Muckle Market returns to Peterhead this weekend

Fun from the Festive Festival in Broad Street last year
Fun from the Festive Festival in Broad Street last year

From 10am to 3pm this Saturday (May 31), Peterhead’s traditional Muckle Market returns to its home on Broad Street.

There will be 28 stalls, selling everything from art materials, handcrafts, jewellery, ice cream, cup cakes and confectionary, to garden furniture, canvases and fresh fish.

Marketgoers can also enjoy live music and the chance to meet and stroke some owls from the Owl and Pussycat Centre. For the children there will be activities including face painting and a free bouncy castle.

Local shops are also taking part, and many town centre businesses have special offers or promotions for market day. Local charities are involved too. Glendaveny Bears are running a competition with one of their own fabulous bears as a prize, and the Deep Sea Mission will be open, selling tea, coffee and home bakes, as well as a lunchtime soup and sweet.

In the 1800s, Broad Street was the home of a bustling weekly market, with gala “Muckle Markets” held twice a year. The markets were hugely popular, but died out by 1890. However after a pilot projects last year which saw two successful street markets run in Broad Street, it was decided to make this a regular event. The Muckle Market is hosted by Peterhead Projects and delivered by the Here for You Partnership, with support from Aberdeenshire Council as part of Peterhead’s Regeneration Action Plan. Four markets are planned for 2014.

Alex Geddes, Social Regeneration Officer for the Here for You Partnership, said: “We hope everyone who comes to the market will enjoy a great day out browsing the stalls and taking part in the activities, before going on into the town centre to explore the shops and take advantage of some great special offers.

“There’s lots more information on the Muckle Market Facebook page, and we look forward to welcoming everyone on Saturday.”