Dumfries Makers Market, curated by The Guild (Dumfries) CIC makes a retuirn to the town this month at the end of January.
The artisan market, which will have over fifteen stalls from local artists, designers and makers, is to be held within the on Saturday 26th January from 12 noon to 10pm and Sunday 27th January from 10am to 4pm in a marquee at the Whitesands, Dumfries.
Visitors can enjoy shopping for something a little bit different or get involved in the programme of creative workshops throughout the weekend. There will be a children’s cookery class, story-telling sessions plus printing and embroidery workshops, talks and demonstrations.
Meet makers from across the region and beyond and find out the story of their designs and inspiration behind their work. There will be gifts to make you smile, vegan friendly candles, handmade books and prints, designs inspired by Scottish words and sayings and Bonnie the Beltie. Handmade jewellery, beautiful local floristry and much more.
Councillor Adam Wilson, the Council’s Events Champion said, “This specialist market will be a fantastic and is sure to draw hundreds of extra visitors into Dumfries. As a Council we are committed to identifying and implementing the best means of securing economic opportunities for businesses through the regional Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018. January to date has already been a positive month, with the successful Women’s Under 18s World Championship Ice Hockey tournament being hosted at Dumfries Ice Bowl. Our Council’s investment in festivals and events is making a real difference to our local economy.”
Kirsten Scott, Director of The Guild said, “We were delighted and overwhelmed with the positive response we had to our first Dumfries Makers Market at the Christmas Lights Switch-on event. Despite the awful weather, visitors flocked to the market in their thousands and spirits were certainly not dampened. We are so excited to showcase even more talent from our region and beyond. At least this time, our market will be inside a heated marquee!”
Leah Halliday, Director of The Guild said “We are delighted that Dumfries and Galloway Council have shown faith in us by awarding a grant of £500 to help with workshop materials and production costs. It has been a huge boost for us. We have also secured funding from Dumfries and Galloway Unlimited to pay for tutor fees for our workshops, which again is very welcome.”