rd I am particularly looking for three hot street food stalls so get in touch if this sounds like you!

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This is why markets will always be important

I received an email from Tessa Allingham recently, who is a Food Writer and author of ‘Suffolk Feast, One County, Twenty Chefs.’ She lives near Bury St Edmund’s and it was a real compliment when she said, “It’s funny when something so new so quickly becomes part of the fabric of a place. To me, that’s what’s happened with the Bury St Edmund’s Farmers’ Market. I can’t imagine my home town without it now; it’s something I look forward to every month, and without fail every time I walk round it, not only do I buy some of the best food to be had locally with which to feed my family, but I talk to the producers, I learn, I become more aware and knowledgeable, more connected with the place I live in.’

I believe this is one of the most important aspects of all our markets; customers build up a rapport with the producers, they become familiar with the food and more confident in trying new ingredients and cooking different dishes. There is a preconception that farmers’ markets are expensive but these ingredients don’t need to be fussy; they don’t need to be expensive, they are just good quality, local and fresh so that the simplest meals can taste amazing because the ingredients used are real.

We love it when new customers come along to the markets and they want to know more about the food they are eating and stallholder’s favourite market days are when people ask questions and want to taste different products.

In today’s world of online shopping, where clicking is buying, I still believe there is a vital place for well organised, top quality markets because, even in today’s Cyber World, we like to have a positive experience connected to our food shopping. We love to smell, to taste, to pick up and to hear the story behind the food we eat. I am not saying we have the luxury of time to do this all the time but sometimes, when time and life allows, we spend a little longer buying what we eat. This is what a market provides and, no matter how fast our lives become, I truly believe we will always be able to find some time to shop at a market.

With autumn knocking on our doors, we have lots of amazing products at all our markets including fresh, local pheasant, rabbit, partridge and venison as well as locally grown pumpkins and squashes and apples and pears. So, if you are near one of our markets soon, why don’t you come along and see which ingredients, and which stallholders, inspire you to cook some new dishes this autumn.