New Forest Makers Markets have been set up for local artists and crafters to showcase their talent and sell their handmade products, as well as for the public to buy these locally produced handmade creations.
We love to support creativity everywhere!
Our markets in Lymington run monthly on a Saturday from 10am till 4pm in the stunning town of Lymington, a port town on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent. The market is held in the Masonic Hall just off of the bustling high street.
Our Lyndhurst markets are held in another beautiful town within the stunning tourist destination of the New Forest. The markets take place in the Lyndhurst Community Centre and are also held monthly on a Saturday between May and December.
We at New Forest Makers Markets, thrive on knowing that we make a continuous positive impact in supporting small independent businesses and help our local economy by encouraging people to 'shop local'.
I hope you enjoy visiting the markets
Meet the Founder
I am a mum of four boys, so like many other mothers I am a taxi driver, chef, cleaner, problem solver, driving instructor, bank teller and cheerleader to all of my boys. I also have two fur children (sprockerpoos) who love nothing more than wallowing in muddy puddles and stealing biscuits.
Prior to setting up New Forest Makers Markets I was a founder of another Makers Market company, alongside my ex business partner. Unfortunately after 3 years the decision was made to separate. Since having to start again on my own Ive been working very hard, having to start from scratch proudly building New Forest Makers Markets to what you see today, a thriving business full of successful makers with happy makers, buskers and customers.
I had previously run a children’s entertainment business with my husband and spent many years working as a teaching assistant to students aged 4 to 16 years, specialising in Asd support. I am a patient, positive and energetic person who loves nothing more than using my creativity and having a go at literally anything crafty in my ‘Hobby craft’ replica office. It’s not a surprise to anyone close to me that I am creative and entrepreneurial, I get it from all four of my grandparents and am always inspired by my aunt who completed a fine art degree aged 65 and is, like me, a dab hand at anything creative, she is my inspiration and role model.
Sarah Topp the new owner of New Forest Makers market as of the 20th June 2022
Exciting news for the New Forest Makers Markets
I have found someone that I believe will continue this business in the same vane and spirit that I would have if I could have!
I want to let you guys know about some fantastic news!! The New Forest Makers Markets will continue after June when I finish ( I can hear the big cheers from here) So.......... under the confident direction of the lovely Sarah, as of the 20th of June Sarah Topp from Timeless timed gifts will be continuing the business.
Sarah has been selling her products full time since last September and for her, this is just a natural progression/addition to her entrepreneurial spirit. Sarah understands the needs of our artisans and has a passion like I do for creating a platform for local artisans to sell their products. She has the enthusiasm and joy that I know will keep this wonderful business flourishing and evolving in a way I would have done if I was able to continue.
let me introduce you to Sarah Topp
All bookings for markets in July onwards will resume from the 20th June. and all bookings already made are secure.
Help and support behind the scenes
Without the love and support of my wonderful family New forest Makers Markets would not exist. I am fortunate to have a constant encouragement to keep going:
Alice (my sons girlfriend), who created my logo and set up my website for me.
My Husband Dale and son Dalton who keep me grounded and level headed and assist often with gazebos, loading and unloading the van.
Bryony for pretty much the same thing alongside helping me on market days when i need her, bringing me coffee, cleaning up my kitchen and cooking tea when I'm on a 12 hour stint at the computer because I have a deadline.
My friends Hannah and Claire who attend most of my markets either in person ( with sons in tow) or via video call to check in that I'm okay. The rest of my family and friends cheering on from the sides with words of wisdom and encouragement and visiting when they can.
And of course all of the wonderful makers who regularly attend my markets, it is the makers that maker the market what it is, a bubbly fun shopping experience for all:
Melanie who has given up lots of time to help other makers to join our social media groups and get logged on to our app.
Kelly who has created my logo on badges for my uniform.
Chris ( Kelly's other half)who at every market they attend tells hilarious dad jokes that always has us in stitches.
All the wonderful staff that we hire the halls from, all so kind and helpful.