The Saints Summer Artisan Market
Sunday 17th June saw the return of the Saints Summer Market. After an absence of nearly two years it was great to see St Peter’s Street full of visitors and stallholders.
The Street Market was started over 7 years ago by I Make Fun Stuff, a local craft collective. It proved to be a popular move with both the businesses of St Peter’s Street, local crafters, artisans and visitors. The market really helped to shape the independent community of the Saints.
The business community of the Saints have now picked up the reins from I Make Fun Stuff. We have set up a Community Interest Company and plan to deliver lots more events on the Saints. Our towns and high streets are changing and we are facing this head on, to create a welcoming and interesting place to visit, shop, and engage with.
On Sunday the street was blessed with sunshine, and many of our great independent businesses were open including Mauds Attic, The House in Town, Jenny Wrens Yarns, Crafty Baba, Truffle and Loveone. The garden behind Cake and Catwalk and the Italian Shirt Shop played host to some extra stalls.
It was a perfect day to sit outside and eat an Ice cream from I Scream, grab a coffee and cake from Applaud, or sit outside Tavernetta and the recently renovated Vista Bistro to have lunch.
We were entertained by some very talented buskers and Silbury Hill; a local folk band played in the Thomas Wolsey, and many took advantage of the deckchairs. The deckchairs and gazebos were kindly lent to us by All About Ipswich.
We welcomed back some traders who have always supported the markets: Bulldog Vintage, The Stained Glass Studio and Hello Pushkin. It was great to welcome lots of new stallholders, including Gone Roaming Pet Accessories, Majdalani Interiors and Hopsters Craft Beer.
It really was a pleasure to see the whole community come together, with lots of supportive visitors, and many new customers.
So, a very successful market, a great day for the High Street, and now the planning starts for the next one. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more event information: ‘The Saints, St Nicholas and St Peter’s Street’.