Craft Fairs and Events

Craft Fair Review – Levymarket

Here at Craft Cover we’re always looking for ways to improve the service we provide to the handmade industry. That’s why we’ve decided to start doing Craft Fair reviews, to give our users an idea of the events in their area where they can promote their wares, or just enjoy a day out. So without a further ado, our first Craft Fair review!

 

Where: Levenshulme train station car park (M19 3AB) – directly between the train station and Stockport Road (A6)

Date: 4th June 2016                          

How Often: Mar – Dec every Saturday 10am – 4pm

Venue: Part of the station car park

Indoor / Outdoor? Outdoor

Cost of Stalls: £30 single, £60 double, £18 shared. Includes gazebo and table       

Number of Stalls: Approx 50 per week

Entrance Fee: Free                          

Footfall: Variable but constant throughout the day, peaking between 1pm to 3pm

Type of Stalls: approximate 25% food/drink stalls providing a fantastic range of refreshments for customers & stallholders. Other stalls were a good mix of crafts including jewellery, knitted/crocheted/textile goods, printed products, papercraft, upcycling, vintage finds & clothing, and edible delights

Crowd Type: Mixed crowd of all ages

Car Parking: A small area of the station car park is available but you need to get there early to get a space. However, there is plenty of free parking on the streets around the station

Other Facilities (Toilets, refreshments etc): Didn’t see any toilets on site although there may have been some in the station. Refreshment tables and chairs are provided around the site which was great and well used.

Transport links (Train/Bus): Right outside Levenshulme train station and the A6 has plenty of bus routes running passed

Accessibility: Site is flat concrete so very good access for all

Vibe: Really easy going, friendly vibe to the whole market. The organisers provide music, and sometimes, live bands, which gives a bit of a festival vibe. All the stallholders were really friendly and enjoyed talking about their products, the weather and whatever else you wanted to chat about. Regular customers seemed to come and have a relaxed natter with something to eat & drink, and then browse the stalls at a leisurely pace, making a real outing of the visit.

I can definitely recommend the polish Pierogi & croquettes – they were delicious!

General Comments: This was a great weekly market run by a not for profit organisation that puts back into the local community. The stalls were large covered areas which allowed customers to browse easily without feeling congested. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and will definitely be back again the future.

Stallholder Comments: Most of the stallholders that we spoke to had been before and came back on a regular basis – usually fortnightly or monthly. They liked to feel of the market, the friendly clientele and generally have a profitable day. The day is always better when the sun shines, they said, but that is true of most things I find.

What did I buy (always quite a random selection…)?

Guitar string bracelet by Guitarbox (www.guitarbox.co.uk)

Crocheted baby hat by Rhubarb Tabarb (www.etsy.com/shop/rhubarbtabarb)

LED light shade by Vicky Holden (www.firecresthandmade.co.uk)

Handmade owl mask by PopUpToyko (www.popup-toyko.com)

Fair Organiser: Levenshulme Market CIC          

Website: www.levymarket.com

Contact Details: Christine Felton (christine@levymarket.com)