Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Come To Cambridge Markets This Bank Holiday Weekend

This Monday 26th August the Market Square hosts the Bank Holiday Market where not only will you find traders from the General Market, but also traders from the Sunday Arts, Crafts & Local Produce Market.  So, come along to Cambridge Markets this Bank Holiday Weekend and browse amongst the fabulous array of goods on offer!

As usual this bank holiday weekend we will have the General Market which takes place Monday to Saturday in the Market Square. This market is a hive of activity with around 100 stalls offering a wide selection of goods from fruit & vegetables, fresh food, CDs, mobile phone accessories, clothes, gifts & flowers to sweets, jewellery, books and recycled goods. There are also a number of services offered on the market including tailoring stalls, bicycle repairs and two ladies & gents hairdressers!

Councillor Andrea Reiner says,
“The General Market has such a great variety of stalls & it really does cater for customers looking for both the unusual & the more traditional items. New stalls are arriving all the time so come take a look - you never know what you might find!"
The Market Square also hosts a flourishing Arts, Crafts & Local Produce Market this Sunday & every Sunday throughout the year, selling organic produce from local farmers, cheese & pies, Belgian waffles, ostrich burgers, German sausages, Caribbean cakes, cupcakes, breads & savouries, alongside work from some of the region's most talented artists, craftsmen, potters, sculptors, jewellers and photographers.

Whilst browsing through the Market Square why not also stroll along to the All Saints Garden Art & Craft Market which has been part of the Cambridge scene for over thirty years, providing the opportunity for artists and craftspeople to exhibit in this delightful open-air setting just opposite Trinity College on Saturdays throughout the year and some weekdays too, depending on the season and will be open this Friday the 23rd as well as Saturday 24th. This friendly market, with the motto "We Make What We Sell" provides a very special opportunity to meet the artists and makers, discuss their work, and to buy unique hand-made products direct from the maker.

Cambridge is a unique market city where stalls have been trading at the historic Market Square since the Middle Ages and it has more to offer than you might think!

This poem by Anne E U King captures the essence of what makes Cambridge Markets so special:
Market Square Poem
 Breaking dawn in Market Square
Cheery greetings in the air
Early risers sipping tea
Hoping for a spending spree

Bags to fill and coins to spend
‘Which one would you recommend?’
Seasoned vendors holding sway
Pleased that’s it’s a busy day
Spanners, tools and wooden toys
Young men, old men, women, boys
Quickened breath and darting eyes
Waiting bargains tantalise

Hot dogs draw the ling’rers in
Daylight fades and crowds grow thin
‘Pound a bunch!’ the flower man cries
Casts a glance at darkening skies

Sunset falls on Market Square
‘Coloured socks, two pounds the pair!’
Huddled groups, a dwindling throng
Final strains of busker’s song

Van doors opened, tables clear
Last few stragglers disappear
Coloured canvas turns to grey
Evening’s just a breath away

By Anne E U King