Host of artisan items in new market


An exciting new market is due to start on Gillingham’s High Street this Sunday, October 11.

The market will be one of two dates planned before Christmas, and will be known as Gillingham White Hart Market.

The market is being run as a collaboration between Gillingham’s ‘Town Team’ and Salisbury-based The Anonymous Travelling Market, who will bring a broad array of stalls to the town selling artisan goods and produce, much made or produced by the stallholders themselves. Most overseas products on the markets are ethically produced or Free Trade. All of the stallholders are either local or based in the Wessex region.

Steve Dauwalder, operations manager for The Anonymous Travelling Market, said: “Outdoor markets are showing a surge of popularity again and the covid-19 pandemic makes people feel much more comfortable when shopping outdoors.”

Organisers have put in place stringent covid-19 controls including hand sanitising points, a Track & Trace system and a one-way route around the High Street site. The High Street will be closed to traffic between School Lane and Barnaby Mead – traffic will be diverted along Le Neubourg Way. All of the town’s car parks will still be accessible to shoppers and a number of shops will be open. The second date for this year with be a special White Hart Christmas Market on Saturday, December 12 – stallholder interest for this one is growing fast, say organisers.

Steve added: “I am pleased to see the encouragement provided by The Town Team, shop owners, local residents and a number of town councillors, whose support lays a good foundation for a new market. We are hoping to make this a regular monthly event from 2021.”

There will also be a few street food traders on site as well as a busking point. There is still some space left for retail traders or for thosewishing to use the busking point. Contact Steve at 07795 321 535 for more information. This Sunday’s market will open at 9am.

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