The Treacle Market & Gawsworth Hall Craft Fair!

Today I had a very lovely day. My local area decided to provide me with lots of fun things to do, five minutes from my doorstep, so I decided to take it up on its offers, and go to The Treacle Market in Macclesfield, and the Craft, Food, & Gift Fair, at Gawsworth Hall!

Luckily the weather was good too, so we had a very pleasant morning, strolling from stall to stall, picking up a cupcake here, and a bottle of elderflower cordial there. The Treacle Market has grown into something quite fabulous, with live music, a huge variety of stalls, and local shop-keepers throwing open their doors on a Sunday.

 

 


At lunch-time we moved onto Gawsworth Hall, which is a beautiful setting, and the grounds were adorned with medieval tents and lots of bunting. I have to say, I was a little disappointed with the fair itself. You had to pay Β£3.50 to attend, which I was happy to do so, but I was less happy to notice that the fair had shrunk since last year – from 2 or 3 craft marquee’s & a food tent, to 1 craft marquee & a food tent – and that there were a lot more stalls which didn’t seem to display handmade goods, but bought in merchandise. However, there were still some really lovely pieces there, and it had a nice, busy atmosphere. My favourite thing of the day, however, was the archery in the medieval section. You could have a go – 6 arrows for Β£2.50, and as a life-long fan and admirer of Robin Hood, I was quick to snap up the chance. It was great fun, the people explaining it to you were lovely, and I even managed to hit the target!

What have you been up to this weekend?
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18 responses to “The Treacle Market & Gawsworth Hall Craft Fair!

  1. I haven’t heard of the Treacle market, must find out more – sounds fab! I used to do the Gawsworth Hall fairs and I know there’s been a gradual downward turn on that one for years now (fewer marquees, fewer real crafts) which is a shame as it’s a beautiful setting, and makes a great day out with all the birds of prey and mediaeval village.

    • The Treacle Market is great, really worth a visit! I’m on the waiting list for stall at the moment, & can’t wait to have one πŸ˜€ I did a fair at Capesthorne Hall last October, which is run by the same people that run the Gawsworth Hall one, and I found that people were mainly buying the bought-in, mass produced stuff which was a shame.

  2. Those cakes all look yummy…I’m rather hungry now!
    I went to a craft fair and flower show this weekend. The craft fair part consisted of a bee keeper with his bees and honey and a lady with about 10 jars of jam and chutney…and a tombola!

  3. I love the sound of the Treacle Market, it is such a great name! I think I would have to have had a go at the archery… but did you hit the stag and roast it for supper?

  4. This sounds so fun, I don’t think we have anything like this. Love that giraffe, cannot tell what it was made of. The food looked especially good altho I’m sure none of it is anything I am allowed to eat. A girl can dream, however. πŸ™‚

  5. The Treacle Market sounds gorgeous – what fun. I am super envious of you having a go at archery – I’ve never tried before but would love to. And I agree with what others have said – those cakes looked delish!

  6. Shame that the Gawsworth Hall event is shrinking. Sounds like you had a good time anyway. Loving the look of those cupcakes you photographed πŸ™‚

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