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Anno Distillers

Posted: 13 July 2017

The Interview     Hi there Anno thanks for taking the time to talk to us! So for those who don’t know can you tell us a little about Anno Distillers do?   Here at Anno Distillers, we blend science and nature to create wonderful craft spirits. We were the first micro dis... Read Story


Residents enjoy the Stamford Food and Drink Festival

Posted: 13 June 2017

Families and residents took advantage of the summery weather and sampled the delights of the Stamford Food and Drink Festival. This was the second Stamford Food and Drink Festival hosted by Market Square Group on the Meadows. It involved a number of traders selling everything from jerk chicken to ... Read Story


Soak up the summer fun in Henley-on-Thames

Posted: 07 June 2017

Celebrate the summer with a variety of sumptuous food, drink and entertainment at the town’s June festival. There will be fun for all the family, including live music and childrens activities, so make sure you visit Henley-on-Thames Market Place to soak up the summer atmosphere from Friday to... Read Story


Market Square Group in June 2017

Posted: 05 June 2017

Our 2017 event season is in full swing and we are in the middle of a busy fortnight. Both our visits to Mote Park, Maidstone and Ferry Meadows, Peterborough, were our first ventures to these areas and we would like to thank attendees for their warm welcome. For Ferry Meadows we put on a Class... Read Story


St Ives Craft Beer Festival in July

Posted: 01 June 2017

A number of breweries have already signed up to be part of the St Ives Craft Beer Festival. Visitors will be able to sample the latest drops from Nene Valley Brewery, Kings Cliffe Brewery, Lord Conrad’s Brewery, Digfield Ales and Musket Brewery. There will also be ciders from Kent’s Wis... Read Story


Market Square Group in Kent summer 2017

Posted: 22 May 2017

Food lovers across Kent are invited to satisfy their appetite at one of Market Square Group’s festivals in the county this summer. Market Square Group events have become a popular fixture in the county’s what’s on calendar and 2017 is no exception. Already this year there have be... Read Story


More acts announced for Stamford Music Festival

Posted: 11 May 2017

The next wave of acts for the three-day Stamford Music Festival have been announced. Joining the main stage bill will be Satya Dub Orchestra, Harripaul, and Hannah Johnson and the Broken Hearts. On the acoustic stage, additions include Tommy Loose, Chris Fox, Wild Heart, Lynn McFarland, Resonate, ... Read Story


Tenterden Food and Drink Festival debuts this May

Posted: 09 May 2017

The Tenterden Food and Drink Festival will be debuting in the Kentish town of Tenterden this month (May 19 to May 21 2017). It will feature stalls offering tasty local, regional food and drink, alongside traders with clothing and crafts for you to browse and buy from. ... Read Story


Traders can sign up for the St Neots Beer and Food Weekend

Posted: 05 May 2017

Producers of breads, wines, cheese, hot food and other goods can join the St Neots Beer and Food Weekend. The event is being held in St Neots town centre from Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28 and is organised by the Market Square Group. It will coincide with the St Neots Food and Drink Week fro... Read Story


A classic weekend at Ferry Meadows Country Park this June

Posted: 05 May 2017

Peterborough’s Ferry Meadows Country Park will have a vintage feel to it when a Classic Weekend takes place in June. The event will include a display of classic cars alongside live music, food, drink and family entertainment. It is being held on the Meadows from Friday June 2 to Sunday&n... Read Story


Market Square Group in May 2017

Posted: 02 May 2017

We really kick off our 2017 event schedule this month, with return visits to some of our favourite places as well as one new event. April flew by with two stops down on the south coast in Eastbourne - a town we will next visit on the Whitsun Bank Holiday - and a new event in the Oxfordshire to... Read Story


Craft Beer and Cider Festival set to return to Cambridge in June

Posted: 28 March 2017

Producers of craft beers, ales and cider, emerging and established, can join the Cambridge Craft Beer and Cider Festival. Back for a second year, the festival will take place at Cambridge Leisure Park in Clifton Road in five sessions from 5pm on Thursday 8 June through until 10pm on Saturday 10 Jun... Read Story


First acts announced for Stamford Music Festival

Posted: 27 March 2017

The first acts have been announced for the three-day Stamford Music Festival which returns to the Town Meadows this summer. Bands and musicians playing the festival include local favourites Groove Cartell (Sunday), The Gangsters (Saturday), Bianca and the Top Cats (Friday), Top Banana Band (Friday)... Read Story


Market Square Group in March 2017

Posted: 01 March 2017

Well February flew by; quite literally, in some cases, with Storm Doris causing upheaval across the country – not a good day to be out and about as a stallholder! We are two days away from our first event of the season. This will be our ninth year in a row that we bring the Henley-on-Tha... Read Story


World Village Market returns to Henley on Thames in March

Posted: 22 February 2017

A burst of international flavour will arrive in Henley-on-Thames as a world village market comes to town. Around 25 different traders will bring an array of tasty sweet and savoury foods and unique handmade crafts for the Henley-on-Thames World Village Market. There will be a range of cheeses, Ita... Read Story


Market Square Group in February 2017

Posted: 01 February 2017

We have been busy preparing for our 2017 calendar following the Christmas break, and now, in February, we can officially say that this year’s season begins next month! In 2016 we held more than 50 themed and seasonal markets, fayres and festivals in towns and cities across the UK. Footfall th... Read Story


2017 sponsorship opportunities

Posted: 26 January 2017

In 2016 we held more than 50 themed and seasonal markets, fayres and festivals in towns and cities across the UK. Footfall at our events is strong and we regularly attract audiences of between 5,000 and 15,000 depending on the size and scale of the project. Online, our social media presence is pro... Read Story


New events for 2017 launched

Posted: 18 January 2017

We can officially announce our next events for 2017. Both events will build on the success of 2016 in towns and cities where we received a warm welcome. Cambridge Craft Beer and Cider Festival - Thursday June 8 to Saturday 10 June 2017 Sevenoaks Food and Drink Festival - Friday May 5&n... Read Story


Festivals return to Stamford Town Meadows in summer 2017

Posted: 11 January 2017

Both the Stamford Food and Drink Festival and Stamford Music Festival will return to the Town Meadows for a second year, following their successful debuts in 2016. Paul Kennedy, Director of Market Square Group who organise the events, is delighted to be back in Stamford for 2017. Applications are ... Read Story


Colchester Christmas Market adds festive feel to Colchester Castle

Posted: 05 December 2016

Colchester Castle will capture the festive spirit when a Christmas Market takes place outside the castle walls. The market will be open on the grounds immediately surrounding the historic castle from Friday 9th December to Sunday 11th December 2016. The Christmas Market will see independent trader... Read Story


Market Square Group in December 2016

Posted: 05 December 2016

How are you getting on with your Christmas preparations? Presents already bought? Turkey ordered? Decorations up? With three weeks to go until Christmas Day we have certainly seen the seasonal spirit at our Christmas fayres and markets over the last few weeks. A big thank you to our traders for the... Read Story


Colchester Christmas Market taking shape for December

Posted: 15 November 2016

Colchester Castle will capture the festive spirit when a Christmas Market takes place outside the castle walls this December. The Market will be open on the grounds immediately surrounding the historic castle from Friday 9th December to Sunday 11th December 2016. The Christmas Market will see inde... Read Story


Food and festive fare at the Henley on Thames Christmas Market

Posted: 10 November 2016

The winter coat is well and truly out of the wardrobe and it is time to start thinking about getting ready for Christmas. One place to head when you are wrapped up warm is the Henley on Thames Christmas Market which runs from Friday 18th November to Sunday 20th November. The event will offer mince... Read Story


Market Square Group in November 2016

Posted: 07 November 2016

November is here, and that means a certain special holiday is just around the corner! We’ve had a quiet couple of months following a busy summer, but that all changes this month. This week we kicked off our last World Village Market of the year, with a return to Nottingham – a great cit... Read Story


Market Square Group in October 2016

Posted: 03 October 2016

The mornings are turning chillier and leaves on the trees will soon start to change from green to vibrant shades of red, yellow, orange and purple. Thats right, autumn is here, and we have been celebrating this most colourful of seasons with our harvest and October festivals. Next up is this weeke... Read Story


The Market Harborough October Festival arrives next week

Posted: 26 September 2016

Double delight comes to Market Harborough next week with a World Village Market and a Craft Beer Festival. This Market Harborough October Festival takes place on The Square, by Tesco Metro, and the adjacent Commons Car Park from Friday October 7 to Sunday October 9. As well as a wide array of... Read Story


We are coming to Keighley next month

Posted: 13 September 2016

This October we will be taking over Keighley’s Church Road with three days of fantastic food, drink and live music. The Keighley October Festival from Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October 2016 will feature a bar packed with 20 different varieties of beers, craft lagers and ciders – as... Read Story


Market Square Group in September 2016

Posted: 05 September 2016

We took a little downtime event wise during August to take stock of what has been a really great 2016 so far and to plan the months ahead. It has been a pleasure to visit so many new places and receive such a warm welcome while we were there – not least when we visited the beautiful town of H... Read Story


Date revealed for the Hythe Food and Drink Festival 2017

Posted: 23 August 2016

Save the date! Friday to Sunday July 21 to 23 2017. This will be the weekend for the second Hythe Food and Drink Festival 2017. The inaugural event was a great success with thousands of visitors making their way to the Hythe canal by Holmans Field last month to sample the culinary treats and ... Read Story


Inaugural Cambridge Craft Beer and Cider Festival takes place in September

Posted: 23 August 2016

Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Cambridge Craft Beer and Cider Festival. The event is being held at Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Road, Cambridge, from Friday 23 September to Friday 25 September 2016. There will be five sessions taking place over three days with the best of British lo... Read Story


Cambridge Craft Beer and Cider Festival - update

Posted: 10 August 2016

In six weeks time the first ever Cambridge Craft Beer and Cider Festival comes to Cambridge. The inaugural event is at Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Rd, Cambridge, CB1 7DY, from Friday to Sunday 23 to 25 September 2016. There will be five sessions over three days with the bes... Read Story


Sevenoaks Harvest Moon Food Festival

Posted: 28 July 2016

We are back in Sevenoaks in September with the Harvest Moon Food Festival from Friday September 9 to Sunday September 11 2016. Paul Kennedy, events co-ordinator for the Market Square Group said: "We are delighted to be returning to Sevenoaks for a second food and drink themed event on The Vine ... Read Story


Hythe Food and Drink Festival - thank you!

Posted: 25 July 2016

What a fantastic weekend in Hythe. Heres a message from Paul Kennedy, who grew up in this wonderful town on the Kentish coast.   "We are so happy that Hythe’s first Food and Drink festival was such a success – visitor numbers were among the highest we have had at any event this ye... Read Story


Stamford Music Festival 2016 set times

Posted: 11 July 2016

Stamford Town Meadows will host the genre-spanning Stamford Music Festival from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17 2016. www.stamfordmusicfestival.co.uk Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1588257764826359/ Advance tickets page - http://www.clickit-tickets... Read Story


Inaugural Hythe Food and Drink Festival takes place this month

Posted: 11 July 2016

A mouth-watering selection of local, national and international food will be on offer at the first ever Hythe Food and Drink Festival this month. This brand new event promises fun for foodies and those who just like food with a range of foods and drinks on offer. The festival is designed to c... Read Story


Hythe Food and Drink Festival - July

Posted: 07 July 2016

The list of traders at this years first ever Hythe Food and Drink Festival is taking shape. The Royal Military canal is one of Kent’s most famous landmark’s and runs through the heart of Hythe providing an idyllic waterside destination. This provides the venue for Hythe’s first fo... Read Story


Stamford Music Festival starts next week

Posted: 05 July 2016

The countdown has begun for the Stamford Music Festival on the Town Meadows. The three-day event, which runs from July 15 to 17, has a main stage of live music with performers include headliners Howard Rose Band, Little Mammoths and Tin Pigeons, as well as local favourites The Gangsters and One Eye... Read Story


Market Square Group in July 2016

Posted: 04 July 2016

We received some kind feedback from our inaugural Stamford Food and Drink Festival. Surrounded by the lush greenery of Stamford’s Meadows, we managed to avoid the worst of the June rain and were appreciative of steady footfall creating a lively atmosphere throughout the weekend. One of the t... Read Story


Hythe Food and Drink Festival - June update

Posted: 14 June 2016

For many years Hythe has been Kent’s best kept secret while other seaside towns such as Whitstable and Deal take the limelight through the resurgence in the fortunes of the county’s seaside towns both as destinations for visitors and home owners seeking improved quality of life. Hythe i... Read Story


Ealing Midsummer Fayre returns next week

Posted: 14 June 2016

Ealing Midsummer fayre - the three-day family festival of fun – will be returning to Ealing Green next week (June 24 to 26 2016). It will feature a colourful collection of handmade craft, jewellery and gift stalls alongside tasty local, regional and world food and drink. A live music stage, ... Read Story


Stamford Food and Drink Festival all set for Town Meadows

Posted: 08 June 2016

Stamford Meadows will host a feast of treats when the three day Stamford Food and Drink Festival opens next week. Traders are bringing foods to satisfy the most continental of palates – from Scandinavian hot-dogs, French cheese, piping hot paella, to Turkish delight and South African curries ... Read Story


Market Square Group in June 2016

Posted: 08 June 2016

It’s been 10 weeks since our first event of the 2016 season and what an enjoyable period it has been. Market Square Group has made many new friends, not least in some of the new areas of England (and France!) we have ventured to. Two of these events took place in Kent, the garden of England.... Read Story


Line up for Stamford Music Festival announced

Posted: 19 May 2016

Music is back on Stamford Town Meadows – and the bill for the Stamford Music Festival is taking shape. Organised by the Market Square Group, the festival, which will have a relaxed family friendly atmosphere, is being held on the Meadows from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17. Early bird tick... Read Story


Market Square Group in May 2016

Posted: 03 May 2016

Haverhill, Henley-on-Thames, Newcastle and Calais. Thank you for your hospitality in April. Another successful four events for Market Square Group. We are now in May and event activity is really starting to warm up, which is more than can be said for the weather we battled through last month. But a... Read Story


A flavour of British and international food at Clissold Park Food and Drink Festival

Posted: 20 April 2016

A wide range of local, national and international food will be on offer at the Clissold Park Food and Drink Festival. The three-day event is being held at Clissold Park, Hackney, London, from Friday May 13 to Sunday May 15 and is organised by established market event specialist the Market Square Gr... Read Story


Stamford Music Festival is all set for the Town Meadows this July

Posted: 18 April 2016

Stamford Town Meadows will host the genre-spanning Stamford Music Festival this summer. Organised by the Market Square Group, the festival is being held on the Meadows from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17. The Friday night will have a jazz ‘n’ blues feel. Saturday afternoon will be a ... Read Story


A flavour of local, regional and national at Tonbridge Food and Drink Festival

Posted: 15 April 2016

A tantalising array of local, national and international food will be on offer at the first ever Tonbridge Food and Drink Festival next month. The three-day event is being held on the Tonbridge Castle lawns from Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22 and is organised by established market event specialist ... Read Story


Themed market events will run in Eastbourne’s Grand Parade this summer

Posted: 14 April 2016

Fans of shopping and specialist food and drink are in for a treat as a series of themed market events will run in Eastbourne this spring and summer. Market events specialist the Market Square Group will began with a World Village Market from at the start of April and the next event starts on A... Read Story


Hythe Food and Drink Festival - date change

Posted: 06 April 2016

The Hythe Food & Drink Festival, previously planned for 8th-10th July, has been moved to 22nd-24th July. The Hythe Town Festival Committee are planning to extend the scope of their Hythe Festivals and they feel that our event is of sufficient value to extend the dates of the Festival. As ... Read Story


Vintage Market Traders wanted for events in Eastbourne this summer

Posted: 04 April 2016

Market Square Group is looking for vintage and craft sellers to trade at their events in Eastbourne on the south coast this summer. If your specialism is affordable vintage fashion, collectables and accessories then please get in touch and take advantage of our fantastic 50% discount for trader boo... Read Story


Applications now open for the Stamford Food and Drink Festival

Posted: 04 April 2016

Producers of breads, wines, cheese, beers, crafts and other goods from across the UK are being invited to take part in the 2016 Stamford Food and Drink Festival. The festival is being held at Stamford Town Meadows from Friday June 17 to Sunday June 19 and is organised by established market event sp... Read Story


Market Square Group in April 2016

Posted: 04 April 2016

Lots of new announcements and updates for you this month. Allow us to wind the clock forward and fill you in on our summer plans. As we hinted at in our previous blog, we can now reveal the dates for Market Square Group’s two big events in Stamford this summer. The Stamford Food and Drink Fe... Read Story


Hythe to savour taste of its first food and drink festival

Posted: 09 March 2016

Market Square Group is making its first visit to Hythe on the Kent south coast this summer. This will be the towns first Food and Drink Festival, taking place on the canal bank from Friday July 22nd to Sunday July 24th 2016. What to expect from the event? A craft beer festival, live music sta... Read Story


Market Square Group in March 2016

Posted: 02 March 2016

March has arrived and with it the month of the first Market Square Group events of 2016. We rounded off 2015 with a series of Christmas festivals, and despite the wind, rain and general inclement weather, survived to tell the tale. Most of these Christmas Markets are back on the list for 2016, and ... Read Story