2013 Events

Portland Basin Family Day & Craft Market 8th December 2013

Father Christmas was the VIP guest at the Portland Basin Christmas Family Day on the 8th December.  MWL Events were very proud to be asked to provide craft & gift stalls at the event organised by Tameside Cultural Services.  This is a regular and popular event which we really enjoyed adding a festive atmosphere to.  The day attracted over 1000 visitors and music was provided by Ashton Brass Band.

Stalybridge Winter Handmade Market - 9th November 2013

The last Handmade Market of 2013 took place on the 9th November and it was another huge success.  Even though the market didn't officially open until 11am some early bird customers were coming into the hall from 10.15am.  The hall looked amazing and every stall looked festive.  This market was the biggest one of the year with a massive 58 stalls booked.  There was also an area available in the hall to sit and enjoy a refreshing brew from Smart Coffee.  Some of our regular food producers were selling at the market including Robinsons Bakery with a fine selection of breads and Little Saddleworth Pie Company with their amazing pies. 

As it was Remembrance weekend we invited the Royal British Legion along to sell poppies at the market and our tombola, with prizes donated by all the stallholders, raised over £140. 

At 1pm St Paul's Brass Band came along and provided us with some fabulous musical entertainment, including Christmas carols to complete the festive atmosphere.

All in all it was another fantastic day with around 2000 visitors recorded.  Some comments we received:

'Stalybridge needs more of the same'

 'Wonderful, will make it a regular visit and spread the word'

 'Fantastic, just what Stalybridge needs'

 'Change the rest of Stalybridge to match this'

Due to the resounding success of the Handmade Market there will be 6 markets throughout the year in 2014!


Stalybridge Autumn Handmade Market - 5th October 2013

Crowds gathered outside at 11am on Saturday 5th October 2013 to see The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joe Kitchen, officially open the Autumn Handmade Market. 

The old market hall showcased a spectacular array of craft stalls selling everything from handmade dog coats to beautifully illustrated heart mirrors.  Brand new this time was the introduction of a Food Hall providing refreshments as well as locally produced cakes, pies, preserves and bread.

Tameside Radio once again broadcasted live from the market and Stalybridge Town Team and local charitable group Tameside 4 Good were also in residence to fundraise and raise awareness for their independent causes.  

News of this fabulous market is spreading and 1700 people were recorded to have visited throughout the day with nothing but good feedback being received. 

Jonathan Reynolds MP wrote "It is my understanding nearly 2000 people ventured through the doors to visit spectacular stalls being showcased. The town is alive again on account of the Civic Hall doors opening up to the public and you are to be credited for bringing this opportunity to Stalybridge."

The Mayor's comment on his blog read "on Saturday morning we were delighted to be asked to perform the official opening of the Stalybridge Handmade Market in the Civic Hall. Our thanks go to Katherine Brookes from My Wonderful Little Events for her hard work in staging this event."

The Civic Hall will once again play host to the Handmade Market on the 9th November which promises to be a fantastic Winter/ Christmas themed shopping experience.


Stalybridge Summer Handmade Market - 3rd August 2013

On Saturday 3rd August 2013 Stalybridge Civic Hall opened it's doors once again as the venue for the Stalybridge Summer Handmade Market, this time attracting 1500 visitors despite it being holiday season.

Talented artists, crafters and food producers set up their stalls with amazing products to tempt the customers. Stalybridge Old Band provided some brand bass classics and even the Mayor and Mayoress popped in for a spot of shopping.  Local radio station Tameside Radio broadcasted one of their shows live from the market and lots of money was raised on the tombola for local charity Reuben's Retreat. 

Not only does the event offer an outlet for independent crafts and producers it also brings with it a much needed boost to the local economy by providing a focal point and reason for people to visit Stalybridge. Local businesses within the town benefit from the additional footfall, with several business owners reporting a noticeable increase in shoppers and takings.

The Handmade Market will return on the 5th October!


 Stalybridge Spring Handmade Market - 20th April 2013

On Saturday 20th April 2013, Stalybridge played host to itâ€â„¢s first ever Handmade Market which attracted a staggering 2000 visitors.The market showcased the talents of 50 local artists, crafters and food producers, creating a vibrant and enthusiastic atmosphere, not only within the Market Hall, but extending into the surrounding shops and businesses. Visitors expressed feelings of nostalgia and were delighted to see the hall being re-opened for such a creative event.

Andrew Stevenson, Chairman of Stalybridge Town Team said â€Å“The fact that the Civic Hall was once again open for business is in itself an achievement. To have a packed hall along with reports of our shopping streets being busy and a great bustle around the Town, with several shops reporting their busiest day since opening, puts 'icing on the cake'.