Head start for Bath shoppers Early Bird Christmas Market
Christmas came early to Bath on Sunday thanks to a market showcasing artisan craftspeople and small businesses.
The Early Bird Christmas Market at Green Park Station saw more than 60 traders selling a host of items including vintage clothing, candles, jewellery, pottery and food.
The event was one of the markets organised by the Bath Artisan Market company.
Kate and James Scully from local firm madparrot.co.uk said the event had been a great way to get their handcrafted products before a new audience.
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“We started off the business with cards and then moved into crafts and Christmas decorations and wrapping paper,” said Mrs Scully.
“People liked the cards so much we turned them into prints, most of the products are made by us but all items are by people in Bath.
Lynda Parry and her partner Simon Evans were helping to keep youngsters occupied at the market with their pottery painting business Arty Kids.
The Trowbridge couple, who have five children between them, said their stall had proved popular.
“This is our second visit to the market and people can either paint the pottery here or take it away to paint at home.
“All our family are involved in the business and it’s a great way to keep children occupied without spending a lot of money.”
Katy Reuter, from Longwell Green, was carefully making an advent calendar with two-year-old daughter Jinnie (CORR) at the market.
“We saw the sign and thought we would come along,” she said.
“We like crafts and this (event) is brilliant.”
Bath-based Nicky Benjamin from Sunara Designs was selling her range of handcrafted products including quilts and hair decorations.
“This is my first time here but people have made some really lovely remarks (about my products),” she said.
“They are all unique, handmade items.”
Jai Stokes, who organised the market along with his wife Catherine, said it had gone well.
“It has been busy and we had about 20 people (stallholders) we couldn’t accommodate,” he said.
“I thought the quality was really high and the way I like to do things is for each one to be better than the last.
“We would like to get more kids activities next time; we had a lot of kids painting and that sort of engaging aspect is really good.”
The couple are also holding a Christmas Food & Stocking Filler Market on Sunday, December 9 at Green Park Station from 9.30-4pm.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bathartisanmarket.com.