New Market to celebrate the best of Thamesmead

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We're holding a vibrant community market in Thamesmead on 9 August, from 12pm to 4pm, next to the Lakeside Centre on Southmere Lake to celebrate the best of Thamesmead’s local food, crafts and more.

The market will feature over 20 stalls from local food and craft businesses, such as award-winning Back-A-Yard grill, Himalayan Tiffin and Infinite Catering serving up the finest take away cuisine from the local area.

Local crafts will be showcased by Gardens in the Sky, Pink Salt UK, Daisy Designs alongside the work of Bow Arts artists based at the Lakeside Centre, which opened in 2019 with 35 artist studios. Local radio station RTM (Radio Thamesmead) will be broadcasting live too.

The Thamesmead Market; which is being delivered in partnership with, local event company CC Events, the Thamesmead Festival Production Group - made up of 11 local residents, and leading event producers Serious will feature local food and craft traders, stalls from Bow Arts.

The market has come about at the suggestion of the resident production group behind the annual Thamesmead Festival, which normally hosts up to 5,000 people, had to be postponed until next year.

Deborah Frimpong, Chair of the Moorings Neighbourhood Forum and member of the Thamesmead Festival Production Group said: “Having had to spend a lot of time at home recently, the market is a fantastic opportunity for families to come out for a few hours to see some of the wonderful things that local people have created, developed, cooked or baked. So, why not come out safely and stretch your limbs whilst supporting our first Thamesmead Market right beside one of our fabulous lakes. See you there‼️“

Adriana Marques, Head of Thamesmead Culture Strategy at Peabody said: “The last few months have been challenging because we’ve all missed meeting together as a community during lockdown.

“As restrictions ease, providing some much-needed opportunities for celebration by hosting small events like the Thamesmead Market are a vital way for the community to come together and socialise safety. These events show how vital culture is as a representation of our community and how it can keep us motivated through challenging times. Come and join us to see Thamesmead at its best.”

To comply with strict Covid secure measures extensive arrangements have been put in place to ensure visitors can enjoy a safe and enjoyable experience. On the day numbers will be managed, a one-way system will be put in place and hand sanitisers will be available.