Road works, orange cones and detours provided lots of amusement last Sunday morning. The Google maps lady sent us in circles after we got lost; she couldn’t cope with the diversions. Eventually, we reached Coatesville Market where more orange cones signalled where not to park. We dutifully joined a queue of cars that wove along the main drag and up a side road.
The local Coatesville Scouts (and parents) made awesome carpark marshals directing us to spaces in a huge field (the local pony club) all for a gold coin donation.
We meandered down a path to the Coatesville Hall. Stalls were set up amongst the trees on the Village Green. Despite it being a wintry Sunday morning, there was wall to wall people. Stalls crammed with: arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing; bric a brac, garden sculptures and plants; fresh bread, pretzels and artisan produce and so much more.
After a longer than anticipated trip we were ready for a coffee. Food trucks and street food vendors lined a side street with everything from mussel fritters to Thai street food, pizzas, empanadas and some amazing looking home baked scones. Eventually we found the coffee van in the playcentre carpark.
Coatesville Market has a very relaxed community atmosphere so if you fancy getting some Christmas shopping done, then mark Sunday 1 November or Sunday 6 December in your calendar now. The market is held year round, on the first Sunday of the month (except January) 10am – 2pm.
But be patient when it comes to parking; it is one lane in and the same way out. We laughed when the young kid directing us to the exit, said to drive fast so we didn’t hold up the traffic – not an easy feat in a hatchback on a rutted country lane!
Have a great week.