Our campaign began in January 2018 and it was our plan to bring a monthly street market festival to the streets of Dumfries on the 2nd Saturday of the month with the support of our community. We hoped our vision would play a part in the regeneration of Dumfries town centre. Our vision for Dumfries Market Festival was a monthly community event and curated makers market that includes creatives, artists, designers, craftsmen, independent businesses plus artisan food and beverage producers, with an emphasis on quality, regional and seasonal produce. We wanted it to be much more than a market though. We'd transform the town centre into a desination event for all the community. It would have the feel of a festival in a day and include music, performances, dance, street theatre, street art, hands on workshops and experiences.
Dumfries Market Festival will be a destination event, a unique and interesting experience to promote a sense of community pride and social interaction. We planned to create an attractive bustling town centre, brimming with character, vitality and creativity. A place that provides both the stall holders and visitors a truly unique experience and engage the public beyond simply just passively buying something at the market.
From the beginning we've always said we want to work together with existing retailers, hospitality businesses, accommodation providers and traders to the mutual benefit of all. We'd love to support and help coordinate fringe events on our market days to promote other local businesses within the town. A market of this type brings locals back to the town centre, many visitors to the area and in turn, much needed revenue to the local economy. We hope you agree that it's a welcome addition to the regeneration plans for Dumfries Town Centre and its a massive contribution to the community of Dumfries.
Would you love to get involved, interested in leading a workshop, volunteering, sponsoring, or have another wonderful idea, we'd love to hear about it. Great collaboration starts with a conversation, get in touch today!
After almost 2 years of campaigning and lots of community engagement, The Guild (Dumfries) CIC were finally given the go-ahead for our longed for monthly street market festival on a trial basis. Our perseverance and determination paid off, we are absolutely overjoyed that we could finally start making plans and make it happen! We launched Dumfries Market Festival on Saturday 14th March 2020, and this now continues on the second Saturday of each month through to November. It promises to not only be a curated market selling beautifully crafted products from local artists, makers and producers, but there will be whole host of activities, experiences and entertainment to bring a festival atmosphere to the town centre each month.
We will create a micro festival in one day, making Dumfries a destination for the community and visitors to enjoy. Entertainment, music, street theatre, hands on workshops and demonstrations will add to the festival atmosphere and bring a real sense of pride back to our town centre. This is just the beginning! We are absolutely elated with the council’s decision to grant us the go-ahead and would like to thank the public for their support and encouragement. We continue to be on trial this year due to Covid last year and lockdowns and restrictions in place.
On Saturday 14th March 2020 The Guild Dumfries launched Dumfries Market Festival, a micro festival in the historic market town of Dumfries. Despite the damp and dreary weather and a global pandemic, The Guild Dumfries hailed their inaugural Dumfries Market Festival as a great success. Larger than expected crowds turned up to show their support for the new monthly town centre community event.
Curtailed after only our launch in 2020 and our first monthly event due to Covid-19 lockdown in March, The Guild Dumfries were over the moon to announce their return later that year in September. We were delighted that the long-awaited monthly street market community event was able to safely restart once again in 2021 allow cancelled again that year so we could ensure the safety of our community.
We've had an amazing line up of local makers, creatives, artists and food and drink producers taking part at each event, from right here in Dumfries & Galloway and beyond. It's the perfect opportunity to help support businesses hit by lockdown, by shopping small and local. We also ensure we have lots of safety measures in place to help protect our community. We hope that we can return safely this year, continuing to follow current government guidelines carefully so we can ensure the safety of our community.
We are working hard behind the scenes to bring you our next event on Saturday 9th April when we look forward to welcoming you back in Dumfries town centre.
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We are keen to collaborate with makers, designers, artists, food producers and creative indie business owners from across the region, other parts of Scotland & beyond.
So if you’re a maker, creative, designer, artist, food producer, street food vendor or indie business and keen to find new ways to get your products in front of new customers and gain exposure for your brand, be part of a community of makers and be involved in a social enterprise project, then why not get involved! Applications are OPEN for May & April 2022!
We would love to collaborate with local musicians, bands, performers and community groups who would like to perform on the Plainstanes and add to the micro festival atmosphere at our events each month.
Would you love to get involved?