Inaugural Folk and Farmers Market is huge success

Attracting approximately 4,500 visitors, our inaugural Folk and Farmers Market in partnership with The Northern Dales Farmers Market, was mix of live music and foodie delights.

The Victorian Street and Spence Courtyard (the museum’s newly developed event space) was transformed with 25 market stalls, a stage, hay bails and even a classic tractor.


Six folk acts played throughout the day, including Andy Broderick, Northumbrian Pipers, Steve Dagleish, Marie Marx, Peg Powler and Loose Like Goose Bob & Bruce.

Food stalls included Pie Jackers, The Gingerbread Mam, Urban Food and the museum’s very own ParkMade stall selling homemade chutneys and garlic soup.

There were also stalls selling plants, cider and ales, cheese, meat, preserves and cakes. Plus, pictures by artist Helen Hardy from A Sisterly Stitch.

Family activities included a drum workshop, crafts, Punch and Judy show, leather working demonstrations and face painting.

Look out for more exciting events taking place over the summer including Theatre in the Park, Teddy Bear Picnic and Tees Made.