Easter Saturday will see the return of the Sensational Saturday Maker Markets to Cross Hill car park, Driffield.
Instigated as part of the Real Driffield campaign last year, the three markets proved a phenomenal success and as a result Driffield Town Council agreed to carry them on in 2014.
The markets will be held on the third Saturday of the month between April and September running from 9am to 2pm, and are sponsored this year by Richardson Ford.
Town Clerk, Claire Binnington said: “We were told by the local traders that the Maker Markets made a real difference to the feel of the town last summer, with many more people visiting than normal. Spurred on by their success the Town Council were encouraged to carry on with them this year. The response has been fantastic and we will play host to over 50 stalls on Easter Saturday”.
The market will be packed with unique fayre, including local food producers, designer makers and vintage and upcycled items, jewellery, clothing, arts and crafts. The market will welcome back traders from last year, such as Turned Art & Designs, Jo-Li Crafting, Manor Farm Beef, Sugar Shack, Floral Chocolates, Calico & Crafts and Yorkshire Wold Bees, as well as newcomers such as Postively Pagan, Lime Boutique, Brown and Blond, Wolds Cottage Kitchen and Ratzhatz. Claire said ‘ Word has obviously travelled fast on the back of the success of last year’s events and we have traders coming from all over Yorkshire to trade in Driffield at these special sensational markets’. Members of Driffield Folk Festival committee will also be there, busking and raising funds towards their Festival in August. The musical element of the markets proved a great hit last year, and Vince Turton and his Jazz Band will return in May. Creation Station will also be around to keep the little ones busy with art activities.
The Easter Saturday Market will also provide an opportunity for the public to meet the four shortlisted artists who are being considered to produce the public piece of art for the town. The artists will be in attendance to show examples of their previous work and engage with the public.
The Mayor, Coun Heather Venter commented ‘The Town Council want to provide something special to attract people who would not ordinarily visit Driffield, by coming and experiencing our Maker Markets they will also have a chance to discover our existing range of independent shops, restaurants and pubs.’
The Maker Markets have also provided an opportunity for some of Driffield’s high street traders to boost their profile with several local shopkeepers also have stands at the market, such as the Sugar Shack and Costellos. Owner of the traditional sweet shop The Sugar Shack, Jeff Stevens said: “We have been to all the markets, even the indoor ones at Old Town Hall held in October and November and we are attending all six this year, as we have found them a great boost to our business, not only making people more aware of what we sell but also of where we are in the town centre. The markets have had a significantly positive effect on our business.”
Mrs Binnington added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the local businesses that see these markets as a positive way of attracting people to the town and enhancing the viability of the town centre. We are delighted to welcome local shopkeepers to join us and see it as a real partnership where the markets and the town centre shops can be mutually beneficial. We would also like to thank Richardson Ford for their sponsorship.”
The Sensational Saturday market is on Saturday April 19th 2014 from 9am to 2pm