How did this little gem of a market pass me by, especially as it’s so close to home. The Heide Makers’ Market is a collaboration between two well-loved Melbourne institutions – Heide Museum of Modern Art and The Rose St. Artists’ Market.
Set in the picturesque surrounds of the Heide Museum of Modern Art sculpture park, Heide Makers’ Market is the perfect space for those who are creative and a little different in their wares to share with people from Melbourne, Victoria and the world. I visited on the Mother’s Day market and it was busy but unlike some markets – not overwhelming. It was a little soggy under foot but I’d left the gumboots behind.
The sheer space of this place along with the fabulous contemporary art gives this market an atmosphere like no other. Kids run around, climbing in and around the sculptures or playing hide-and-seek. There are lots of beautiful trees for shade or shelter or for some kids – to climb!
Oh dear the tasting tables are a killer. These brownies were so delicious I had to pass it at least three times and try different slabs. Oh, then I bought some – great for dessert that night with ice cream.
Love this beautiful piece called Yes No Maybe Retry and in fact her Llama necklace was so adorable I had to buy it for a friend’s 19th birthday. Craftsmanship was superb. Find them on their website here.
Artwork can be very personal and I fell for these prints that are vibrant, colourful and somehow friendly – is that possible in a print? Just gorgeous.
STALLHOLDERS: Heide Makers’ Market is on the lookout for talented doers and makers to join them. It’s a great group of stallholders and the customers love all things handmade! To apply, simply fill out the application form here. You can select as many days as you’d like.
OPENING HOURS: 9 am to 2 pm first Saturday of every month. Does not run from May to August. Would recommend you check website here for upcoming dates.
LOCATION: Heide Museum of Modern Art – Sculpture Park, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen
PARKING: It gets very busy and so you should try to come early to secure a good park. Up the side streets nearby there is no charge. The Golf Course charges $5 to park and I wouldn’t mind if the $ were going to charity – but it’s not. Parking along Templestowe Road is okay but check signage as there are restrictions.
TRANSPORT: There is good public transport via train (Hurstbridge line) to Heidelberg station and bus #903 (Mordialloc bound) to Heide. Disembark at the Bridge Street/Manningham Road stop. Estimated bus travel time is 5-10 minutes. Walk to Heide Makers’ Market through Banksia Park, via pedestrian path next to the Helmet sculpture.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access but it is on grass so if you’re in a wheelchair it may be boggy if it’s been wet. Aisles are wide enough for wheelchairs.
ATM: Not one on site but most stallholders have EFTPOS facilities.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: I wouldn’t recommend dogs as it’s quite a tight space with stalls. Perhaps tie them up out the front but please be mindful of them on hot days.
FOOD: There are no food stalls albeit there are some places that sell delicious brownies and you can sample them. The coffee dude was flat-out just making the lattes with a long queue.
TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets at the entrance to the market.
On Website – Heide Market
On Facebook – Heide Market
On Instagram – @heidemarket
Twitter – #heidemarket
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