Oakwood Craft Market, held the last Saturday of every month at Oakwood Clock, is celebrating a great first year with special events on 29th July, 12-7pm.
Following the hugely successful Farmers Market run by REAP, Oakwood Traders & Residents Association wanted to offer the community a craft market to support up-and-coming artists and crafters. The market has gone from strength to strength over this past year, from hosting last year’s Summer Garden Party and the first ever Christmas Winterwonderland Market, to being part of the hugely popular Oakwood light switch-on and Oakwood Day.
There have been a range of wonderful, unique stalls throughout the year with more and more people selling handmade wares from organic skincare products and hand designed tea cups to children’s clothing, hand carved bowls and original art, alongside local groups showcasing what’s on offer in the area.
Celebrations include gin tasting, BBQ and free children’s activities. Oakwood Parochial Hall will be holding a Sports Fair and rounding off the day with a Barn dance.
In addition to the usual array of interesting independent local crafts people and traders there will be a similarly diverse array of entertainment on offer. Local bands and singers will be live on stage including the Roundhay Ukulele Group, The Casinos and Rafiki. Cosmo the Magician will be wowing the kids, and no doubt plenty of adults as well, with his sleight of hand. One Day Creative will be running a free samba drumming workshop and the Sara Horner School of Dance will be showcasing local tap dancing group.
You won’t go hungry with a range of local street food vendors offering a variety of cuisines including West Indian, BBQ, Greek mezze and woodfired pizza and there’s plenty of vegetarian and other options to cater for all diets. If you need to quench your thirst, there will be a scrummy cider bar and local bars Preston and Stew & Oyster will have summer inspired drinks on offer.
There are also lots of activities at Sylva Café and Oakwood Library throughout the day and there’s the opportunity to find out about local sports and hobby groups with a large number gathering in the Roundhay Parochial Hall on Fitzroy Drive, a mere stone’s throw away. There are so many local groups to get involved with, why not come and find out what’s on offer?
…and, finally, if you’ve still got some energy to burn off there’s the Oakwood Summer Ceilidh in the Parochial Hall with Otley based English country dance band, Northern Comfort. Tickets are available from the PHG Snooker Club (upstairs in the Parochial Hall), Tasty Café, Preston Bar and Jackrabbits Pottery. They are expected to sell out quickly, so get one while you can.
The day, which is entirely free, runs from noon to 7pm, at the foot of Oakwood Clock. The ceilidh kicks off the dancing at 7:30 and will finish around 11pm.