All Saints Garden Arts And Craft Market
Cambridge may be synonymous for its colleges, cycles and punt tours, but at the heart of our vibrant city is a thriving market scene, which has been running in various forms since the Saxon times.
Originally an L-shaped market stretching from Peas Hill to Market Square, the daily market was rebuilt in 1849 after a fire destroyed much of the area and buildings. But the flames didn’t ruin the traders’ spirit and the market rose from the ashes. Today, the market scene in Cambridge is stronger than ever with a 94 per cent occupancy.
Just a short walk from Market Square, on nearby Trinity Street, is the award-winning All Saints Garden Arts and Craft Market. With the ethos ‘we make what we sell’, the Saturday market is the place to go to find beautiful, individually crafted items, many made from recycled materials, by highly-skilled craftspeople. Meet one of the people behind the stalls, Les – aka The Hairy Growler!
Les Martinez, The Hairy Growler, All Saints Garden Arts and Craft Market (turn left at the entrance)
The beautiful range of handmade and recycled jewellery at The Hairy Growler’s Saturday stall is the epitome of the city’s Arts and Craft Market. Les has been displaying and selling his bespoke jewellery, which is all made from old coins or spoons, at the weekly market for the past 13 years. The self-taught craftsman was just 18 when he started learning his intricate trade. With most of his working week spent in his workshop, Les enjoys the social side of the Saturday market and the opportunity to spend time alongside other people that make things for a living. Festival goers may have seen him at Glastonbury, where he is a return trader and an award winner, having scooped the Gold Award 2017 for the Most Sustainable Non Food Trader. www.hairygrowler.co.uk.
All Saints Garden