“The Hill and Sea Independent Traders group (HAS IT) wanted to make Sunday an extra trading day, but needed to offer something new to attract visitors. Sunday has traditionally seen the businesses in this area close but with the market we can transform it into a vibrant place to visit for the day. As the seafront draws visitors from further afield on the weekends, HAS IT wanted to show off what the area, as a destination for day-trips has to offer.”
– Clevedon HAS IT TRADERS group
The Clevedon Sunday Market is an artisan market bringing together makers, producers, designers and collectors. It takes place in Clevedon on the first Sunday of every month from March to December from 10.00am to 2.00pm and it certainly is bringing people into the area. At the September market, I met a family from Cardiff and a couple from Bourton – on – the Water who had been visiting Clevedon and decided to stay overnight just to visit the market. So very well done to Kate Bethell the Market Coordinator, Jon Earl owner of Saker Stationary and Victoria and Becca Saunders owners of Nineteen who have run the Clevedon Sunday Market since April 2016.
I love the market but then I’m a market lover! It’s the social aspect of the market that I find as appealing as the opportunity to buy fabulous food and gorgeous gifts. I love bumping into people that I haven’t seen for a while and then making a date to see them again, I love catching up with neighbours that I see often but don’t talk to enough and I love those impromptu conversations such as I had with the couple from Cardiff and the family from the Cotswolds’.
There are now five sites on the market trail! I normally start at the Alexandra Road site, next to the lovely Gym Beans Café which is open for the duration of the market, I then continue up to the ‘Sixways roundabout’, onto Bellevue Road to the old One Stop shop, then cross over to the Christopher Brown site. After spending some time there, I walk down to the Essential Computing Channel Court car park site which is a little further up on the right and then back down to the Kustom Floors and Furniture site. Many of the shops and cafes in Alexandra Road and Hill Road are also open which is an added bonus.
There are over forty traders at the market with stalls showcasing locally produced top quality food and drink, many of whom sell out well before 2.00pm, so make sure you don’t leave your visit too late – we have particularly enjoyed the hummus and flat breads from https://www.facebook.com/moistbristol/, the delicious award winning cheeses from the Bath Soft Cheese Company https://parkfarm.co.uk/ and the Scotch eggs from http://www.nuttsscotcheggs.co.uk/ especially those encased in smoked salmon as opposed to the sausage meat which I am assured is equally delicious. Not being red meat eaters, I wouldn’t buy from http://www.somersetcharcuterie.com/ however if we have family or friends staying with us and their vist coincides with the market, that’s a different matter! This is always one of their favourite food stalls. Another favourite of ours are the meringues from https://www.mayringues.co.uk/ – they are scrumptious – no additives or preservatives and the owner is happy to take orders and create whatever you so desire and the lovely chocolate brownies from http://serioustreats.co.uk/ Last but not least the fabulous cheese from the The Bath Soft Cheese Company https://parkfarm.co.uk/
The Sunday market has a cornucopia of craft stalls selling jewellery, paper products, hand sewn items, wooden items, glass, leather goods, painted items and beautifully scented handmade soaps.
We’ve bought some lovely wooden gifts from Renovare, https://www.facebook.com/DavidAntonyGurl/ David makes unique hand crafted items from salvaged wood and driftwood and they really are something special and very reasonably priced and several items from https://www.facebook.com/Clevedon-Bag-Company-341245036047889/ who create lovely handmade textile items such as handbags, tablet covers and cosmetic bags.
This time round I came across a stall which was certainly new to me selling glass heart keepsakes with charms hanging from them, suitable for birthdays, weddings, family celebrations and Christmas. They were so pretty and once again very reasonably priced. https://www.theheartshack.com/
The market also hosts stalls from local artists. We loved everything created by http://www.emylouholmes.com/ and will definitely be visiting Emy nearer Christmas.
If you’re a lover of all things vintage this is also a great place to mooch around – I saw hundreds of items I would have loved t o but in September and although I haven’t yet bought anything, I have friends who rave about The Little Vintage Hen https://www.facebook.com/thelittlevintagehen/
There really is something for everyone at this market and the stallholders are always warm, friendly and delighted to talk about their stalls. It’s a delightful way of spending a couple of hours on a Sunday.
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