We at Mama loves to share absolutely LOVE wandering carefree and aimlessly around a good craft or produce market (obviously the “carefree and aimlessly” part doesn’t really apply though when you have multiple children nipping at your heels!).
But when we are child free or when the kids are behaving and there’s children’s entertainment available too, we love pottering, discovering the gorgeous handmade and homegrown goodies our beloved Mornington Peninsula has to offer and when it comes to markets on our doorstep, we really are spoilt for choice.
Every weekend there is a market to stroll through in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula and this weekend is no exception. Here are just a few popping up this weekend, starting this afternoon!
Friday, November 18
This little market is being run by the Red Hill Cricket Club to raise money for their club and it sounds like they’ve put in the hard yards to make it a fantastic community event. Head down to the Red Hill Recreation Reserve, grab a bite to eat at one of the seven food trucks, do a spot of shopping at the 70 stalls they have organised and entertain the kids on the jumping castle, face painting or visit the farmyard animals. A perfect way to spend Friday night! Begins 5pm.
Saturday, November 19
This is a gorgeous craft and produce market home to some of the most amazing Mornington Peninsula and curated by some very passionate locals. It’s all about the community and families so they can explore, taste, rummage and be inspired by this beautiful market set under the branches of a unique stringybark forest. This is definitely one of our fave’s filled with many gorgeous stalls and some amazing food trucks and live music. Emu Plains Reserve, Coolart Rd, Balnarring (Balnarring Racecourse).
Karingal PLACE Neighbourhood Centre is a multi-service children’s and family services hub located in the heart of Karingal. The centre offers many programs and activities including Maternal Child Health, occasional child care, kindergarten, educational courses, support groups, playgroups, arts and crafts, music and other fee-for-service courses. Karingal Place Neighbourhood Centre are holding an Open Day this Saturday to help fundraise for the centre’s courtyard. The Open Day will have live music, sausage sizzle, activities for children as well as showcasing activities/classes held at the centre. The Kinder there will also be hosting an indoor market in the centre’s hall with food vendors in the carpark.
The Pearcedale Farmers’ Market is third Saturday of the month at Pearcedale Community Centre, Baxter Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale, all year from 8am to 1pm. The Pearcedale Market started as a farmers market but now it’s a community market with talks, workshops, hands on activities, as well as local ‘experts’ for you to ask questions. The Market has a variety of stalls including local produce and local artisans, bric-a-brac, as well as products to help sustainable living. Most stallholders are local residents/businesses, and/or make/sell/produce/offer homemade and sustainable-themed items. Next to the Pearcedale Recreation Reserve at the Pearcedale Community Centre.
VERY SPECIAL KIDS
Celebrating over 35 years, Boneo Community Market is the Mornington Peninsula’s longest running volunteer operated market. They are run on the third Saturday of the month from 8am to midday, by the community for the community and all proceeds from the market are donated to local schools and sporting clubs. They have plenty of crafts and gifts, devonshire teas, fresh produce, plants and a mobile animal farm. A great one for the kids too. (Pic @thecoastwriter)
Sunday, November 20
This is a cute little market run by the Rotary Club of Frankston. It has some lovely stalls, namely fresh produce, cakes, jams, soaps and preserves. It’s right near the Seaford Station and the beach too so you could really make a day of it with the kids. It’s held on the third Sunday of the month from 8am to 1pm and is located in the Broughton Street Reserve (off Station Street), Seaford.
This little market has grown in popularity recently and is now hosting many of our favourite handmade stalls seen around the Mornington Peninsula. Located at the Seaford Scout Hall right outside the Seaford Station it runs every third Sunday of the month from 9am until 1pm. They have just added new stalls and have a great range of flowers and succulents plus Aloe Vera products. Bring the kids too as “Reptiles on the Move” will be there. (Pic: Tenae Lily)
Open every Sunday from 8am to 1pm in the big car park opposite Frankston Library (79-83 Young Street, Frankston) Frankston Sunday Market is great for bric-a-brac, new and pre-loved goods, collectables, fresh produce, flowers, plants and fantastic food (including their famous hot jam donuts). It’s not a huge market so you can expect to get through it in an hour or so. It is mainly second hand items, such as car-boot sale stuff, which we love, because we all know one person’s trash can often be someone else’s treasure!
Every Sunday rain hail or shine the Bittern Country Market opens with more than 80 stalls selling new and used goods, craft, plants and flowers, fruit and vegetables, food, coffee and much more. The market, which as been running for 30 years, offers a bustling country feel close to town and is operated by a voluntary committee of stallholders and has raised in excess of $500,000 for community organisations. Open from 8am to 1pm at Bittern Railway Station, Frankston – Flinders Road, Bittern.
Have a great weekend! Happy exploring!
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