Shops & Markets

Businesses join forces to support Deans Court market

By Sarah Edwards at

Shops and businesses from across the town will come together on Saturday to support the first Deans Court Open Air Market.
In a bid to increase footfall and raise the profile of the area, fellow shop owners Sarah Haydon and Vanessa James decided to organise the event.
Sarah said: “Vanessa and I wanted to try and increase awareness around the town that Deans Court exists. As a new business, she was keen to introduce her products and services to a wider audience. I have been here over four years now and have gradually seen a decline in footfall. Whatever the reason for that, we decided to join forces and hold an open air market. Deans Court is a perfect space for this as it’s pedestrianised.

“We contacted local businesses on Facebook asking if anyone would like a stall and it’s grown from there. So far we have at least 15 traders booked in, selling a range of handmade gifts, keepsakes, candles, cakes, childrens’ books, beauty products and financial services.”

So far the following businesses will be taking part in Saturday’s event:

Cakes by Sian Skinner
Dragonfly Personalised Designs by Lisa and Nicola Henton-Mitchell – personalised keepsakes and gifts
White Wick Candles – handmade candles by Emma White
Handmade by Holchester – handmade homewares and craft kits by Rachel Winchester and Emma Simmonds
Options Beauty & The Boutique – selling scarves, jewellery and other accessories
Seriously Sweet – Sweet treats and gift packs
IMS – mortgage and property lettings/sales
Avon – make up and gifts by Sue Hedges
Usborne Books – children’s book range from 0 to teens
Handmade goodies by Vicky Harvey
Neals Yard Organics by Mog Aiyer
Forever Living by Jennifer Ratcliff
Utility Warehouse with Sarah Sienkiewicz
Handmade gifts by Vikki Hartshorn

Sarah added: “We are really looking forward to seeing how this works, and whether we will be able to run more of these throughout the year.”