Staffordshire taps in to booming craft craze

As Britain’s craft movement continues to boom, Barton Marina’s monthly Artisan Market is putting Staffordshire firmly on the tourist map.

Thousands of visitors flocked to the specialist arts and crafts event last year and its eagerly-awaited 2017 return is already proving to be a hit with shoppers.

The market, which is held on the last Sunday of each month, drew visitors far and wide when it opened last month for a new season and the next event on Sunday 28 May (10am to 4pm) promises to be just as popular.

Featuring a wealth of independent suppliers and unique stalls, including a new antiques market, the craft bazaar is yet another reason why visitors are flocking to Staffordshire.

Among the most recent stallholders to join the event are Vivid Accessories (fashion handbags, purses and jewellery) Binneys Fused Glass (fused glass items, gifts and bowls), Phil’s Woodcraft (handmade wooden items), Mercury Gifts (mosaic candle holders) and Petal Felt (handmade crafted felt items).

Alongside traditional craft, the market is also becoming a favourite for food lovers with a wealth of local food producers onboard including Gin On Tour (gin samples), Manor Fruit Farm (local strawberries and soft fruits) and Spice Fever (samosas).

A spokesperson for Barton Marina, said: “Britain’s craft sector is booming and is now a billion-pound industry. Our popular Artisan Market showcases the very best of Staffordshire’s artistic talent and local food producers and is already proving to be a hit with locals and visitors alike.

“The feedback from our opening event has been wonderfully positive, with many welcoming the exciting addition of our new in-house antiques fayre. With the fantastic array of food and drink venues around the marina itself, the market really is becoming a highlight of Staffordshire’s events calendar.”

Antiques2Go is an expert in the management of antiques events and already holds established auctions at Bugbrooke and Moreton Pinkney in Northamptonshire as well as antiques and collectors’ fairs at Lamport Hall in Northampton.

The family-run business, managed by a team of experienced antique dealers, is one of a series of successful independent businesses to sign up to the expanding Artisan Market, run by events management company Sketts.

The Waterfront – Barton Marina’s premier restaurant and entertainment venue – recently launched a new breakfast menu including Eggs Benedict, American Pancakes and Full English, providing every excuse to enjoy a day out at the Marina.