Are you a modern maker, creative, indie biz owner, food & drinks producer or street food vendor?

We would love you to get involved. Applications for Dumfries Makers Market at this years Christmas Festival and Light Switch On are now open

We really are looking forward to organising our next Makers Market in the heart of Dumfries town centre on Sunday 1st December. If you'd love to be involved, you'll need to fill out our online application form. You'll find the link by scrolling to the bottom of the page. Before you do, don't forget to read all the information and make sure you've read HOW TO APPLY which includes our application process and criteria. You can also find all the finer details including our terms and conditions, how much it costs etc below.


We were over the moon to be given the news from Dumfries & Galloway Council that The Guild have been chosen to become the lead partner to deliver the Christmas Lights Switch On in Dumfries this year, so we'll be responsible for organising the whole shebang! We want this event to be a true community affair. We want to collaborate and work in partnership with other organisations, to play a lead role in delivering a memorable festive experience in Dumfries town centre which will be enjoyed by all the community. 


In 2018 we worked in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council along with other partners to deliver a Makers Market that was part of the Christmas Lights Switch On. The Guild organised an extremely successful market that attracted thousands of visitors to the town centre and despite the awful weather, spirits were certainly not dampened. Dumfries town centre became a bustling market town, filled with a whole host of local stallholders. Our traders had a great day of sales with at least two selling out of their stock completely! There was a huge amount of feedback from visitors about the quality of our traders from across the region & beyond.


At last year makers market we collaborated with over 20 local makers, food & drinks producers, charities, community organisations and street food vendors and programmed creative workshops and children’s activities as part of our market experience. We created a welcoming and inviting destination for the community, even in the pouring rain! We set up a notice board in our gazebo, encouraging visitors to pin a comment card with feedback. Many of the messages brought tears of joy, all extremely positive, with hopes that the market will become a regular occurence, with more stalls, growing bigger and better with each event. 

The response from the community after the event suggested a strong desire for a Christmas Makers Market to continue.  The Guild are keen to build on this previous experience so we can create a festive celebration and an even bigger Makers Market this year. Our Christmas Festival will take place on Sunday 1st December 2019 from 12 noon until 6pm.


Andy Ferguson, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee welcomed the decision.  He said;

“Our Council is delighted that The Guild has agreed to organise the Christmas Lights Switch On in Dumfries this year as part of their Christmas Festival.  It is a wonderful family-friendly day and is very much the wake up call that many of us need to start the Christmas planning, when the lights go on in our wee toon.  I look forward to working with The Guild on this project, and hopefully others in the future too.”


Previously footfall to the Christmas Light Switch on has been around 5000 people but with partnerships, collaboration, and hopefully kinder weather this year we can work together to play a part in delivering a  memorable community event in Dumfries town centre which can be be enjoyed by all. We hope that this years footfall will attract even more to the town on the day.


The Guild want to create a Christmas Festival around the whole of the town centre, with events and entertainment happening not just along the High Street, but in other premises and side streets too. We hope that both retailers and businesses throughout the town get behind this community festive extravaganza and stay open late on the day and invite them to get in touch if they wish to discuss ideas.  We feel it is extremely important they also take advantage of the increased footfall expected in the town on the day to encourage the message of Shop Local. We have many superb businesses located in our town centre and we wish them to benefit from this festival experience and share in the overall sense of community. We would actively encourage and support any other activities and fringe events that the town centre businesses wish to host by signposting these to visitors on market day. 

Would you love to get involved, collaborate, interested in leading a workshop, giving a talk, demo, tasting, or have another wonderful idea, we'd love to hear about it! 

As part of the organisation of this event, The Guild will undertake publicity and media coverage that targets Dumfries and the surrounding region effectively. Media exposure will create interest and boost foot fall to the Makers Market. We will promote the event on our social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On the run up to the event and on market day, we will be showcasing the work and the stories of our traders on our website, social media, on our blog and will also send out information to our mailing list.


We want to nurture and support our maker community. If applicants are selected to take part at any of our events, they are then given access to an online trader area where we can deliver free training and advice. This space also becomes a place where traders can network, and it also becomes a skill-sharing hub and somewhere where each of the makers can build relationships with other businesses and share experiences. It’s a central place to communicate with our makers and traders and help answer any questions they may have.


We also encourage and assist our makers to get the most out of taking part in our event and promoting their involvement, so that as a community we can work together and help attract as many customers to come along and visit us on Market day. We send successful applicants a series of emails in the run up to the event. We provide makers with a media kit with logos and graphics that can be used in the promotion of the event. We wish to encourage shared partnerships to deliver a cohesive and consistent approach to marketing our event.


As part of being a maker at our events we also have a dedicated maker area on our website to boost their profile. Every maker listing has an image and links to their websites or social media to increase their exposure. They will remain on our website throughout the year ensuring maximum promotion outside event dates.


During the run up and during the event we aim to create a visual presence around the location to attract passing trade, we will also be filming and posting both videos and images on social media throughout the set up and on the day to give followers a behind the scenes experience of our project.

Got a question about the Christmas Makers Market before you apply?

Please get in touch and we will try our best to answer your query.

Please read the information below before applying for the Christmas Makers Market.



We will send you all the details you need to make payment if your application is successful, please do NOT send payment with your application form. The Guild can receive payment in advance by bank transfer, details of which will be included within your acceptance email. Payment will be required by a date specified in the acceptance email. Your booking is not secure until full payment has been made and copies of all required documents have been received by the deadline. If payment has not been received before the payment deadline stated in your acceptance mail, your selling space at the market will be allocated to another business on our waiting list. Bookings are non transferable.


There are a variety of different types of trading spaces available at this years Makers Market at the Christmas Festival and Lights Switch On in Dumfries on the 1st December.

PLEASE NOTE | Stallholders are responsible for providing their own electrics.

A Standard Market Space is a traditional covered market stall measuring 10ft by 4ft.

Standard Market Space | £50

We will also offer the opprortunity of sharing market stalls to business, but both applicants must be successful.

Shared Standard Market Space | £30

A Gazebo Space with room for a 6ft by 2ft Table.

GAZEBO SPACE Table Provided | £45

GAZEBO SPACE NO Table Provided | £40

Charity stalls are PITCH ONLY  and required to provide their own weighted gazebo and chairs etc. These MUST allocate the same area as a standard selling space.

Charity Space | £25

Street Food Vendors are PITCH ONLY | £75

As a social enterprise any additional profits made will be re-invested into developing the types of facilities, projects, events, activities and opportunities our community and town needs.



You will be sent more specific details of set up and breakdown information if your application is successful, and when payment and documentation have been received by us.

The positioning of stalls is the decision of the organiser. Stalls cannot be moved on the day. Stallholders MUST NOT pack away before the event has ended. We ask all stallholders to keep all bags, suitcases, boxes etc under their stall and hidden by your table covering. All walkways should be kept clear at all times throughout the event.


We will be marketing the Pop Up Shop on all our social media accounts, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We will also promote the event on our website, blog, to our mailing list and within our network of organisations, partners and supporters. Each maker will receive a media kit that we encourage you to use on your social media and website. We will release announcements and information to press and media, publish the event on online calendars, do extensive marketing on social media as well as place posters and flyers around the region leading up to the event.


The Guild (Dumfries) C.I.C take no responsibility for loss or damage to you, your products or belongings during the event. The Guild will not be held liable for any thefts or accidents that may arise during set up, trading hours and breakdown of the market. It is your responsibility as a business to have suitable Product & Public Liability Insurance.

If more than one employee willbe working at your stall during the trading hours of the event you will also be expected to have Employee Liability Insurance.  The team at The Guild will make every effort to prevent any incidents. However, we cannot be held responsible if theft or damage does occur. You will need to provide us with a copy of all insurances if your application is successful and when payment is required.



At any of our events, food safety is important. All food handles will need to provide us with copies of the following documents if their application is successful.

• Food Hygiene Certificate/s.

• Food Hygiene Rating.

• Details of the local authority you are registered with.

• Gas safety check documents ( if operating with gas).

• Electrical Safety Documents (we require all electrical equipment to be PAT tested).



A full refund of the stall fee will be given if cancellation is made within 14 days of your payment and booking. No refund will be given if you fail to notify us of a cancellation or do not show up at the event. If a cancellation is made after 14 days, we will of course try our best to fill your space if you cannot take part in the event. You will be charged in full if a replacement cannot be found. Please be aware of the time and administration required to re advertise your space at the market.

The Guild shall be under no liability for delay or failure to provide any services as a result of any act or circumstances beyond reasonable contry included and not limited to, act of God, bad weather conditions, failure to power supply, injury, terrorism, fire, war, lock out or strike.


We ask that all successful traders become FRIENDS OF THE GUILD so that you are showing your support for The Guild (Dumfries) C.I.C. It also allows us to show potential funders, stakeholders and others that the community supports the work that we are doing.



The Makers Market at this years Christmas Festival is an exciting community event, designed specifically to promote our aims and vision but also to promote your work and business. We want customers who come to our the Makers Market to know the makers and people behind the marvellous products they purchase. We want them to get to know you a little better and create profiles for our community of makers taking part. To do this and to help us sell your products effectively we will need a few things from you. More details will be sent to you if your application is successful.

If you are successful, we would also like businesses and organisations to promote their attendance at the Christmas Makers Market, let your mailing list know, post details or share e-flyers on social media, your blog and website. We would also want you to distribute printed posters and flyers. We happily invite you to send us content, social media posts and images that can be used in the run up to the event and to share your story.





Our Makers Markets we organise are curated, The Guild will review each

and every application thoughtfully.

By renting a space at the Makers Market, you are agreeing to these terms & conditions above. Space is limited at this event so if your application is unsuccessful this time, please don't be disheartened or take it personally.  We want to provide visitors and customers to the Christmas Makers Market with a mix of sellers and disciplines and an alternative shopping experience.