Unveiling the 2024 Makers Markets: Where creativity meets the community!

07 Feb 2024

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Our popular Makers Markets are returning in March to Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, and Newmarket in April.

Throughout the year, shoppers will be able to discover an extensive variety of unique crafts and homemade products such as sweet treats, hot food, woodcraft, original artwork, homeware, needlecraft, candles and soap and much more!

The first Makers Market of 2024 will be held in Haverhill on Saturday 2 March from 9am to 3pm. Bury St Edmunds Makers Market will start on Sunday 3 March from 10am to 3pm, and Newmarket’s will begin on Saturday 13 April from 9am to 3pm. Both Haverhill and Newmarket Makers Markets will be set within the regular town markets.

With live music and family craft activities, the community will be able to enjoy the inclusive and vibrant atmosphere suitable for the whole family.

Cllr Indy Wijenayaka, Cabinet Member for Growth at West Suffolk Council, said: “Markets are absolutely vital in our community, as they attract visitors and shoppers to our towns, which boosts the local economy and provides a platform for local entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their products. With over 100 small businesses participating over the three Makers Markets, there will be a diverse array of talented artists and business owners.”

Julie Jervis, local business owner of Just Made by Jules said: “The community is really welcoming and supportive. I would recommend anyone who is thinking of trying out market trading to give these markets a go!”

For those with a creative flair, there are still opportunities to join the Makers Market as a stallholder. Apply now to secure your spot and be part of the vibrant market showcasing homemade goods!

Traders also have the option of benefitting from three exciting new deals tailored exclusively for those thinking of starting or expanding their business at one of our West Suffolk markets:

  • Free trading for 12 weeks at Brandon, Newmarket, Haverhill or Mildenhall. This offer is ideal for entrepreneurs wanting to experience trading at a market or to test out new products.
  • The market pass is available for new business owners to trade at the Bury St Edmunds Wednesday market for 12 weeks for only £60. This deal is excellent for those wanting to building their customer base at a thriving market with strong community support.
  • Trade for £10 per pitch at the Bury St Edmunds Wednesday market, in The Traverse area only. This offer is ideal for new or small market stalls who are looking for a low cost, flexible trading option. This offer can be extended beyond 12 weeks on a flexible and casual basis if required.

Traders can use a combination of offers to suit their business’ needs. Existing traders can use offers at markets that they do not currently trade at. All market pitches must be booked in advance and are subject to availability and suitability.

For additional information and to apply for a pitch, contact: economic.development@westsuffolk.gov.uk or visit West Suffolk Markets.


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