Food & Crafts Markets

A Socially distanced day out in the Countryside

Over 80 local producers for you to browse through! After some meat and veggies for the Sunday Roast? Maybe cider? Or even cake? You will even find homeware and soap – all on Turnpike Showground. Join us on the 26th June for our Food & Craft Markets and enjoy fantastic local producers in the great outdoors – Food & Drink, Artisan Crafts & local businesses. Whether you join us for a pint in the Picnic Tipi or to do your weekly shop, you are supporting local traders. 

The Food & Crafts Market will be held on:

Saturday 26 June 2021

The only charge is Car Parking which is £5.  Passes must be purchased in advance of the Market with a limited number available.  

The Market is open from 10:00 until 16:00 on Turnpike Showground, SP7 9PL

Are you a local Food, Drink or Craft Producer? Maybe just a local business seeking the opportunity to meet customers? You could join us at the Food & Crafts Market, simply complete a form and return to the Event Office. Please note, the Markets are an entirely separate event to the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show. 

*NEW* To the June Food & Crafts Market is GAS100 (Gillingham And Shaftesbury 100) Classic Car Gathering. Market Visitors are not only able to browse the over 70 Traders but also view the magnificent Classic Cars. Wish to Exhibit your Classic Car? It costs just £2.50 until 23rd June then £4.50 with full access to the Market, you must be onsite by 10am. Booking must be done in advance via


Turnpike Showground & Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show want to give back to the community and those businesses that have lost out due to COVID-19, for that reason we welcome local stands for as little as £15.

We are now accepting enquiries for the August Market. To apply please e-mail:

There will be hot foods to take home or alternatively enjoy on the Showground. Turnpike Showground is large enough to find a nice spot away from the Market to sit and relax.

You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat after browsing the stands. Turnpike Showground is large enough to find a spot away from the Market. Please do take all rubbish home with you or use the onsite bins provided.

We ask if you bring a dog that they are kept on a short lead, and kept under control and away from all Food stands.

The Showground will take all precautions advised at the time of the Market. This includes providing Hand Sanitiser stations in numerous areas of the Market along with spraying markings on the grass to advise on social distancing. Trade Stands will also take the required precautions to keep Market visitor’s safe, the Showground will provide Traders with hand washing stations along with routinely cleaned toilets. The Showground is of significant size to allow viable space between stands and visitors making social distancing easier compared to inside venues.

While the Showground cannot be held responsible we will do our very best to keep visitors safe. You attend the Market at your own risk.

Yes, you can ride your bike to the Showground and lock it to fencing onsite. There is no charge for bikes. 

The majority of Traders will accept card. However, we advise you bring some cash just encase.

Due to being on the Showground we cannot always guarantee perfect mobile signals for the card machines to work. 

If very bad weather is forecasted it maybe that the organisers decide to cancel, if that is the case we will inform car parking pass holders via e-mail by 8am on the morning of the Market.

If the Market is cancelled all passes will be refunded. 

We are delighted to have Southern Tipi Company joining us and providing a picnic Tipi – to enjoy some hot foods or a pint of Cider under. 

(And of course to shelter under encase of a shower)

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