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Changes Now in Place for Hailsham Street Market

Shopping & Retail

A view of stalls at the Hailsham Street Market 

Hailsham Street Market now operates on a twice-monthly basis as opposed to weekly, and will do so for the remainder of the year (on a trial basis) following a decision made by the Town Council at a recent meeting.

The decision to reduce the frequency of street markets was initially proposed as a means of revitalising the market and placing more focus on providing entertainment throughout the year to encourage more footfall in the town centre. Also, by reducing the street market operating times, it is anticipated that more emphasis will be placed on building up the markets and organising more speciality/themed events to generate more interest in the market.

Hailsham Street Market takes place in Vicarage Field on the first and third Saturday of the month, from 8.30am to 1.30pm. The new market operating times have been put into place on a 6-month trial basis, to be reviewed throughout the period by a newly appointed Street Market Working Group.

The cost of a market pitch is currently £20 if traders require a gazebo, supplied by the Town Council – and £10 if traders supply their own gazebo.

“I’m delighted that Hailsham Street Market continues to operate,” said Communities Committee Chair Cllr Alexa Clarke. “It goes without saying that we have seen some growth here and there in terms of the number of new traders recently, but there’s always room for more. To increase footfall at all of the markets, we thought it would be beneficial all round to reduce the frequency of markets and combine them with street entertainment to attract visitors to the town.”

“The acquisition of new stallholders will continue to our main aim and part of our work in terms of helping to boost the local economy. We’re keen to support local businesses and give new traders the chance to sell their goods in the town centre at our street market.”

Cllr Clarke added: “By supporting local producers, growers, suppliers and offering them the opportunity to sell locally – markets are an ideal way of showcasing the diverse range of products available in Hailsham and, as well as calling out for new traders to benefit from selling at the market, I’d encourage shoppers to come down to Vicarage Field every first and third Saturday of the month and support independent trade.”

Some positive feedback has been received from regular traders at the market over the past year:

“The Lions Club for some while now have been renting a stall at the Saturday Market and this has proved to be very good for the club as an add-on to our bookshop in the town.” (Hailsham Lions)

“I’m very happy with my trading at the market, my sales do vary from one week to another purely because people’s knitting takes time to complete but I have a very loyal customer following,
this is helped by having a wide choice of wool and haberdashery.” (Ace Knits & Bits)

“I first started making jam as a hobby shortly after I retired as a teacher. I began selling at fetes and then joined Hailsham Street Market when it first began. I have now built up a regular clientele of customers who advertise me to their friends, for which I am very pleased.” (The Jam Lady)

To book a stall or to discuss trader eligibility criteria, call 01323 841702 or email kaylee.butcher@hailsham-tc.gov.uk. For access to market trader application forms, visit www.hailshamstreetmarket.org.


Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: terry.hall@hailsham-tc.gov.uk