Support Brixton to become the best local market in the UK

your local market logoThe competition to become the best loved market in the UK starts on 26 May and Brixton wants to win it.

The BID, organisers of this year’s event, want to entice people to Brixton to see for themselves what a great place it is to shop, eat and drink. And to encourage the local community to join in the festivities.

Michael Smith, Bid director says: “Our markets are still among the most vibrant in London and we anticipate many visitors from across London and beyond to join in our celebrations.

“Brixton BID will, for the first time, lead key partners in putting on this 2017 festival. We know that revitalising our markets will lead to revitalised high street trading which will, in turn, stimulate grown in our local economy.

Market pirates sit down during last year's Love Your Local Market week.“But our local markets are not just in May but all year round. The challenge from this event is to make our markets relevant to the next generation of traders and customers while still meeting the needs of existing shoppers and traders.”

Brixton came third in the national Love Your Local Market competition last year. The BID and their partners want to make it to first place this year.

During the six-day celebration there will be plenty of action for everyone, with stalls, celebrity breakfast, give-aways, face painting, clowns, stilt walkers, world music and walking tours.

NatWest bank will host an advice session on the Tuesday where traders and small businesses can get advice on their internet presence.

The Market Traders Federation supported by Tree Shepherd are offering stalls on Brixton Station Road to community based artists, craft folk, makers and designers at bargain taster rates. Young people particularly welcome. Friday – Wednesday £15 for 1 – 4 days. £10 Tuesday and Wednesday. Book all 6 days for £10 off.

To book a stall  email Lydia at Tree Shepherd.

Visit the Brixton Historical Society stall on Saturday to find out more about the history of the market and sign up for a market walk. Walking tours will take place each day from 2.30 to 3.30pm. If you can’t make it during the day, sign up for the night walk on Tuesday at 7pm. Find out more here

If salsa and samba don’t do it for you, then there’s always the DJ or bagpipe sessions.

T-shirts, love pins and goodie bags will be distributed throughout the week.


Love Your Local Market banner in the Village

Dates for your diary

(Timings subject to confirmation)

Friday 26 May

8.30 am – Breakfast media launch

12pm – Samba performance

1pm – Tango dancers

2.30pm –  Walking tour

3pm –  Samba performance

4pm – Tango dancers

5pm –  Brazilian festival performance

7 – 11pm DJ Session

Saturday 27 May

11am – Shutter painting with young people

11 – 3.30 Face painting and magician

12.30pm – Bagpipes

2pm – Salsa dancing

2.30pm – Walking tour

3 pm bagpipes

4 pm Salsa dancing

7 – 11pm DJ Session

Sunday 28 May

8.30am – 6pm Farmers market

11.30am – Bagpipes

7 – 10.30pm DJ Session

Monday 29 May

Book signing at BCA (Tbc)

Book signing (Tbc)

2.30pm Walking tour


Tuesday 20 May

Natwest workshop

2.30pm Walking tour

7pm Night walking tour

Wednesday 31 May

2.30pm Walking tour

7 – 10pm Wrap party with live band