Food & Crafts Markets

A Socially distanced day out in the Countryside

Whether you are after cider, cake, meats, ice cream, homeware or even soap – Turnpike Showground is here to help you.

Join us at Turnpike Showground this Summer at one of our Food & Craft Markets and enjoy fantastic local products in the great outdoors – Food & Drink, Artisan Crafts, local businesses, picnic area & hot foods to consume onsite or take home.

Following the success of our 2020 Food & Crafts Market, the next will be held on:

Saturday 22 May 2021

The only charge is Car Parking which is £3 up until midnight on Wednesday 19th May and £5 until the Market itself. To assist us in the maintenance of the Showground and Covid-19 precautions we have to charge this small amount. Passes must be purchased in advance of the Market with a limited number available. 

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

Meet the 2020 Market Traders below:

Food & Drink

Taste of the Wild – Hot pulled venison haunch also venison bbq packs to take home.
Avalon Distillery Company LTD – Handcrafted viper gin, gin products and gift sets including glasses.
Real Cure, The – Selection of cured meats from Shaftesbury.
Purbeck Ice Cream – Award winning real dairy ice creams(v) and real fruit sorbets (vegan), made on our farm in Dorset with love. Gluten, nut and egg free.
Fruit Bodhi Organics – Oyster Mushrooms – fresh, dried, seasoning and grow kits.
Hazy Herb Co, The – Wide variety of herbs & plants in 1 litre, biodegradable pots.
Gritchie Brewing Co – A selection of our draught & bottled beer.
Glastonbury Cheese – Artisan West Country Cheese.
Dorset Coffee / Festival Coffee Co – Speciality coffees, roasted by ourselves. Expresso, latte’s, tea, cappuccinos, ice coffees, smoothies.
Proper by SCT – Proper pork crackling keto & allergen free.
Bridge Farm Cider– Traditional cider and perry, also single variety apple juice.
Ye Olde Sausage Roll Company – Vegan, Vegetarian, gluten free & meat flavours.
Dark Desire Brownies – The chewiest chocolate fudge brownies.
Flapjackery – Luxury hand made gluten free flapjacks.
Godminster – Award winning vintage organic cheddar including oak smoked and black truffle. 
Ali’s Homemade Produce – Homemade sweet and savoury vegetarian bakes, quiches, scones and cakes. 
Arctic Cow – Fresh hand rolled artisan ice cream rolls.
Blandford & Sturminster Newton Beekeepers Association – Local Honey and other beehive related products.
Chalice Mead LTD – Delicious golden mead. 
Quantock Steamers – Traditional steamed meat suet, puddings & steamed sponge puddings.
Chucklehead Cider – Traditional Devon Farm Cider. 
Shelleys Jams & Pickles – Handmade jams, chutneys & pickles.

Mere Trout Ltd – Fresh trout, cold smoked trout and hot smoke trout.
Fussels Fine Foods LTD – Somerset Award Winning Rapeseed Oil, Dressings, Sauce, Mayonnaises, Flavoured Oils.
Bread Drink Lad, The – Awarded Artisanal Fermented Soft Drink.
Else Event Catering  – Local Free Range Hog Roast with apple sauce & stuffing + vegetarian option.
Garlic Farm, The – All things garlic!
Nick’s Fruit & Veg – From farm gate to dinner plate.
Gluten Free Gourmet – Multi Award Winning 100% Gluten & Wheat Free Pastries.
Princess Paella – Chicken & Chorizo Paella.
Catley Chilled Foods, The – Finest Pies, Cheese, Meats and Treats.
Stourfield Hampshire Down Lamb – Hampshire Down Lamb, Sausages & Burgers.
Hettie Hen Ltd – Award winning handmade Scotch Eggs made on the Stourhead Estate.
Orchard Sweet Treats & Savoury Bakes – Home made sweet treats & savoury bakes.
Mr Roast Potatoes Big Pan Catering – Classic British Foods: Chicken & Beef Burgers /Roast Dinners.
Passionate Pear, The – Graze Boxes
Fudge Cottage Ltd, The – A fine selection of handmade fudge. 
Shaftesbury Country Markets
Milk Cart, The – Dorset made artisan products such as yoghurt, butter.
Christine’s Puddings – Puddings, sweet and savoury tarts plus other gluten free bakery products, including gluten free flours.



Simply Ewe – Handcrafted Ewe’s Milk Artisan Soap, Moisturising Bars & Accessories. 
Tweed Boutique, The – British Handmade tweed clothing and accessories.
Hare & Hunter Co – Farmhouse accessories, fashion items, products using sourced game feathers.
Johnnywood – Handmade bird feeders and nesting teapots, copper pipe shelving, golfing items. 
Artisan Metal Designs – Decorative Metal work for home and garden.
Beewrap UK – Zero waste food wraps & make your own kits.
C. Wigfield Photography – Greetings cards of countryside, fieldsports, gardens & equestrian.
Charlotte England Art – Fun and whimsical work, illustrated greeting cards and new 2020 product range.
Cursus Crafts – Bespoke handmade wooden crafts.
Simkins Deck Chairs
Sharan James Stained Glass – Decorative stained glass made with modern, vintage and antique glass.
Grenville Allen Fine Artist – Paintings and prints: cats, hedgehogs, chickens, floral, landscapes, poppies, cottages.
Designs by Stephanie – Artisan jewellery handmade locally using traditional techniques in precious metals.
Lucy Shapland Art – fine art prints. 
Elly Harvey Silver – Handmade sterling silver jewellery inspired by the Dorset coast & countryside. 
Pamela Shellard Ceramics – Handmade pottery and enamel on copper jewellery. 
Huxley Sticks – Walking sticks and timber products from Dorset Coppice / SW Timber.
Handmade Hares – Handmade whimsical hares and other animals in fabric and wood. 
Bobs Metallic Craft – Metal products from horse shoes.
Garden of Japan – Array of trees, plants.
Amazing Chef’s Sharpener – Amazing chef’s sharpener; a must for amateur & professional chefs.
Forget me not Fairy – Resin art & all things fairy related. 
Woodentops – Items for home and garden.
Oh! Delilah – Wax melts, candles, reed diffusers, room sprays, car air fresheners.
Artie Flora – Beautiful hand made garden parasols, embroidered and hand blocked.
Wooden Toy Lady, The – Restored, refurbished and recycled wooden toys. Buy now for Christmas!
Sally’s Little Beach Hut – Handmade fabric furnishing accessories for the home, including the ergocush. 
Gemini Creations & Tessa’s Patchwork – Handmade crafts including cushions, bunting, aprons, dolls, animals, quilts etc.
Designs by Stephanie – Artisan jewellery handmade locally using traditional techniques in precious metals. 
Barrie Pictures – Victorian & Edwardian prints of Dorset, Wiltshire & Somerset.
Spotted Dog, The – A Tail of Yarn – Crochet, knitwear, craft kits using handspun and sustainably sourced yarn.
Claire Waters – Unique fused glass pieces set into wood & stone.
TE Creation & Restoration – Handmade metalwork.
Carol’s Cards – Flamingo Paperie Greetings Cards, Gift wrap, Stationary & knitted toys.
Year Round Creations – Hand finished gifts, decoupage papercraft inc coasters, cobbles, clocks.
Gerri’s Fabric Gems – Pinless Boards, seat belt protectors, many others items in good quality fabric.
Marnhull Leathercraft – Locally made leather hats, bags & belts, sheep, reindeer & cow skins.
Images by Steve Gunter – Original photographic images and greeting cards taken by myself.
Vintage & Retro Cushions– Fabulous cushions created by original mid century designer fabrics.
Chris Reed Animal Portraits – Original Artwork, prints & gift cards.
Catherine Potter Crafts – Up cycled textiles and buttons into jewellery and household accessories.
Sharna Mae’s Creations – Handmade decoupaged jars.
Terri Harrison Leathercraft – Hand made belts (cut to fit), plus many other leathergoods. 

Local Businesses

Shaftesbury Chiropractic – Free advice from a chiropractor. 
Black Cat Catering – Local Business promoting their canapes for events + children’s party food


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 £20.

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.

Following feedback after the July Market we will be increasing the number of onsite hot food options. 

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. 

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