Shoppers

Pets are welcomed to the Market, so long as they are kept on a short lead, controlled and any dog mess is cleared at the time by its owners. Oh, and pop past the Organiser Tent with your pooch to say hello. We might even have some little treats for your fur baby :)

Visitors to the Market can consume food that they purchase at the Market but they are not allowed to consume alcohol on site, with the exception of samples, which the stallholders reserve the right to limit or refuse. Any packaging should be disposed of in a responsible way.

Note also that food and drink vendors handing out samples will be doing this from behind the stall, to mitigate any potential COVID-transmission. Also, with fruit and veg purchased at the Market, we always recommend that any food is thoroughly washed before being consumed.

Yes, we understand the concern. However, the event capacity numbers will be strictly controlled through mandatory registration, scanning in and out of the event, providing us with accurate data on how many people are on at any one time. Our marshalls will also be ensuring that all stall holders and visitors to the event are adhering to all current social distancing guidelines. In addition, our guidance is as follows:-

SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES

  • Members of public to be advised that 2 people from the same household should visit any single stall at a time;
  • ALL to be advised not to attend the market if they or any of their household are symptomatic or self-isolation;
  • Members of public will be required to adhere to the one-way system around the event, ensuring social distancing at all time;
  • Volunteer stewards to be stationed at main access points to alert people to COVID procedures, and to enforce where necessary;
  • Access to the Event to be marshalled through main Entrance;
  • Members of public will be reminded of the social distancing measures and asked for compliance. Members of public will also be asked to move on from stalls once they have made their purchases;
  • Stalls will be widely spaced i.e. there will be minimum 2m (typically 3m) between every space – this guarantees space for 2 or 3 customers to queue safely and ample space for stallholders. Between any two facing stands or pitches, there will be minimum 6 metres distance.

 

We have to work within the confines of the rules set out to us by our landlord and also the market operator license conditions. The parking area is adjacent to the market area, so not too far to go.

Note also that the site is an events field, and may ne difficult to traverse due to potential trip hazards (longer turfs, divits in ground level, wet underfoot, etc). We therefore urge all visitors to maintain awareness of the ground conditions at all times. The grass has been cut to a reasonable level. However, it is not a manicured lawn :) We therefore advise to take care when browsing stands.

Yes, there is. However, we would always strongly encourage visitors to use public transport if at all possible.

By Foot: The address for the Market is Milton of Crathes Events Field, AB31 5QH. 

Public Transport: The nearest bus route that travels past Crathes is the Stagecoach 201 (Aberdeen-Braemar) service. Nearest bus stop to the Market is at Milton of Crathes. It typically arrives (on a Sunday) every 60 mins. Here is a LINK to the Stagecoach website and the No. 201 Bus Route

By car: The nearest parking is on site.

Under usual circumstances, we would have a number of seating areas available throughout the Market. However, in light of current circumstances regarding COVID, we have removed all seating areas, public areas and minimised as many "touch points" as possible. If you may require to take a rest whilst you are at the Market, may be respectively ask that you bring with you a portable resting device with you. There are various devices that are available for hillwalkers and such like that would come very useful.

AFFA Fine Open Air Market was created to provide a marketplace to bring together a range of local independent makers and market traders together whom don't have their own premises to be able to promote their produce. So bring them together to offer a truly unique and local shopping experience.

Whilst we don't want to comment on specific price points, quite a number of the local makers and market traders do not produce on a mass scale, and therefore don't have the benefits of economy of scale, nor the equipment to mass produce. So you may see prices that are higher than similar items that you would find in larger stores, but, in most cases, you are getting the opportunity to meeting the producer directly, and you know are doing your bit to support local business.

We hope not. However, queuing cannot be ruled out. This is dependent on how many arrive at the same time, and how many people have not pre-registered. You can help these efforts by having pre-registered and being patient. We may also have to crowd control to ensure that the Market area is not over-crowded.