Local shop owners bring the Market back to Hemel Hempstead Old Town.

Set in St Marys' square, through the Old Town Hall arches, and in the grounds of St Marys church itself.

We're delighted to announce the market will be running each first Sunday of the month throughout 2021, our first market of the year being 6th June.

Parking is available in St Marys car park, turn left at the end of the High Street. Otherwise there is FREE parking in Gadebridge Park. Look out for further information over on our Facebook page.


Interested stallholders - all of the information and online booking form - click here


PRESS RELEASE  - Hemel Hempstead Old Town Market set to re-open after Covid-19 forced closure

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire,  21 August 2020

The Old Town Market is scheduled to reopen in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 6 September after the Covid-19 pandemic forced closure earlier this year.

The market, which runs on the first Sunday of every month and is situated in the grounds of St Mary’s Church in Hemel Hempstead Old Town, is run as a not-for-profit enterprise by a group of local shop owners who are keen to bring community spirit back to historic Hemel Hempstead Old Town.

After a very successful few months which saw the varied list of stall holders grow from 25 to 55 stalls in attendance, the market closed in line with Government guidelines. However, the Committee remained active and used the time of the closure to look carefully at the ways in which they could reopen the market safely once they were allowed to do so.

When the market reopens on Sunday 6 September, visitors will notice a few changes. Face coverings must be worn by all attendees and hand sanitiser will be available on every stall to keep customers as safe as possible. 

There will be no stalls inside the Church or Church Hall for the time being. Gazebos and stalls will be located on the grassy area surrounding St Mary’s Church and under the arches at The Old Town Hall. The Street Food Heroes will be offering a wonderful selection of food in St Mary’s Square.

Stalls will be positioned so that the 2metre social distancing rules can be observed and a one way system put in place for the stalls under the arches.

Lisa Thomas, Chair of HOTTA - Hemel Old Town Traders Association, said; 

‘Hemel Hempstead Old Town is such a beautiful place with lots of history and wonderful architecture. We are thrilled to be re-opening the market, as safely as possible and  encourage people to visit and experience this gorgeous area for themselves. 

The market serves as a fantastic showcase opportunity for small local businesses. We have been impressed by the diversity of craft and artisan items on offer from our lovely stall holders. Many of the products on sale are completely unique, very reasonably priced and difficult to find anywhere else.’

The Association is a non-profit making organization, set up with the intention to showcase the Old Town and the many diverse, independent shops who have their home in the High Street. In addition, the market will give local craft and food producers the opportunity to showcase their products to the public. The Association members take no payment for the organisation of the market and any surplus made after the costs are covered will be spent on helping reinvigorate the Old Town.

HOTTA – Hemel Old Town Market Association – was formed by a group of local shop owners, including Lisa Thomas – The Copperleaf Clinic, Michele Elliot – House of Elliott, Ben Satchfield – Olde Kings Arms and Kelly Pedlar – Hive Coffee Shop. They are supported in this venture by their Borough Councillor, Rob Beauchamp and many others including Alison Tate - Love Lily, Joe McAlinden who is a resident in the Old Town and Ebrahim Hassanali of EBS Physiotherapy who have been helping to promote the markets on social media and offering help on market day.

The market runs on the first Sunday of every month (excluding January and  February) from 12:00 to 16:00 and is located in and around the grounds of St Mary’s Church.

If you would like more information about this topic, if you’d like a stall or wish to lend a hand on market days, please email: hemeloldtownmarket@gmail.com - #hemeloldtown 


PRESS RELEASE

12th February 2020

Local shop owners bring the Market back to Hemel Hempstead Old Town

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, 12 February 2020

A group of local shop owners who are keen to bring community spirit back to historic Hemel Hempstead Old Town, have formed an Association to bring the popular Sunday market back.

The market, which disappeared from the High Street early in 2019 served as a great way for the independent businesses located in the High Street to gain a new customer base and a place for local residents to meet up and experience the many unusual and locally produced items on offer at the market.

The market has grown from strength to strength since the first event in September last year. After a short break over the winter months, the market is back again on Sunday 1 March.

Lisa Thomas, Chair of HOTTA - Hemel Old Town Traders Association, said;

‘Hemel Hempstead Old Town is such a beautiful place with lots of history and wonderful architecture. We felt that by bringing the market back, we could encourage people to visit and experience this gorgeous area for themselves.

The market serves as a fantastic showcase opportunity for small local businesses. We have been impressed by the diversity of craft and artisan items on offer from our lovely stall holders. Many of the products on sale are completely unique and difficult to find anywhere else.’

The Association is a non-profit making organization, set up with the intention to showcase the Old Town and the many diverse, independent shops who have their home in the High Street. In addition, the market will give local craft and food producers the opportunity to showcase their products to the public. The Association members take no payment for the organisation of the market and any surplus made after the costs are covered will be spent on helping reinvigorate the Old Town.

HOTTA – Hemel Old Town Market Association – was formed by a group of local shop owners, including Lisa Thomas – The Copperleaf Clinic, Michele Elliot – House of Elliott, Ben Satchfield – Olde Kings Arms and Kelly Pedlar – Hive Coffee Shop. They are supported in this venture by their Borough Councillor, Rob Beauchamp and many others including Joe McAlinden who is a resident in the Old Town, Lucy Toleman at Indee Yoga Studio and Ebrahim Hassanali of EBS Physiotherapy who have been helping to promote the markets on social media and offering help on market day.

The market runs on the first Sunday of every month (excluding January and February) from 12:00 to 16:00 and is located in and around the grounds of St Mary’s Church including stalls inside the Church in March, April, November and December.

If you would like more information about this topic, if you’d like a stall or wish to lend a hand on market days email: hemeloldtownmarket@gmail.com - #hemeloldtown

 

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