The team behind the highly successful monthly Castle Artisan Market held in Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre are being supported by Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District and Newcastle Markets Team to create a special bank holiday extravaganza to be held on The Stones on Monday 30 August between 10am and 3pm.

The event will feature 55 local makers, bakers and creators, showcasing the talents of local artisans as well as free family focused activities such as live music, free face painting and arts workshop for children, balloon modelling plus poetry readings from Nick Degg and the meandering musings of beloved storyteller Alan Barrett.

North Staffordshire Stormtroopers will also be out patrolling the area and collecting much-needed funds for local greyhound and lurcher rescue charity Greyhound Gap and Stanworth’s Fun Fayre will also be attending with small rides.

International street food will be available and Piccoloco Café and The Fabulous Fizz Bar will be in the town.

The event will also include an array of familiar traders such as the unique stylings of Stokie ceramics and giftware creator Scruffy Little Herbert and the delicious culinary creations of Powells Pies plus will introduce ethically produced beauty products from Wriggly Tin SoapCo. and purveyors of craft beers, ciders, wines and spirits, Wilding Beer & Cider amongst other local artisan stallholders.

Castle Artisan Market co-host and organiser, Mike Davies said: “We’ve been blown away at just how popular the Castle Artisan Market has been since its inception last year, so we wanted to do something to celebrate that success in collaboration with Newcastle-under-Lyme BID who have been instrumental in helping to set up this Bank Holiday event. By working together, we’ve put together a unique day out in the heart of our home town so that everyone can enjoy a little locally produced retail therapy, international street food and drinks, local artists and plenty of free fun activities for the kids after months of restrictions and lockdowns.”

All council run car parks provide free parking each Sunday. Hand sanitiser stations and a one-way system will remain in place on the day.

Charl Pearce, Marketing & Project Executive from the Newcastle-under-Lyme BID, added: “With so many new and exciting projects going on around Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre right now, we want to champion collaboration between ourselves and the Castle Artisan team. Together, we really can make things happen, so we want to invite anyone seeking a community spirited event with plenty to see and do to come into town on the day and show your support for the incredible makers, baker and creators and enjoy the entertainment specially laid on by BID for the Bank Holiday.”

To find out more about the Castle Artisan Market Bank Holiday event visit their Facebook Page – Castle Artisan

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