At The Old Courthouse

Shap Farmers' & Makers' Market


22nd April 2023

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Shap Farmers' and Makers' Market

Takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month March to November and the third Saturday of the month in December.

It started as a new venture in 2021 and hosts a good variety of quality food, plant, art and craft stalls making it an excellent place to shop for produce and gifts.  Live music takes place on the terrace at The Old Courthouse which regularly hosts exhibitions in its Exhibit ‘A’ Gallery. The Market is a joint initiative between Shap Parish Council, Shap Memorial Hall and Shap Community CIO (The Old Courthouse) who aim to provide local producers and artisans with an opportunity to showcase and sell their goods and to stimulate the local economy by attracting local residents and visitors to the markets.

Lying between the eastern fells of the Lake District, including High Street, and the limestone pavements and Howgills scenery of the Westmorland Dales, Shap is a great location from which to explore the area. The A6 passes through the village and the village is only 3 miles from the M6 (Jctn 39).  The market is held centrally in Shap village and is based at two sites in close proximity to one another – Shap Memorial Hall and The Old Courthouse.  SAT NAV: CA10 3NL

Both venues have disabled access and toilet facilities.  There is free parking in the public car park and additional road side parking.  

Stalls at the market



Environmental Group

Dear readers, supporters and friends of Reading for A Zero Carbon Shap.

In recent conversations it’s become apparent that the two books that we’ve so far attempted – “There is No Planet B” and “The Best of Times, The worst of Times” are so dense and packed with important, if at times depressing, information, that we thought that an approach with a different tack, a different media, might be useful, and offer a little light relief. To that end we would like all of us to listen to a recent half hour radio programme – probably at least three times, and discuss the content at our next meeting.

The programme, available as a podcast or on BBC Sounds, is “Could I Regenerate My Farm To Save the Planet” hosted by local author and farmer, James Rebanks, on  R4 Wednesday November 25th at 11am. 

Both myself and Peter listened to this programme and were so impressed that we immediately listened to it again. Its significance to me was its global outlook, but very local application (James grew up in Newby and currently lives near Dockray) with much of what he says of immediate interest to anyone with an interest in the future of land-use and its associated culture and livelihoods in Cumbria. 

So please excuse us for disrupting the usual pattern of our reading group, but as this will be only available to listen to until 23rd December we thought it would be silly to miss the opportunity. James is also the author of one of the best books I have read on the subject of hill farming, 'English Pastoral' which we could reserve for future reading if people like the radio programme.

The Old Courthouse


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