Cliftonville Farmers Market at The Oval Bandstand

It is with great regret that unfortunately the Cliftonville Farmers’ Market will not be taking place at The Oval Lawns this month.

GRASS Cliftonville CIC have expressed sadness at the difficult decision to cancel the monthly event until further notice. As a responsible organisation GRASS Cliftonville CIC requires the market operator, the Cliftonville Residents Association, to meet their statutory obligations for health & safety as required for all farmers’ markets, but to-date they have not provided the information needed to issue a market operators licence.

GRASS Cliftonville’s events have always adhered to the requirements of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG), which compromises Kent Fire, Environmental Health, and Kent Police, to ensure events held at The Oval Bandstand & Lawns are safe, legal, and meet all statutory obligations. 

We are concerned for all the artisan stall holders and producers at the Cliftonville Farmers’ Market who will be financially impacted by the decision to cancel, so we hope the Cliftonville Residents Association can find a way forward so the event can continue at The Oval Lawns.

 Stephen Darrer, Director of GRASS Cliftonville CIC, said: 

It is with a profound sense of regret that we must announce the cancellation of the monthly Cliftonville Farmers’ Market at The Oval Bandstand & Lawns.

We know this will bring huge disappointment to those who continue to support the Farmers’ Market, so we are very sad to announce this news. This is definitely not how we would wish to start our tenure as owners of this wonderful historic asset, and it’s very upsetting to everyone at GRASS to think that the market will not be taking place this month, however, the safety of the market’s customers and our community is of paramount importance to us, so we must insist that basic health & safety obligations are met.”