My second to last Festive Market this year. Bude Farmers’ Christmas market is one of my regular markets that I stall at during the summer, April to September, every Friday. It has a great atmosphere and for us stallholders it is a bit of a social event as we catch up with our other stallholder friends. The Christmas one only differs from the normal Friday summer ones in that it is held in the winter (!), and runs from 3pm to 9pm. Trust me, the Wharf where we hold the market next to the canal in Bude and right by the sea can be blowy in the summer, but in the winter although sometimes it can be lovely, last night it blew and blew from the North East, a nice cold wind! But we are a brave bunch and 15 stalls set up their pitches; heavy weights and lots of pegs later most of us were secure. Three of us tied our gazebos together (plus our weights and pegs) and kept our sides down. This meant that we were a big stronger together and also creates a bit of a ‘Street’. I love it like this, even if a market is quiet, you can have a chance for a good gossip and a bit of a giggle. Bude did turn out to come and see us and we witnessed a Lantern Parade of a wondeful paper and willow ‘Angel’ plus other lanterns made by children (and adults) at a recent lantern making workshop in the Castle run by Bude Arts and Music (BAAM). I was amazed that they managed to hang onto the Angel but they did and they paraded past the market and up into town. I have posted some pictures below of the evening. #BIGUPBUDE

Bude Farmers’ Christmas market