Update on Aberdeen City Centre AFFA Fine Open Air Market


Despite best efforts to reach a compromise with the site owners at the new Aberdeen City Centre location for AFFA Fine Open Air Market, we have reached an impasse on getting access to the site again for the next market, scheduled to take place on Sunday 18 April 2021. Whilst we have approval from Aberdeen City Council and both UK and Scottish Governments to proceed, the site owners’ reluctance centres around their nervousness of hosting an open air market on one of their sites, whilst COVID restrictions remain in place.

Despite having an agreement in place since January, we have to respect their final decision. We have therefore withdrawn from the agreement as we cannot continue to cancel markets at relative short notice, which is unfair on those booked to attend, and particularly those that rely on these markets to earn much needed income during these tough times.

We continue to review alternative sites in the City Centre but nothing has been identified yet that meets the criteria that we require to safely operate an open space market and which offers convenient facilities for those less mobile or requiring local facilities. We will be contacting all those booked to attend the market to offer refunds or transferring to the next market at Milton of Crathes on the first Sunday of each month.

Whilst this is disappointing for those that prefer the City Centre location, we will continue to seek alternative City Centre sites and also focus on growing the AFFA Fine Open Air Market at Milton of Crathes, which offers ample free parking onsite, toilets, direct access off the A93, fantastic scenery and great local shopping at Milton of Crathes and Banchory.

Our next market is on Sunday 2 May 2021 and we look forward to welcoming local makers, market traders and car booters, all within a safe socially distanced open air market space. We will be promoting local food and drink, arts and crafts, repurposing and upcycling, clothing and accessories, home and garden, and so much more. As restrictions are anticipated to ease over the coming months, we are looking into additional entertainment that can enhance shoppers’ trip to enjoy the stunning Royal Deeside scenery.

We value your ongoing support as we continue to navigate these tough times as best we can. Meantime, please stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing you next month. If you have any questions for us at all, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.