Make & Mend Christmas Special 2021

The Make & Mend Market returns to the Grainger Market for a Christmas Special. After a break we’re back and better than ever. We’ll be located throughout the market with an amazing array of handmade local goodies, gifts and treats for all the family. Unique creations for the hard to shop for can be found right here!


Call for Makers

Maker Interviews Questionnaire

Our markets are on hold for now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April we held the first virtual Make & Mend Market to connect as a community and make sure our customers know we’re still here and still making.

To help make a big noise about our work I’d like to publish some maker interviews each month on our social media pages and website. Your interviews will include photos and links so customers can buy from you. If you’re interested just fill in the questionnaire and keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter on the first Saturday of the month. We’ll also be sharing your posts made with the hashtag #virtualmakeandmend.

The only requirements for joining in are that you’re a maker of things living somewhere in the North East of England, we’re encouraging people to shop local and shop small.

Announcements Market Days


Due to the Coronavirus we are cancelling our 4th April and 2nd May Make & Mend Markets, at least in person. During the time the markets would take place we will be running a Virtual Make & Mend. I invite you to meet our traders and join them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and around the web using the hashtag #virtualmakeandmend.

During this time we’ll also be sharing posts by the wonderful traders of the Grainger Market, our regular venue. Many of them are noticing it’s a bit quiet right now, a lot of them are able to deliver to your home. Support your local market!

All being well we plan to resume regular market days in the Grainger Market on 6th June 2020. We hope to see you all there.


Announcing Make & Print Market


Join our new market!

We’re looking for stallholders for our brand new market, the Make & Print Market. Bringing zines, books, comics, art, prints and related activities to the Grainger Market four times a year.

Tables are £25. The Make & Print Market will take place in the Grainger Market on each of the above dates, 9am to 5pm. You can book for as many or few dates as you like, a table and chairs are provided.

We’re also looking for related all ages activities the public can take part in during the market, with a friendly and creative atmosphere.

Each stall must have public liability insurance for £5 million. This is required by the council. We can recommend affordable PLI options designed specifically for artists and market traders.

To book just email and let us know who you are and what you’d like to bring to the market.

Or if you’d like to hear more about Make & Print specifically but aren’t ready to book just yet sign up to our mailing list.

Announcements Market Days

Busy getting Social

This month I’ve set up some new places to find out about our market on the web.

We now have a Facebook page. Our Facebook group is still there and full of lovely discussions but we wanted somewhere to easily share our markets and stallholders work with fans, plus find some new fans along the way.

We also have Instagram. We’ll be using this to post pics of our market days and share brilliant work by our stallholders.

Come and say hello.

Announcements Market Days

Summertime Sunshine

It’s been a gloriously sunny week, Summer is here. Here are some photos from our last few markets, the Grainger Market’s looking smart in this beautiful weather.

Announcements Market Days

Thank You!

Our market goes from strength to strength thanks to our fantastic stallholders and wonderful customers. I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who’s been to the market this year. It’s been lovely. Hope you’ll join us again in 2015 for a great set of markets. First Saturday of the month in the Grainger Market, starting in February.

Here’s some photos from our September market to give you an idea of what to expect from us next year. We’re always finding new stallholders so there’s plenty of surprises in store too.


Make & Mend Fictional Worlds Market

Join us in your own fictional world.

Make & Mend has gathered the best artists, designers and makers in the North East for this very special market.

On Facebook? Join the Make & Mend Fictional Worlds event and invite your friends.

Our stallholders create their own worlds every time they make. We’ve chosen the most inspirational and unique in handmade, upcycled, local and independent work.

Beautiful art for your home. Custom designed items, just for you. Magnificent jewellery. Carefully created ceramics, fresh from the kiln. … and so much more.

Pop in for a short visit in your own Wonder Land or make it a grand day out. The Library has fantastic facilities for all with a lovely cafe, brilliant children’s area and of course books for you to read, borrow and get lost in. Located just off Whitley Bay main street, we’re easy to get to and a hop away from the beach on this Bank Holiday weekend.

Would you like to be part of this market?

We currently have stalls available. For details please email with a little bit about yourself and what you make. We love to see photos of your work.


It’s Good to be Creative

I love a bit of statistics. The only thing missing from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport’s recent press release, Creative Industries worth £8million an hour to UK economy, is a visually appealing graph.

I can’t wait for their new website design to be applied to our pesky tax return forms. Speaking of which, online returns are due at the end of January. Have you filled yours in? Lois Addy’s UK Tax for Small Crafting Business Series is a great place to start if you’re filling in the form for the first time. If you’re really struggling though, Lois points out “there is no substitute for taking paid for professional advice specific to your circumstances”.

Good luck with your creative endeavours during 2014. Hope you’ll join us for our first market of the year, 1st February in the Grainger Market.

Our Christmas Market in the Star & Shadow Cinema – Photo by Paul Thompson