Ripon resident, Councillor and the founder and driving force behind Little Bird Made artisan markets Jackie Crozier is gearing up with her staff and traders for a special market to celebrate Little Bird Made’s 5th Birthday in the town's Market Place this Sunday.
Jackie was born and bred in Ripon, with her parents managing The Fleece Pub for many years, before she went off to explore the world in the events industry. She returned in 2018 with a wealth of knowledge and experience and set up Little Bird Made. The first artisan market took place in the grounds of the Magdalen Pub. From then the businesses has grown its own wings and flown across the Yorkshire area.
They operate markets from Richmond in the North down to Harrogate, with 9 regular monthly markets and a wide variety of pop-up locations. They also work in partnership with Harewood House to deliver a spectacular Winter Artisan Market in the grounds. This year the event will take place over 5 days from 8th – 12th November, with lots of opportunities to purchase unique Christmas gifts and produce.
Little Bird has always stayed true its ethos of supporting the small businesses that trade with them to grow and develop. Hence the name Little Bird, where it is hoped that traders will grow their businesses and one day fly the nest and move onto bigger and better opportunities.
Another ethos is to support the local high street and by hosting the markets in central locations in traditional marketplaces, they encourage all visitors to also visit the local high street facilities and tourist attractions. Little Bird works with a number of partners to provide the best outdoor shopping experiences in the best locations throughout the Yorkshire area.
“I can believe the journey Little Bird has been on over the past 5 years and I am so happy to be celebrating in my hometown this weekend with lots of friends and traders, some of which have been with us since the start. There have been a few restrictions along the way, but we have always managed to continue to grow, and I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years will bring and where all our Little Bird markets and traders will be” Jackie Crozier, Managing Director, Little Bird Made.
If you are a regular visitor to the market or have never attended a Little Bird artisan market before, Sunday will be an amazing opportunity to come along and meet the traders and staff who make it all happen. The market will be packed with lots of happy traders all waiting to meet you and show off their products. The markets are geared up for all ages, tastes, and needs. So, if it’s a last-minute gift, a treat for your pet, something for your home, kids or family we will have it all and lots more. All markets have a variety of food and drink stalls selling bakes, cakes, sweets treats, preserves, cheese, meats and locally produced alcohol. There will also be street food vendors with hot food and drink options to keep you warm and well-fed as you browse the stalls.
So, bring your family and friends, even the dog as all events are pet friendly, and come along for a great day out. You will find Little Bird Markets this weekend in:
Saturday 21st October, 9am – 3pm, Market Place, Leyburn DL8 5EW
Sunday 22nd October, 10am – 3pm, Market Place, Ripon HG4 1BP
All our markets are outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. We also encourage everyone to attend safely, to protect both traders and members of the public. For further information on any of the events or to sign up for the mailing list for updates on 2023 market dates and locations visit www.littlebirdmade.com Alternately follow @LittleBirdMade on Facebook or Instagram