Shoppers

Yes you do. Entry costs £3 (including booking fee and VAT) and you need to be registered in advance of arriving. This is to assist with our track and trace efforts and also to assess how many people are on site at any one time as you will be scanned in and out of the venue.

You just need to register on this site, or when you are arriving at the Market. But please arrive at the Organiser Tent having registered, to avoid any delays and queues forming. Here is the LINK to Book!

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.

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 you pop past the Organiser Tent with your pooch to say hello. We might even have some little treats for your fur baby :)

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. Unfortunately, there is no parking available on site for less-abled  / disabled individuals or people with pushchairs. However, at both Crathes and Aberdeen Beach Links, we do allow temporary drop off and pick up near the Entrance, so long as any temporary stopping does not impede other traffic flowing around the Market entrance area or causing a safety issue for pedestrians.

The drop off / pick up points are as indicated below.

For those that have dropped off visitors, they must remove their vehicle as quickly as possible and park in an appropriate parking area. Pick up is also available, but with the same restrictions. 

Note also that both sites are events fields, 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.

Aberdeen Beach Links

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Crathes Castle and Grounds (Guides Field)

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There is plentiful free parking adjacent to the Market. However, we would always strongly encourage visitors to use public transport if at all possible.

For Aberdeen Queens Links 

By Foot: The address for the Market is the Aberdeen Queens Links Leisure Park, AB24 5EN. A number of attractive and fun routes are available to the site, and we encourage you to research these in advance.

Public Transport: The nearest bus route that travels past the Market is the No. 15 Airyhall - Aberdeen Queens Links bus. It travels along Esplanade, down York Street and then along Links Road, as indicated below. Nearest bus stop to the Market is opposite the Market. It typically arrives (on a Sunday) every 30 mins. Here is a LINK to the First Group Bus website and the No. 15 Bus Route. We also in discussions with an Aberdeen-based Tuk Tuk service to understand whether they are able to provide a fun transport link from the City Centre to the Aberdeen Beach. Watch this space!

By car: Free parking is available nearby, within Queens Links car park and opposite, as well as on the main roads. 

For Milton of Crathes

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.

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.