At The Market Place...August

It’s August already, School holidays underway and no doubt many of you will be packing up and heading off to marvel at some of Britain’s stunning landscapes and holiday retreats. To get you in the mood;  here’s some poetic words from John Betjeman “Ah! Seaweed smells from sandy caves,  and thyme and mist in whiffs, In-coming tide, Atlantic waves slapping the sunny cliffs, Lark song and sea sounds in the air, And splendour, splendour everywhere.” (from Seaside Golf).


This month we will witness some great events, namely the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and more locally our very own Phoenix Festival, 27th & 28th August. This free festival in the Cotswold’s inspires and involves young people, supports local talent, engages businesses and makes live performance accessible to all. So if you haven’t been before, make sure you hop, skip or jump along to the Abbey Grounds and share the fun and see what a great event this really is, organised principally by a local team of dedicated award wining volunteers.


Talking of youth, Cirencester Markets has been busy championing young enterprise on the Market Place and we have been lucky to have Gabby Martin-Goff (18) from Sew Little on the market over the Summer. Gabby, seamstress of beautiful handmade cloths and accessories for babies and toddlers won best stall at our Youth Market on 16 March. Her prize included eight weekly pitches on the Friday Charter Market and she has been going great guns. Gabby has submitted an application to qualify for the National Youth Market in Manchester in September, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that she qualifies as she will get some fantastic national exposure at this event. 


Cirencester Markets are busy working with Cirencester College’s Innovation & Enterprise team and plans are coming underway for next year’s Youth Market planned for 22 March and possibly a small Youth Market planned for this Christmas, so watch this space. The market has recently hosted Enterprise Challenge students from Deer Park School who made a beautiful array of sops and bath bombs and raised over £250.00 towards charity! Cirencester Markets embrace and supports young enterprise and youth initiatives so please contact us if a market stall might be a good platform to promote what you are doing.


Turning now to food, we have recently had some great BBQ, Alfresco dining weather. Did you know that there are thousands of great ways to cook with pork and it’s brilliant on the BBQ. Whether marinating some tasty kebabs or slow cooking a joint on the barbie, English pork takes a lot of beating. For some great recipe ideas go to www.lovepork.co.uk. Orchard Cottage Farm  have been frequenting the Farmers Markets for many years and have a large, dedicated following for their hand reared local pork. It’s also now the height berries madness, showcasing a wonderful array of reds, pinks and purples. Succulent and sweet and perfect for naughty Sumer Puds with lots of cream!


Cirencester Markets have launched the Workers of Cirencester loyalty scheme, and our traders have come up with individual special offers that complement their businesses which will provide versatility when shopping at the market so you can choose what you need, when you need it whilst making some good savings. To find out more go to www.cirencester.gov.uk/markets.


Cirencester Markets take place every Friday (Charter Market) from 9am to 4pm and every second and fourth Saturday of the month (Farmers Market) from 08.30am to 1.30pm.

For more information about the markets visit www.cirencester.gov.uk/markets