Creative Berowra Market

11 Nov

It was such a lovely sunny day this morning that we decided to abandon our (boring) plans to catch up on some overdue jobs around the house and go market hunting. So we rounded up the offspring, jumped in the car & headed a short way up the F3 to Berowra. Following the signs peppered along the road like Hansel & Gretal’s breadcrumb trail we found the Creative Berowra Market.

Creative Berowra Market

This is a small community market of approx 30 stallholders mostly local to Berowra. As the name suggests many of the goods for sale are lovingly hand-made – biscuits, skin care, preserves, candles, jewellery, cards, quilling, children’s wear and toys. We ate cute little cupcakes with buttercream icing by Cupcake It, sniffed all the luscious soy candles by Sticky Wick Candles and finally purchased one scented with orange & cinnamon, perfect to burn at christmas. I even picked up some tableware for $2 a piece and a cute circus themed notepad with bookmark and pen attached for Little Miss.

Cupcake It

The market makes use of the school hall providing shelter for several stalls and a stage for entertainment. Today we were lucky enough to watch a very funny magic show by  Bill Bell. The magician captivated all the kids (and many adults) for about an hour and yes he even had a white rabbit.

Bill Bell’s Magic Show

In fact kids are well catered for at this market, ours didn’t want to leave! As well as the magic show, there was a face painting stall, icy snow cones to devour, not one but two jumping castles! A huge playground to climb and live music to boogie the day away. Stalls selling delicious home-made biscuits and cupcakes as well as the obligatory Turkish Gozleme stand. Our kids are addicted to these things, we can’t go to a market without them begging for one and it seems that you can’t run a market these days without a Gozleme stand?

You know that saying, give a kid a fantastical high tech toy and all they really want is the box to play in? Well Creative Berowra have put this concept to good use. One of the big hits for kids at the market consisted of a picnic blanket lain under the shade of a tree and strewn with the contents of a recycle bin – cardboard, yogurt containers, plastic bottles, foil, bottle tops etc. With the aid of glue, sticky tape, scissors and their imagination, kids were asked to create a robot. One of our girls created a pink robot using toilet rolls, whilst the other made a video game console utilising an empty roll on deodorant as the touch pad. Genius!

Recycled craft

What really struck us about this market was it’s village atmosphere. It was the lovely people of Berowra who really made the market a friendly community space. Complete strangers just struck up conversation with us, came to our aid when my daughter fell and scraped her knee, complimented the kids on their recycled robot creations. Even though we are not locals to the area, we felt welcome and heartened to see local people so passionate about their community.

The Creative Berowra Market is held on the second Sunday of the month from 9am-2pm at Berowra Public School on Berowra Waters rd.

Creative Berowra

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7 Responses to “Creative Berowra Market”

  1. empressnasigoreng November 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    I was actually contemplating going to this but didn’t make it! Will have to try for next month.

  2. sarah menary November 16, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I am so thrilled you liked the Creative Berowra market so much. The organisers, of which I am one, all put in our time for free and have sought to create just the experience you described. I was also the one doing the robot workshop, who felt rather nervous about the night before, and was pleased to see the pleasure it gave on the day. Thank you for writing about us on your blog and putting it on our Facebook page – we need word of mouth to keep the market goers coming. Best wishes Sarah

    • The Hunter Gatherers November 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Thanks Sarah, glad you liked the review. Hope you don’t mind the photo, I prefer to capture natural rather than posed shots. my kids enjoyed your Robot Workshop so much that they are busy collecting items to run their own similar stall at our community fete. keep up the great work.

      • sarah menary November 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

        I am so excited your kids are running their own stall along similar lines – my motivation to do the workshop came from wanting to show children there are things lying around their own home which are free, and would be binned, waiting to be transformed by their creativity. The photo was great and I want to use it (and credit it with a link to your blog) for my own post that I will publish this week: can I use that photo? Thanks Sarah

      • The Hunter Gatherers November 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

        It is a great concept Sarah and yes you can you use the image, thanks for asking. Please post a link of your blog post to my Facebook page – The Hunter Gatherers. I’d love to share it.

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    […] My fellow market organisers were thrilled, as were the parents of the children, which included a mum who had a stall at the market and was looking after her kids at the same time, and a family from out of the area who loved the market experience so much they wrote a blog about it when they got home! Here is a quote (you will find their full, glowing, review of the Creative Berowra market at https://thehuntergatherers.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/creative-berowra-market/ : […]

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