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Huge artisan market coming to Ribble Valley village this weekend

LancsLive logo LancsLive 23/06/2022 Denise Evans

If you have a few hours to spare at the weekend, they are made for stooling market stalls, sampling the food on offer and buying the odd gift or trinket. And if you throw in a market surrounded by beautiful Ribble Valley countryside and set in a lovely village just outside of Clitheroe, than it is an even better experience.

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The two-day Whalley Artisan Market will be held on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 at The Swan Hotel Courtyard from 10am to 4pm. The monthly event grows bigger each time, with June's set to welcome 50 stallholders bringing local art, design, fashion and vintage items together.

Organisers Crafty Vintage have sourced stalls filled with classic vintage items, collectibles, retro wares, quirky handmade goods, fine foods and homemade cuisine. There'll be everything from cakes to candles, jewellery to jams, honey to homewares, cheese to ceramics, doughnuts to dog treats, and fudge to flowers.

Whalley Artisan Market © CraftyVintage Whalley Artisan Market

A host of talent such as live music from local guitarist Doug Livesey and DJ Sam Flanigan will also be available for visitors to enjoy. Look out for 112 Pizza, who will be serving the Italian favourite from a converted German Fire Engine alongside a vintage horse trailer that serves ethically sourced coffee and vegan-friendly cakes.

There will be picnic table seating dotted around the site and visitors can also explore the villages, which has its own history Abbey, boutiques and cafe-bars. Ample parking is also available.

Laura Johnson who founded Crafty Vintage in 2011, said: "The group has such a diverse set of talent from every inch of Lancashire and the Monthly Artisan Market is a celebration of this which invites visitors to come along and see the best of local art, food, accessories and decor - all on their doorstep delivered with a sustainable ethos”.

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