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About Us

Local Makers Markets and Makers Directory

South Central Makers is a small family run business providing local artisan markets in the Hampshire and Test Valley areas, as well as running the markets, we also provide you with a beautiful growing makers directory, from here, you can buy directly from a maker by visiting their online shops, find out more about them and follow their social media pages.

With the focus on ‘shop local’, South Central Makers supports local makers for local shoppers.

“Shopping Local Has Never Been So Creative”

South Central Makers is a growing community and we look forward to welcoming you aboard. Why not visit our social media pages for updates and chat.

Kate Hayward - Owner

Kate started South Central Makers in 2019 after creating a Facebook group for all local crafters and artists. Her aim was to bring a local makers market to her home town Romsey, as she saw a gap in the market.

"I believe it's so important to keep shopping locally and supporting small business, especially since Covid-19. The small businesses need so much support and our local economies and communities thrive when we shop and support local. It's the most sustainable way to shop, I also wanted to give makers and artists an accessible way to sell locally!”

Kate has always been creative and her dream has always been to run a business where her creative side can really shine.

Kate runs South Central Makers with her family and her fabulous committee who are her right-hand women with thoughts, ideas and progression of the business. Most weeks at the markets, you will see some or all of them helping and or generally being part of the daily shenanigans.

Mike Hayward - IT Guy

Mike is the in-house IT guy; he's in-house because he actually lives in the house with Kate as he's her handy husband! Handy, because he really does fix all those annoying IT issues! Without him this whole website would not have been possible. 

Rose-Anna - Market organiser/helper

Rose-Anna is Kate's daughter and sometimes helps at the markets with set- up or organising or being Kate whenever it's needed.

The committee (Aka - The Coven)

South Central Makers has a small committee of Witches... We mean, ladies who are traders, have a vested interest and are all great friends. Left to right - Kate (Owner) Ange, Silke, Kathryn and Miss Marple the dog. The ladies have regular meetings to mostly mess about and laugh, but with a lot of really important and constructive ideas thrown in too. You will find at least one of these ladies at the markets and any or all of them will be available to help with any questions you may have.

Selling at the markets

  • Selling to a local customer base
  • Face to face selling at welcoming and well established makers markets venues

Buying at the markets

  • Buying from a local maker
  • Helping your local economy and community
  • Sustainable shopping because it’s local
  • Supporting small handmade businesses

We have a lovely growing social media community

We also have a couple of Facebook Groups offering support, chat & sharing. Crafters of Romsey and Surrounding areas and Crafters of Stockbridge, Andover and surrounding areas.