The Country Craft Market is the longest-running craft market in the Western Cape. Established in 1983 to enable local crafters, artists and artisans to promote their talents, this soon became a regular market, held twice a month, renowned for the place to buy handcrafts of an exceptional quality. This quality has been maintained to this day, and no mass-produced items are to be found.
Southey’s Vines, in the heart of Somerset West, has been the home of the Country Craft Market for very many years. Strolling along the paths under the trees makes shopping at the market a very tranquil experience.
Each stall is manned by the person responsible for crafting each item. Most of these crafters are very experienced at what they do, and are happy to share their vast knowledge with anyone interested in stopping for a chat.
The market is pet-friendly, and visitors are encouraged to bring well-behaved pooches on leashes to the market. A Doggy Watering-Hole is provided at the Information stall.
The food area provides a place to sit and relax, while enjoying craft beer, or delicious coffee and a variety of tasty eats. The local Scout troop have been part of the market for very many years, serving delicious burgers and boerewors rolls, among other things. Live music goes a long way to soothe the soul while relaxing in the food area.
There is plenty of safe, free off-street parking behind Southey’s Vines, as well as limited parking on Main Road itself.
DATES & TIMES:
Open on selected Saturdays (9am-2pm).
CLOSED in winter.
DATES FOR 2023 + 2024
October 14 & 28
November 11 & 25
December 4, 9, 16, 23
January 13 & 27
February 10 & 24
March 9 & 30
April 13 & 27
Southey’s Vines. 186 Main Road, Somerset West.
INFO FOR TRADERS:
Organisers are looking for new crafters on a regular basis. Their criteria are ‘hand-made products of the highest quality, with the crafter attending each market in person’. They are able to see up to 10 new crafters at each market, which makes a visit to the market a very interesting experience as there is always something new to be seen. All crafters who would like to join as requested to send an email with details of what they make as well as a couple of photos and a contact number.
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