Whalley enjoys a wicked weekend

Local businesses and the community came together over the Halloween Weekend in Whalley at the hugely popular Artisan Market organised by Crafty Vintage.

Hundreds of families from across the North West braved the weather and descended on the Swan Courtyard to visit the crafters and creators as well as participate in the trick or treat trail around the village shops. The interactive map made sure many of Whalley’s retailers, eateries and bars were kept extra busy throughout the weekend.

Several new businesses were launched at the event including the 112 Pizza Truck, which uses an Eastern European Fire Engine to serve up delicious street-food. Andrew Baxter, the man behind the new venture said “It’s amazing to finally launch our new concept and see people enjoying our delicious menu, which is made from only the finest ingredients’’  

Crafty Vintage pop-up Markets provide a fantastic platform for new businesses and budding entrepreneurs to begin their journeys, test new concepts and products. Goosnargh Gin is one such exhibitor that has seen rapid growth since starting out and recently featured on the hit BBC show ‘The Hairy Bikers’.

Entertainment was provided by several emerging artists and DJ’s with the Monster Mash-Up dance-off seeing eventual winner Paul Hollinrake and his daughter Emila picking up this amazing hamper overflowing with donated prizes;

Laura Johnson, director of Crafty Vintage added “It’s delightful to see the local community and independent business coming together to produce a popular event that everyone can enjoy. Events such as Crafty Vintage are a lifeline to many makers and creators who have had to really dig deep over the past year." 

The Whalley Artisan Market, which was organized by Crafty Vintage received sponsorship from the Whalley Chamber of Trade is back on the 27th-28th Nov and 18-19th Dec for their Christmas Markets and will then take place at the end of every month from next year.