Urban Artisan Market - Poole's Monthly Craft Fair

by Make!Geek in Poole, England, United Kingdom

Urban Artisan Market - Poole's Monthly Craft Fair
We did it
On 28th March 2018 we successfully raised £175 with 12 supporters in 28 days

We are hosting a new regular quality craft market in the heart of Poole.

by Make!Geek in Poole, England, United Kingdom

Our Goal

We are starting a monthly Artisan  Craft Market in the heart of Poole.

We believe in supporting local talent and small businesses, and this showcase of artisan makers will provide the community and visitors to the area with a regular opportunity to interact with these artists in a very meaningful way.

The market will include loads of stalls featuring a varied cast of local artists and creators, craft workshops for all ages, skills demonstrations, a cafe space, and the Make!Geek Community Fund raffle.

Our aim is for the Urban Artisan Market to become a fixture on the local social calendar. We are  really looking forward to working with the team at the Old Town  Community Centre to host a quality monthly event that brings the local  community together.

Quality Local Products

In today's High Street-dominated world, it can often be a challenge to find a gift or product that's truly special. That's why we believe in supporting local creators to reach people who really care about buying unique, quality items close to home.

The Urban Artisan Market aims to introduce the Poole community to a myriad of local producers right on their doorstep. Through trading products, sharing skills and knowledge, and getting to know each other, everybody at the market can create lasting relationships and build a strong community of shoppers and makers.

For Artists

As  local artisan creators ourselves, we know that Bournemouth, Poole and  the surrounding areas are home to a thriving creative community, who would love to be able to make use of a regular platform to sell their handmade products, promote their skills, and build relationships with  regular customers.

A regular, local market in this large urban area is a perfect opportunity for anybody with an artistic talent to hone their skills, make sales, and gain valuable business experience.

The Funding

Your funding will go towards improving a great many aspects of the market, in order to make it the best it can possibly be.

When hosting an event such as this, all the little costs can really add up. We need to raise £500 to cover the cafe equipment & stock, signage, decor, venue hire, training and more. With more funding, we will be better equipped to make the Urban Artisan Market a regular fixture in the community - so please consider making a pledge and investing in its future!

Risks and Challenges

Our first market is set to be held on the 7th April, which gives us a very short timescale! However, we know that there’s no time like the present, and we believe in the power of a deadline to keep us motivated.

Starting from the ground means that getting our name out there is a challenge. With our combined experience in events organisation, creative arts, catering and business management, we are in a great position to put our skills to use and really bring our ideas to life.

Our funds are low, but with the help you can provide through Crowdfunder, the Urban Artisan Market will quickly become self-funding. This way we will be able to generate an income for a regular fixture on the Dorset craft scene, and many more exciting ways to help the community.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

A Brick in the Wall

Your name immortalised on a brick in our Wall of Gratitude, a great big "Thank You" artwork to be displayed at every market!

£10 or more

A Lovely Cuppa

Relax over a free hot or cold drink and biscuit in our cafe space, knowing you've helped to make this great community event happen! You'll also get a brick on our Wall of Gratitude as a thank you for your donation.

£15 or more

From Me to You

As an extra special Thank You for supporting our market, we'll send you a personal handwritten card to show how much your support means to us. You'll also get a free drink in our cafe, and your name on our Wall of Gratitude.

£20 or more

It's In the Bag

A free Urban Artisan Market canvas tote bag. It's perfect for taking home any goodies you pick up at our fair! You'll also get a handwritten thank you card, a free drink in our cafe, and your name on a brick in our Wall of Gratitude.

£20 or more

Meeple Me!

A Hand-painted Giant Wooden Meeple version of you - or a character/person of your choice! Your Mini-Mee will be 5cm tall and makes a great ornament for an avid gamer. You'll also get a personal thank you card, a free drink in our cafe, and we'll include your name on our Wall of Gratitude.

£30 or more

Two of a Kind

Get our Tote Bag AND a Giant Meeple version of you! You'll also get all of the previous rewards as well. Can't say fairer than that!

£50 or more

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The Golden Brick

One backer gets their name emblazoned on the Golden Brick - a great big brick on our Wall of Gratitude. This is an extra special, one of a kind thank you which puts you in our Number One spot on the Thank You artwork - to be proudly displayed at every event for years to come!

£60 or more

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Your Face Here!

We'll put your face on a t-shirt, to be worn by our staff at the Urban Artisan Market. Your face on the front - and a great big thank you on the back!

£150 or more

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Corporate Sponsor

By pledging £150 or more, you will be a featured sponsor of the Urban Artisan Market for 3 months, with your logo on the main front signage at the event, advertising on our Facebook Page, Website, and all associated communications.

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