Kirkham’s first Artisan Market was hailed a massive success by stallholders and shoppers alike as Lancashire Artisan Traders opened their initial monthly market on Kirkham’s historic Market Square last Saturday. And they are now already looking forward to the next market which will take place on Saturday 14th August.
Stalls showcasing handmade gifts, fresh produce, craft gin, speciality cheese and sauces, pet foods, books and delicious pies and cakes drew large crowds throughout the day. Kick Ass Cheese, Wild Fox Gin, Shirley’s Pies, Goosnargh Meats, Piggery Designs, Bertie Chippington hot sauces, Heights Farm Pet Foods and Utility Warehouse were just some of the traders who graced the Square last Saturday.
As an added bonus, joining the many traders on Market Square was Kirkham Cultural Consortium who unveiled a series of interactive art installations around town as part of Kirkham’s status as one of Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HS HAZ).
Cliff Crabtree, who set up the Lancashire Artisan Traders group to showcase and celebrate local companies, proudly said, ‘What a grand day everyone had – many people commented about how it was so good to be able to buy and support local trades.
‘Feedback from stall holders was extremely positive with fantastic trading all day. Many traders commented on the very enthusiastic flow of customers and the Market Square being such a perfect location.
‘All stalls are returning for next month’s Artisan Market and other traders are asking to join. A good market grows by word of mouth.”
The Artisan Market will return every second Saturday of the month and next takes place in Kirkham on Saturday 14th August, 2021.