South Shields crafts market offers bargains galore

Harton Quays Park craft market.
Harton Quays Park craft market.

The last Harton Quays Park craft market for the summer will be held on Sunday.

Hundreds of visitors have already enjoyed browsing and buying from the stalls set up by local artists and craftspeople at the four events held from May to August on the promenade along South Shields riverside.

Sunday’s event takes place between 10.30am and 3pm at Harton Quays Park, featuring stalls selling everything from American sweets, paintings and hand-made jewellery to accessories, cupcakes and bespoke homeware.

Councillor Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The craft markets have been a great success this summer with hundreds of visitors taking the opportunity to browse through the wide range of stalls run by local artists and craftspeople.

“This weekend local residents and visitors to Harton Quays Park, will be able to enjoy a lovely afternoon browsing unique gifts that are not always available in the shops, and make the most of this final craft market for the summer.”

The park is located along the riverside between South Shields Ferry Landing and The Customs House.

The craft markets have been delivered in partnership between South Tyneside Council and communities’ charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.

Andrew Watts, executive director of Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, said: “The summer markets are a great way for local crafts people to showcase their products. Groundwork is committed to supporting the community and the talented people of the region so we are delighted to be helping to organise and run these events.

“Not only is it a great chance for visitors to see and buy locally crafted items, but the markets are held in a beautiful, open space with stunning riverside views, which is also a real draw.”