Southport Makers Market. Photo by Phil Gee of Stand Up For Southport

Shoppers have given their verdict on the first ever Southport Makers Market – and can’t wait to see it return! 

The launch event took place on Sunday (6th June), with over 60 artisan stalls set up along Market Street, next door to Southport Market. 

The Southport Makers Market will now take place on the first Sunday of every month, with the next one due to take place on Sunday, 4th July. 

Freelance Consultant at The Makers Market Matilda Bruchard said: “For our launch market in Southport on Sunday we were delighted to see so many people out to support local independent businesses showcasing with us! 

“We had so many positive comments on social media and we’re really looking forward to next month already.

“The sun was shining and it was lovely to see so many people spending their Sunday with us all whilst shopping local and supporting independent businesses at a time they need it the most.

“Thank you to everyone who came down to support us, see you all next month – Sunday 4th July.”

Southport stallholder Clare Coleman, who runs Odonata Crystals, said: “It was great! It was a beautiful day and it was lovely to see everyone enjoy themselves.

“There were some great stalls and the vibe was amazing!

“I was proud to be a part of it, particularly being a local girl myself.”

Odonata Crystals

Odonata Crystals

Visitors to their event were delighted by the huge range of goods on offer from independent artisan traders from Southport and across the North West. 

Speaking on the Southport Makers Market Facebook group, Courtney Green said: “Amazing being back in my hometown to see everyone and new customers, can’t wait to be back next month.”

Speaking on Stand Up For Southport, Dianne Glover said: “Lovely atmosphere – great to see people enjoying themselves, plus great stalls.”

Jill Newsham said: “Lovely market bought some delicious food. Will be even better when the Southport Market Hall opens. Try the scones stall they usually sell at the Flower Show.”

Fiona Bailey said: “Glad I got there before 11am, it was busy when I left. Some great stalls.”

Southport Makers Market. Photo by Phil Gee of Stand Up For Southport

Southport Makers Market. Photo by Phil Gee of Stand Up For Southport

Naomi Wilson said: “I can highly recommend the coffee grounds from the nice guy on the stall, the chicken and stuffing pies from the lady with brown hair and the cookies and Kinder cake from the stall near the pies. They’re all so nice, both the food and the stall holders.”

Carol Morgan said: “Thoroughly enjoyed it, everything we bought was lovely, great food and lovely stall holders, look forward to the next one.”

Belinda Dodd said: “Smashing little market hope the stallholders benefit and come back and the word gets out if it’s going to be regular.”

Rebecca Murphy said: “Really enjoyed this – so glad the weather was lovely for it too! Lots of lovely stalls and great atmosphere. Well done everyone involved!”

Southport Makers Market takes place outside Southport Market on the first Sunday of every month

Southport Makers Market takes place outside Southport Market on the first Sunday of every month

Stephanie Babet said: “It was so good! Bf and I had a great time, bought some gorgeous food and really looking forward to the next one!”

Mary Cottee said: “It was a really good market, lots of people, I do hope the traders found it worthwhile financially and that this is going to be a regular event, great day in Southport!”

Trev Wells said: “Great little market with nice stalls and goods.

“Also nice to see some normality returning…!”

Marie Davis said: “Well organised, friendly and some quality items for sale as well as a great place to buy gifts. Will be going again.”

Tracy Buxton said: “Great location, mix of stalls, size, vibe and once the market is open a great afternoon out! Well done to all concerned.”

Jo Duff said: “We had a wander around and bought some lovely things. The live music created a lovely atmosphere.

“PS I recommend the donuts.”

Linda Parsons from Naked Peak in Southport at Southport Makers Market. Photo by Phil Gee of Stand Up For Southport

Linda Parsons from Naked Peak in Southport at Southport Makers Market. Photo by Phil Gee of Stand Up For Southport

Julie Nolan said: “This was a really great market and well organised. Stalls were really good… loads of lush food and cakes… not for anyone on a diet! I bought scones, cheesecake, doggy cake, Greek pies and some lovely candles. Can’t wait for the next one…”

Do you want to get involved in the new Southport Makers Market? Contact the team at: themakersmarket.co.uk or email matilda@themakersmarket.co.uk

Sefton Council is currently leading the transformation of Southport Market, on the corner of King Street and Market Street, into an exciting new food, drink and events hub.

Once complete Southport Market will have 11 food and drink units serving up mouth-watering food, supported by fresh produce from Blackhursts Butchers and flexible event and market space.

The new-look Southport Market is on course to open its doors this summer, thanks to the hard work of Sefton Council and partners including builders Medlock and Architect & Interior designers DV8 Design, which specialises in hospitality and commercial transformations.

The building is undergoing its £1.4million redevelopment thanks to £900,000 funding through Southport Town Deal and £500,000 through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Owner Tony Blackhurst at Blackhurst Butchers in Southport Market

Owner Tony Blackhurst at Blackhurst Butchers in Southport Market

Family-run Blackhurst Butchers, which has been in the market for nearly 50 years, recently moved to their new unit at the front of the market. 

They will be joined by: 

Pitamu (finest Greek street food) 

600 Degrees (wood-fired speciality pizza) 

Allotment (big American burgers and loaded fries) 

Hectors Mexicana (the freshest Mexican street food)

Down and Oot (sizzling Canadian premium steaks and poutine)

King St. Bakery (iconic Portuguese tarts from Lisbon, plus tasty treats from across the UK)

Messy Moments (freshly-made crêpes or waffles with a variety of toppings)

Birkdale Pie & Mash (delicious home-made pies with a variety of fresh fillings)

Do you have a story for Stand Up For Southport? Please message Andrew Brown via Facebook here or email me at: mediaandrewbrown@gmail.com

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