Sunday 16th March saw the first of this year’s new Andover Farmers’ and Crafts Market in the High Street.
Forty stalls packed the centre of town offering a tempting array of food, drink, plants and arts and crafts to a bumper crowd. The bustling atmosphere was helped along by music from Sing for Fun in the Time Ring, and the sun smiled on shoppers all day.
Hazel Hancock, portrait and caricature artist, and a stallholder on the day said: “We had an absolutely brilliant day. It was well organised, a great turnout, brilliant location and a really high footfall.”
Oaktrack Smallholding echoed this sentiment. “This market is invaluable to smallholders and small businesses and there was a great buzz in the High Street. It was really good to see Andover being a market town, long may it continue.”
Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr, said: “This first Andover Farmers’ and Crafts market run by the borough council has been an unqualified success and is another practical example of the council’s commitment to keep the High Street alive and encourage more visitors and shoppers to the town. When I arrived at 10am the market was already busy and the High Street was buzzing with traders and shoppers.”
Forthcoming events in the High Street include a Business Fair on Friday 28th March, Bert & Gert’s Artisan and Vintage Market on Sunday 11th May, and the next Farmers’ and Crafts Market on Sunday 18th May.