1. SUNDAY AUGUST 10TH, 10AM-4PM, GREEN PARK STATION, BATH
On Sunday August 10th The Bath Artisan Market is delighted to welcome back bands from The Bath Folk Festival who will be playing all day at Green Park Station.
Last year’s collaboration between the market and festival was a great success and drew large crowds who were especially entertained by youthful ceilidh band Threepenny Bit and the barn-storming ARDS CCE from Ireland. We’re therefore extremely happy to announce that both acts are returning this year. We’re also very excited about our headline act, is Owl in the Sun, a West Country 6 piece who inhabit a musical world of Americana, gypsy jazz and contemporary folk.
Alongside the free live acts are over 60 stalls selling the best of Bath’s art, vintage and designer-maker wares, plus local food producers, excellent coffee and delicious hot food. The Bath Artisan Market runs on the second Sunday of each month and recently one a BEHTA Award (Bath Events, Hospitality and Tourism Award) for working with other events in the city like the Bath Folk Festival. For more information contact www.bathartisanmarket.com
2. LUNCHTIME FOLK MUSIC & ARTISAN MARKET! With free kids’ craft workshops
MONDAY 11TH AUGUST-FRIDAY 15TH AUGUST
11AM-3PM, GREEN PARK STATION MARKET SQUARE.
Picking up where Sunday leaves off, The Bath Artisan Market and The Bath Folk Festival are further collaborating the following week by hosting a special series of free lunchtime gigs on the market square at Green Park Station, Bath.
From Monday 11th August to Friday 15th August there will be live music every day, select artisan and food stalls and free kids’ workshops and activities, so you can come and shop, eat lunch to a soothing folk soundtrack and keep the kids entertained too. You will also be able to buy tickets or find out more about the 8 day festival (9th-17th August) from the Bath Folk Festival’s Info stall that will be there all week. For more information about the market contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s one thing whiling away the hours developing products to sell, but what happens when you bring them to market? Do you think that simply putting them on your table will ensure significant sales?
Of course you don’t, because you know that your market stall is your shop window for the day, but it’s not always easy to know the best way to present your stall so that it catches the public’s eye but retains your individuality at the same time. That’s why our designer, marketeer and Bath Spa art graduate Carla Stobbs has researched some innovative, creative and simple ways to help make your stall stand out. And if you use Pinterest, find some more ideas here.
1. Make eye-catching signs.
Be proud of your brand! One of the first things a customer looks for is your business name or information about what you are selling/making. There are lots of creative ways to do this, from hand-stitching your name onto bunting or banners (especially if you sell textiles) to creating handmade signs with an arty feel to commissioning a fellow trader from the market to make one for you. We love how this blogger (pictured) has upcycled some old pallets to do just that.
Not confident with your handwriting? I’m sure many of us have struggled writing that perfect chalkboard sign. Here is a sneaky tip to getting it perfect!
Tags and labels are just as important, these are best written in a simple font or neat handwriting. If a price tag isn’t shown or is hard to read, the customer might not always ask and may walk away.
Does your packaging have your brand name on it? If you are using plain paper bags how about getting your logo design turned into a stamp so you can turn that boring paper bag into your own unique creation! I recommend The English Stamp Company who I used to create a stamp for my screenprinting business, Happy Inkers.
2. Find unique ways to display your products
Your stall should be an inviting space for people to be drawn to, just like a shop front. How about bringing extra things to the market to use at props? People love objects that are visually interesting – these scarves displayed on a ladder makes for easy pickings, plus they are easy to display and customers can quickly compare and contrast colours. Even you wouldn’t have to keep folding them back up.
Use colour to set things out from each other. If you have lots of clashing colours it may be difficult for the customer to spot things easily, but by using plain tablecloths you can really make your stock stand out.
Also, another useful tip is to have a look at other market stalls or browse on our Pinterest board for some stall inspiration.
3. Wear your products
If your product is clothing or jewellery, always wear it! This shows that you are confident about its functionality. If you have a couple things to show off then bring along some mannequins. This will give people an idea of the shape and style more so than a hanger.
4. Allow your customers to visualise your products in their lives.
If your product isn’t worn, think about creative ways to show its uses. If you’re selling food, have some samples out to taste. This will invite the customer over and open up a conversation plus they will hopefully be seduced by your delicious food.
Think about how you want your customer to use your product and display it in a way that makes them easy to visualise it in their own homes. Revel Interiors for example, uses a parasol to hang her lampshades which gives the customer a better understanding how the product may look when hung. Not only that but it makes a huge impact to the way her stall looks! Display cushions on chairs and hang pictures on a back board if the space allows.
5. Don’t be afraid to change…
If something isn’t quite working, think about doing things differently. Nicole from Loganberry did just that by changing the way she displayed her soaps from rustic but cumbersome wicker baskets to painted wine boxes. Not only do her products stand out more now, but also it has saved her time cleaning up straw at the end of the day!
We’re very proud to announce that we won the inaugural BEHTA awards in June (Bath Events, Hospitality and Tourism Awards) for ‘Best Contribution to the Community’ placing gold above Bradford on Avon Tourist Board.
BAM started life in October 2012 organised by Catherine Stokes and her husband Jai and although Jai no longer works on the market day-to-day, Catherine still does, now helped by Emma White, Bookings Manager and Carla Stobbs, Marketing & Designer, currently on a freelance basis. We now regularly have over 70 stalls and pride ourselves on choosing high quality traders to join us each month and offer them affordably priced stalls so small businesses can reach affluent customers in Bath.
Read an interview that Catherine gave to Total Guide to Bath about the award here.
But not only did we win big, we have also been featured in three national publications: Waitrose Kitchen as one of 21 things to do this Summer, Craftseller – as a must-see fair in Bath and Embroidery magazine (in a piece by Deena Beverley). Not only that but The Bath Magazine featured two of our regular traders (Revel Interiors and Canvas Butterfly) in a piece about talented Bath makers and where you can find them (with us), plus online listings website, Bath 360 ran a piece about our latest success. Phew, that’s about it for now folks!
We’re looking forward to our market on Sunday 8th June, especially as it’s the perfect opportunity to buy Dads a unique treat for Father’s Day on June 15th. We’ve over 70 stalls to choose from, but here are four of our favourite buys to inspire you. There’ll be plenty more besides this weekend, including free screenprinting on your old t-shirt and new bread and cheese traders too. Come see! Free entry from 10am.
What man doesn’t love his cider and there’s none better tasting than a bottle of Worley’s, locally made at Shepton Mallet. Neil and Helen Worley make their delicious drink from fresh-pressed cider apple juice, once a year at harvest time – which makes them proper craft makers of traditional cider. Find them on the market square! You can even book a cider tasting session with them too.
Make Dad a nice cup of tea on Father’s Day, in one of these handmade, stoneware mugs. Designed and made by Chris Roddick of Potty Potters, it’s man enough for your strongest brew. Chris is inspired by medieval pottery and his recent “other life” as a professional jet pilot! He’s in the middle of the market square this Sunday.
Buying coffee on the go can be an expensive business – so save Pa some money by giving him this stylish thermos flask, designed with a memorable (and fashionable) moustache motif. Maker Julie Marchant has a whole range of other products in matching patterns and contrasting patterns- don’t miss her on the middle of the market square.
If your father likes to read, buy him one of these original lamps made out of vintage hardback books. Made by inspirational designer-maker, Claire MacDonald from Oh My Lovely, they come complete with a painted lampshade and are ready to go.