I love weekends when there are no plans and you are just free to take the days at your own pace. This Bank Holiday weekend we hadn’t planned to do anything but I had a few leaflets for local happenings so I thought we’d just see what we fancied doing as the mood took us. Quite close to us is a lovely little park with a National Wildflower Centre attached (I must get here in spring next year as it looks beautiful) they run all sorts of events over the summer and this weekend they were hosting an Artisan Market. Never one to pass up a bit of moochy shopping and the gleeful amounts of cake that are usually at these kind of things, we went to check it out on Sunday afternoon. We are lucky that Lucas is at that age now when he will generally walk and hold our hand so we don’t have to chase him everywhere and we took the single buggy and our Ergo baby carrier to make it a little easier to get around.
It was the nicest day of the whole weekend and we had a lovely time pottering around, looking at the stalls and sampling the wares. I like going to markets and chatting to the people; they are so creative and outgoing and obviously have such a passion for their trade. I loved the man who used old 70’s comics to create the most amazing, photo frames, cufflinks, coasters and so much more. We spent quite a while there and couldn’t resist a Wolverine coaster. The letters in frames to hang on walls are fantastic, if you want to pop by his page and say hello it’s iloveupcycle. I also loved a lady who had the prettiest little handsewn baby clothes, Keksiä Kids, they were adorable. I wish I knew more girls to buy for as the dresses were so cute. Of course I couldn’t leave without cake, two amazing brownies from Treats Bake Shop and delcious muffins from The Muffin Mistress. I wish I had got a picture of Natalie Spencer Designs stall as they had the most beautiful cushions and pictures for children; very unique.
Sometimes it’s so easy to just go the the big stores when shopping but I’m going to try and make more of an effort to go to these small markets, especially when shopping for gifts. There are so many great quality products and it’s nice to know you are supporting a small local business. The boys were really good all day; there was plenty going on for them to nosy at; a steady supply of food kept them happy as well as a quick trip to the playground. All in all a great family day out and one I would happily do again.
I didn’t receive anything for writing this post – we just had a lovely family day out and I wanted to share some fantastic local businesses!