New street market in Hailsham on Saturday

Hailsham high street
Hailsham high street

A new regular street market selling locally produced items and unique gifts will launch in Vicarage Field in Hailsham on Saturday (August 24).

The introduction of the new market is just one of a number of projects being carried out by Hailsham Forward (Town Team) in partnership with Hailsham Town Council and the Chamber of Commerce to help revitalise the town centre.

The new street market will be open between 9.30am and 3pm on the third Saturday and every second and fourth Thursday of each month, until Saturday December 21.

After this, the market set-up will be reviewed before opening again in March 2014.

These days have been chosen to avoid other local markets and help complement what is already available in Hailsham.

There will be around 20 market stalls at Saturday’s market including confirmed traders selling: Fruit and vegetables, Pet food and pet supplies, Homemade cakes, Pies and pasties, Handbags and accessories, Liqueurs, Homemade chocolates, Cheeses, Flowers and plants, Locally made jams and preserves, Dog accessories, Handmade jewellery and Gift items.

There will be traditional ice creams and sweets on sale throughout the day, as well as face painting and children’s entertainment.

Hailsham Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Bentley, will officiate over the launch of the market next Saturday and cut a special cake at 10am to declare it open to the public.

She said: “We really hope people will be able to attend and support the market.

“There are many examples of town centres across the country being revitalised by the presence of more street markets. As well as local people, we hope that visitors from out of town will come along to the market which we hope will add an element of diversity to our town centre.”

Hailsham Town Council’s Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira said: “It’s a real traditional street market kind of mix we’re trying to achieve here, to supplement the built retail environment in the town centre.”

Hailsham Forward chairman Paul Soane added that although there would be some food sellers present, the Vicarage Field market offering was not designed to be an additional farmer’s market, but somewhere with lots of variety.

He said: “What may be on-site at one market event may not necessarily be what you see in the following market.

“What it does offer is much more in the way of variety to the town centre retail environment – we want to create a buzz and give people the chance to pick up some one-off finds whilst enjoying a distinctive and vibrant atmosphere.”