Monthly village market launches in Hamble

A new monthly market begins on Friday 20 August in Hamble village as part of the Eastleigh Borough Council’s Borough Markets scheme, an initiative to encourage residents to shop locally.

The Hamble market will host some of the same stalls as the current weekly market that takes place on the former Budgens site in Hedge End on Wednesdays. Among the stalls to attend the first Borough Market in Hamble are: Flamingo Paperie (gift cards, wrapping paper, notelets), The Sweets Ladies (sweets and treats), Peartree Cottage  (preserves and chutneys), Wood Crafted by Derek (handmade wooden utensils and toys), Ethel’s Pies (home-made savoury pies), Monarch Creations ( fine art), Nova’s Nursery (plants), Bare Bones BBQ (burgers and hot dogs) and the Scoop Boutique ice cream van. Many more are hoping to join in the coming months.

The first of the monthly Borough Markets will take place in The Square, Hamble from 10am to 4pm on 20 August and will continue on the third Friday of each month until Christmas. There will be an alternative Borough Market taking place in Netley on the first Friday of the month, the details for these are still being confirmed.

The Borough Markets venture is part of a raft of COVID-19 recovery plans to help local businesses to promote their products and services at high profile locations in the centre of the Borough’s villages. The outdoor market in Hamble will provide the opportunity for local residents to safely shop in the village centre and allow businesses to have an outdoor space to sell and promote their products or services. In particular, it will be helpful for those smaller businesses that may have to limit the number of customers on their premises, or that need help to raise their profile after lockdown earlier in the year.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Policy, Councillor Tonia Craig, said:

‘We’re really pleased to be able to extend our markets across the Borough to continue to encourage residents to shop locally. The market is a great way for people to return to shopping in a safe environment whilst supporting local businesses.’

The car park where the market is due to take place will be partially closed during the event with alternative parking available for both residents with parking permits for The Square and for visitors to the market.

Any stallholders interested in having a space at any of Eastleigh’s Borough Markets should email Market@eastleigh.gov.uk