The fifth annual Benwick Dickensian Market was held on Saturday (November 17th). The weather was on our side, and we saw the best turnout since its inception. The Market, which ran from 12-4 outside the Five Alls public house offered something for the whole family. Children were entertained with Punch and Judy shows, and many ran around with their faces painted. A coconut shy offered everyone the opportunity to win, well, a coconut and there was plate painting too.
As with 2011, we had the Grymm Tooms travelling museum who brought their incredible collection of Victorian memorabilia. If you didn’t see them, you really missed out. The Ely and Littleport Riot morris dancers provided live street entertainment, and the fast wit of the Midwinter Mummers and their traditional Mummers play drew the crowds and had many laughing. We also had the fantastic Manea Silver Band.
There was a great array of stalls, from the insanely talented Lyndsey Green (check out her Tumblr) with her gift cards, tote bags and other hand illustrated goods, to the delicious cheeses from Lymm Bank Farm (www.postacheese.com). There was fine tea from Daokrajai (visit their website here), delicious cakes, fresh bread and meat and hot doughnuts too.
Some lucky people won bottles of Wine in the ‘Wine or Water’ lucky pick game, and a tombola saw lots of people walking away with prizes.
If you missed out, don’t worry it’s on again in 2013. Keep up to date with everything on the Dickensian Market Facebook page – www.facebook.com/benwickdickensianmarket