Rochester – New Monthly Market

Dear Members

Please see below an email update from the Chariman of the High Street Forum regarding the new artisan market.


HRRA Committee 

Dear Local Resident,

Rochester City Market

Rochester City Centre Forum* are writing to inform you of a new monthly market they are starting in Rochester high street, from 8th April 2017. The monthly Saturday market will be launched as a 12 month pilot scheme lasting until March 2018. It will operate on the second Saturday of each month from 10.00-3.30pm.

Rochester City Market is intended to bring further vitality to the high street and to make Rochester a must-visit weekend destination. For local residents it will provide you with an opportunity to shop from a wider variety of independent and start-up businesses and enjoy the creative work of local artisans. The City Market will operate on different weekends to the existing Farmers’ Market and Flea Market. (currently not operating).

The outdoor market stalls will complement the existing shops, businesses and cafes and will add to the variety of merchandise available to shoppers. All stallholders will be vetted prior to acceptance, making for a quality market, selling hand made artisan goods, locally grown food and carefully curated vintage goods. The categories in more detail are:

FOOD: encouraging both locally grown and small scale food producers. The Food stalls could include the attractions of freshly picked fruit and veg to confectionery and bakery delights from around the world.

ARTISAN: this category will include handmade and hand crafted products covering everything from bunting to leather bags and pottery. If it’s authentic, original design you are searching for, this is where to find it.

VINTAGE: For lovers of second-hand, preloved and upcycled wares, the Vintage section will cover everything from industrial salvage through retro vinyl to minute collectables. The brocante comes to town with hard-to-resist treasures for the hunter-gatherer in all of us.

The market is to be run by the Forum as a not-for-profit event. All expenses and turnover will be the responsibility of the Forum and all profits will be reinvested in the running of the market. It is intended that any surplus profit after the pilot scheme will be used to finance Forum initiatives to improve the high street.

A Market Manager will be appointed to oversee the daily running of the market each month. Additional stewards will assist in the set up/break down of the market and will offer guidance to stallholders.

For its start the market will launch with around 27 stalls, located in clusters between the bridge end of the high street and Northgate. It is intended that stalls are sited on pavements and hard standing areas. Specific sites for the stalls have been identified in conjunction with Medway Council and will be strictly controlled by the Market Manager. Unofficial stalls will not be allowed. The majority of stalls will occupy a 2x2m pitch and will be covered by a gazebo provided by the Forum. Stalls will not extend into the road in order to maintain access for emergency vehicles, local residents and businesses, eg the Bull hotel. NB. On Saturdays, the high street is already closed to vehicles between 10.00 and 4.00pm.

The Market Manager and stewards will be on site from 7.30am to assemble the pop-up gazebos. They have been advised to be considerate to local residents and work quietly during the morning assembly. Stallholders will arrive between 9.00 and 10.00am in a staggered fashion to unload. Stallholders will then park all cars in public car parks. Break down of the market and gazebos will occur between 3.30 and 5.00pm.

If you have any queries regarding this new event, please do not hesitate to contact the City Market working party on 01634 811651 or 07701099119

With best wishes

on behalf of Rochester City Centre Forum

* Rochester City Centre Forum is an umbrella group meeting quarterly, which is open to all stakeholders in Rochester, including local residents and business owners, local heritage societies, museums and the cathedral etc. Local police, clergy and councillors are also present at the meetings.