The Guild Dumfries are excited to be returning to the high street and hosting Dumfries Market Festival on the 9th April from 10am until 4pm. We've had a wonderful response to previous events, visitors telling us how much they enjoyed the array of interesting and desirable items for sale, the fabulous entertainment by talented local performers and the laid back, relaxed vibe around the whole town centre. It was wonderful to invite our community to come along and join us to shop small, shop local and support our town centre in Dumfries.
If you'd still love to discover our marvellous line up of traders for market day in April, scroll down the page to find details and links.
The Guild (Dumfries) C.I.C transforms the town centre into a community festival for the day! Our launch event in March 2022 was a resounding success but further dates were curtailed due to Covid-19. We're over the moon to be back again this year hopefully through to November. Keep a note of the 2nd Saturday of the month and find details on the website for our next event.
At each event you can visit our Makers Market at Queensberry Square, opposite the Midsteeple and in Fountain Square to meet makers and producers. Peruse the many stalls to find covetable products that you might not find elsewhere. Enjoy buying directly from the makers and supporting independent businesses, many who live and work right here in the region. Feast on delicious food and take delight in a marvellous selection of beautifully crafted & unusual designs. It's the perfect opportunity to head into the town centre and shop local.
There really is something for everyone including homewares, craft kits, cake, jewellery, artisan beers, original art, illustrations, candles, cards, prints, soaps, flowers and so much more! We hope you'll support all the businesses taking part, your sure to find something you'll love.
So why not shop small, head to our town centre & make a big difference! Meet them all on market day and place your advance orders where you can. Lets us know you're coming by visiting our official events over on facebook, follow along by exploring the hashtag #DumfriesFest and find out news, updates and behind the scenes on social media and by signing up to our mailing list.
Are you a maker, designer. artist, producer or indie business owner and keen to find new ways to get your products in front of new customers in a prime location. Why not get in involved at our Collective at Flourish in the heart of Dumfries.
Register your Interest to have your designs and products stocked in our shop. We are keen to collaborate and hope that we can work together to offer support and opportunities to grow and nuture your business.
To explore our directory, scroll down the page and discover over 20 different small businesses taking part on the 9th April. Just click on the images for direct links to where you can find out more.
Copeland Walker Art
Cakes by Harry *NEW*
The Kitchen Witch
Annettes Baking in a Box
Ruin & Redemption
Natalie Farrell Handmade
Volunteers are needed on Market Festival days as well as in the weeks in between, so whether you can only spare a few hours once a month or a few hours once a week, we’d love to hear from you!
Being a volunteer is a great way to meet new people who live in your area, put names to faces you see in the street and generally have a lot of fun. Everyone has a skill to share so we’d love to hear from you no matter what you do.
The Wee Shade Shop
Dark Sky Spirits Ltd
Galloway Fudge Company
Wild Outdoor Photography
The Little Bakery
Ross of Moffat
Besties Doggie Treats *NEW*
Wagtails Wood Art
Brigston & Co
Meadow Made Ltd *NEW*
Girl of the Sixties
House of Rothach
Damn Fine Cheese Company
We are working hard behind the scenes to produce and organise Dumfries Market Festival.
We are really excited about making plans for each month. We'll be announcing lots more details and information in the coming weeks with news and updates about what's on, our makers market line up, activities and performers. We will transform the town into a community market festival on the second Saturday of each month through to November .
Be sure to sign up to our mailing list to be first to hear the news!