100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 31 – South Coast Makers Market

The South Coast Makers Market is a quarterly pop-up market in Bournemouth. July’s market is at the Loading Dock in the town centre from 10.30 am to 3 pm. Entry is free.

Makers Market Entrance

The market is laid on by ‘The South Coast Makers Market’; an organisation set up to support handmade makers and high street independents. It began in 2018 as a one-off Christmas market, but has grown into a regular event. In addition to the quarterly market, they hold other pop up events throughout the year, plus a ‘Keep it Local’ Loyalty Card and a directory of local independent businesses.

Makers Market Entrance

It’s my first visit to the market, but the flyer tells me to expect an eclectic mix of 30 makers, street food, coffee, DJs, a bike stunt show and crate digging. I have no idea what crate digging is. I guess there’s only one way to find out…

DJ in action

It’s not the easiest place the find, primarily because it’s in a place called The Loading Bay, which I thought was a somewhat pretentious name for a shop. It turns out it’s an actual loading bay for a row of shops. Once I’ve realised my mistake, I locate the loading bay in an alleyway behind the shopping centre.

Records (someone explain that one to my children)

It’s definitely an event best reached on foot as there’s nowhere to park a car (or a bike). Once I’ve found somewhere to put the bike (I don’t want to be confused for part of the stunt show!) I take a wander round the market stalls.

Hand crafted glass, honey and fire pits

It’s smaller than I’d expected. But there’s an interesting mix of goods on sale; cookies, honey, jewellery, vinyl records…. I make a bee line for Lucanart and buy a selection of postcards.


I decide not to stay long as there’s a stall selling freshly ground coffee and the all pervasive smell of coffee makes me queasy. Just time to watch some bike stunts, which is fun, if a little stressful as it looks pretty dangerous. Then I depart on my own bike, without any stunts, and without ever finding out what crate digging is.

Bike Stunt Display

3 responses to “100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 31 – South Coast Makers Market”

  1. […] The complex’s former loading dock has been repurposed as a multi function event space with plans for a rooftop bar overlooking the Gardens. The Loading Dock hosts events like the South Coast Makers Market […]


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