About Us

The first 'pop-up shop' in Hayfield was held in March 2013 at 1 Church Street (this property was an empty front room right beside the bridge in the village) by two local bakers (Pennie Roberts of Glorious Gluten Free Foods and Margaret Cartland of Cartland Cakes). After planning the event for what was hoped to be a typical Spring morning, Pennie and Margaret woke up to find the village cut off by snow and ice! However, this turn of bad weather worked to their advantage as everyone shopped locally that day and they sold out of baked goods very quickly.


Later that Spring, the group grew from two bakers to five members (the additional three being local craftspeople who in turn make soaps and creams, jewellery and textiles, and Celtic-inspired produce), and soon outgrew the initial premises. Taking on the name 'Handmade Hayfield', the group was lucky to be offered the use of Twenty Trees gallery (only a few doors away from the original venue) as the new venue for the pop-up shops. We invited other local crafters to take part in the shops, helping provide an outlet for local wares and produce, as well as inspiring residents of the village to shop locally and hence boost the village's small economy as well as provide a place for people to feel part of their local community. 


Unfortunately, Twenty Trees gallery closed in the late Summer, but after a promising start to Handmade Hayfield, we managed to find a new home at The Pack Horse, Hayfield for a few months until we were kindly offered a permanent regular venue at The Village Hall, Hayfield. 

Due to a keen interest in keeping local trade sustainable and local shops from closing, we want to continue the Handmade Hayfield events but make them bigger and better, which means fewer than when it started, but far greater events, and also combining with other artistic ventures within the village. We want Handmade Hayfield to be 'the' place where people come to buy their baking, special gifts or their own little treats and to make contact and build relationships with local crafters, not only making shopping easier and closer-to-home but also as a means of finding unique, specially-made products which support local traders.
In November, each year we also hold a Christmas fair over two days, where we increase the number of stallholders and hire an additional venue to cope with the added footfall and extra shoppers. The first two Christmas pop-ups used Hayfield Cricket Pavillion in 2013, and in 2014 alongside the The Village Hall we also hired Hayfield Conservative Club. Both the events were well attended by crafters and customers, and also provided a fantastic air of festive cheer across Hayfield. In fact, both events became a great focal point in the area and their success for two years running meant that we outgrew our venue and needed to find somewhere we could continue to grow. The Royal Hotel in Hayfield was the perfect venue given their central location, large function room and potential to use their car park - which is where we construct a huge marquee for our now ever-growing markets.
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