We’ve mentioned the MAD HATTERS a few times previously, but with a pandemic interrupting proceedings, their markets haven’t been as regular as they’d hoped. The goods news however, is they they are back, and the first chance to see them in action is this Saturday.
I think we are all enjoying finding things to do in this new world of ours. Maybe visiting places locally that we’ve not done for a while, or discovering some of our brilliant shops and markets which really need our support right now. If that’s the case, we can highly recommend a visit to Hay-on-Wye this weekend. Not only is it a lovely place, but on selected Saturdays you can drop in to the MAD HATTERS CRAFT MARKET.
It’s a lovely collection of fabulous craft all under one roof, in the most perfect of settings. We always think what is so nice with events like this, is that you get to see, and treat yourself to something very special. You also chat and meet the person who has made and brought it to you.
The ‘Hatters’ are a group of crafty folk who gather from time to time in Hay on Wye, to peddle our wares and share their artistry. Their group includes arts and crafts of all types, ranging from jewellery to children’s clothes, furniture, glass, cards and all kinds of gorgeous gifts.
You’ll find people like – Rustic Reclaimed who are based in Rural West Wales, with their work inspired by the countryside. They use reclaimed timber and architectural ironwork.
Karen is the owner, head chef and product developer at My Pet Treats. They are a family run small business who do exactly what they say on the tin (or packet in this case). They make and bring locally sourced, preservative-free, and environmentally friendly Pet Treats to market.
Hay itself is well worth a visit anytime, so why not spend time there after visiting the market. It is a Welsh town but right on the border with England, with the Brecon Beacons National Park on the doorstep. It is twinned with Timbuktu and is world famous for its second hand bookstores and its annual literary festival.
The spectacular countryside which surrounds Hay is just a few steps away from wherever you are in town. You can wander along the banks of the River Wye or in the foothills of the Black Mountains and unwind in this tranquil setting.
Hay Butter Market has been around for a long time now. It was erected by a local entrepreneur William Enoch in 1830. It replaced a very old open market in order to provide a covered market area for the use of local traders and farmers on market days which have always been a Thursday. It’s perfectly placed, right in the centre of town by Hay Castle Square.
It’ll be a great day out on those Saturdays, with something for everyone at the market. It’s open between 10am and 4pm and if you’d like more details, take a look at their Facebook page here. HATTERS. If you can’t get there one Saturday, they have plenty more opportunities throughout the year.