Yesterday evening saw our very first Port Talbot Market. After months of planning, it was pleasing to see it receive so much support from traders, local businesses and shoppers.
It took place between 4pm – 8pm at the Transport Hub on Station Road and aimed to bring vibrancy to the area and offer the community a selection of fresh produce, street food and crafts. The market attracted a huge crowd and many traders sold out of their products before the market ended.
Port Talbot Market is the latest street market to join our other successful markets in Uplands, Marina, Mumbles and Pontardawe. The aim of the markets project is to use pop-up events to demonstrate the qualities of public space – to boost footfall and dwell time. The markets project has also become a sustainable social enterprise in its own right, creating a full time job for a graduate.
Here’s some of the positive feedback posted on Facebook:
“Good to see such lovely, high quality and ethically made products sold by local businesses. Great atmosphere and lots of support from the public”
“It was fab bought some lovely beetroot and coriander from the veg man, olives and fab melts, look forward to the next one”
“Wedi mwynhau ymweld â’r farchnad ym Mhort Talbot yn fawr. Edrych ymlaen at y nesa! @FolkSoap @Mr.NicePie”
“This is just what the town needed. The market was full of great, quality products and really had a positive community atmosphere. Enjoyed chatting to people, bought lovely soaps and even had delicious gluten free cake. Looking forward to the next one”
“Brilliant, well done to everyone involved. It was so nice to see so many people coming out to support it and the plaza area was bouncing. Bought some lovely cheese and brownies. Long may it continue!”
“Came away with a bag load coffee beans, pies, scotch eggs, cakes & olives & feta cheese. Absolutely delighted as a Port Talbot business owner to see this happen & so pleased to see how busy it was! Long may it continue!”
Thank you to the local Councillors in Neath Port Talbot who supported the trial event.
The next Port Talbot Market will take place on Thursday 29thAugust, 4pm – 8pm (the last Thursday of every month).
You can see the dates for all our markets by clicking the link below: