Bournemouth is what you make it.

Are you a maker or creator? Then you’re in the right place – the town has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and is brimming with inspiration. We caught up with Jo, the founder of South Coast Makers Market, who tells us all about the creative community here:

How was South Coast Makers Market created?

It came about because I’m a Maker and I couldn’t find the type of markets in Bournemouth that I was used to trading out of in London and Bristol and Frome. I was keen to set something up in my hometown and so hired my old school hall in Boscombe to run the first market. I thought it was just going to be a Christmas Market but the support was so big at that first event that it soon rolled into monthly markets, pop-up shops, a local loyalty card, an online curated directory and courses and membership starting soon.

The Makers Market
The Makers Market

What’s the purpose and core ambition of the market?

The purpose is to provide Makers with a platform to showcase and sell their work at a fun, social, family friendly local market. It’s also there to highlight the work of local good causes, to promote shopping locally and to have a social too. We try our hardest to be plastic free at every market too.

What can visitors expect?

The market is a mixture of food and drink such as locally roasted coffee, local breweries, honey and food producers alongside a wide selection of craft including Makers of ceramics, jewellery, prints, interior design, woodwork, and clothing. It’s an indoor and outdoor market. We have street food vans and a wide range of food available too.

The Makers Market
The Makers Market

What is the local business community like, is Bournemouth a haven for creative and start-buisnesses?

Yes! Head over to our website and Instagram page just to get a vibe of how creative the local area is with small businesses. Since starting our market we have seen it soar! We have an online curated directory and we also run a local business loyalty card called Keep it LOCAL.

What does community mean to you?

To feel like you belong, to make connections with a like-minded group of people and to feel valued for what you do.

What would you say to new residents moving to Bournemouth?

It’s a beautiful place with a friendly bunch of locals and it has a great entrepreneurial spirit! It’s great to see so many independent businesses thrive in this area. Locals and visitors are all keen to support independent business.

All photography is of South Coast Makers Market and by Leslie Budzynski, except the lead image, which is by Sarah Wasey.