Late Summer Market
Zoom Events is visiting Hythe for a Late Summer Market from Friday 25 – Sunday 27th September 2020. The market will replace the Hythe Harvest Festival previously planned for Holman’s Field this Autumn, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Visitors can expect to find a wide selection of freshly prepared street foods, artisan grocery products, arts, crafts, clothing and accessories. We will be putting social distancing and extra sanitation measures in place as per the latest government guidelines. Please note that on this occasion we will also be limiting the overall number of visitors to the market and operating a track and trace system. Upon arrival you will need to scan a QR code at the entrance to the market or leave your name and contact details with our stewards.
New Limits on Social Gatherings
The UK government recently announced that social gatherings of more than six people in England will be banned from Monday 14th September 2020 for the foreseeable future due to a recent rise in Covid-19 cases. This reduces the maximum number of people who can gather socially from different households from 30 to six, although we understand that venues and visitor attractions will be able to hold more people in total if they comply with government Covid-19 secure guidelines with groups (of more than six) from different households being separated from each other.
We ask that visitors to this weekend’s Hythe Late Summer Market do not gather in groups of more than six people where they are from different households. We will have increased stewards in attendance who will be maintaining social distancing rules and ask that you comply with their requests of limiting social groups to less than six people within the market area including the outdoor distanced seating space and queuing systems.
Sanitation and Social Distancing Measures at the Hythe Late Summer Market
Zoom Events is not holding food & drink, beer or music festival formats during the summer of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the success of our Summer Markets in July and August, we have extended this format with a series of four Late Summer Markets during September 2020. These are being held at outdoor locations where it is possible to achieve social distancing with a market format.
Here are some of the things we are implementing to help keep visitors and traders at Hythe Late Summer Market safe during the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Opening hours which are in-keeping with a regular market with earlier opening and closing times
- A layout of stalls which enables adequate spacing for effective social distancing
- Line marking and event signage to assist social distancing and queuing
- Socially distanced seating area with tables well separated from each other
- One-way systems
- Low key bar area – there will be no cooking demos and limited children’s activities unlike the entertainment provided at our food and drink festival held in previous years. These features could encourage crowds of people to form and dwell in close proximity hence they will not be present
- Provision of hand sanitising stations throughout the market
- Sneeze guards in place at the bar and stalls where appropriate
- Traders will bring their own supplies of disposable gloves and sanitiser with extra supplies available from the market operator if required
- Extra sanitising of tables, seating and toilet facilities during the market
- Extra stewards to oversee social distancing and sanitation measures
- Reduced advertising to a local audience
If you are attending the Hythe Late Summer Market, please help us to keep everyone safe whilst having a fun outdoor shopping experience by:
- Adhering to event signage regarding social distancing and one-way systems
- Utilising hand sanitising stations and practising good personal hygiene, particularly before eating
- Bringing a contactless payment card if possible – most of the traders accept card payments
- Staying within your own family / friendship group and avoid mixing with other groups of people
- Bringing a mask to wear whilst shopping – although this is an outdoor market, you may feel it is safer to wear a mask. This is not compulsory but the market will create an environment where mask wearing is supported as an additional precaution
- Complying with social distancing advice given by our stewards and adhering to the track and trace system
Street Foods and Bar
Street food vendors attending the Hythe Late Summer Market will include some familiar faces and new outlets too. Try the ever-popular pork or chicken souvlaki or savour British meats cooked in a smoker oven. Alongside there will be freshly prepared traditional Mexican dishes, Chinese street food, arepas, salad boxes and crepes making for plenty of options to try. This weekend the Famous Last Stand Bar will be stocking a range of Real Ales from local Kent microbrewery, The Muskett Brewery including ‘Flash in the Pan’ their green hopped golden ale. An outdoor seating area with distanced tables will be available for alfresco dining, whilst queuing systems for the bar and food outlets will help to ensure the event remains safe.
A selection of handmade groceries from continental fine foods, baklava and saucisson to locally produced relish will be available to purchase and enjoy at home. Pick up some award-winning waxed cheese truckles, tickle the taste buds with an array of fudge from Granny Sally’s Confectionery or purchase some amazing spice pastes to cook with at home.
Arts and Crafts
The foodie treats at Hythe Late Summer Market will be accompanied by an array of stalls with unique arts, crafts, clothing and accessories to explore in the open air. You will find unique, handmade items including soaps, pottery, artwork, cookware, rugs, Italian clothing, finger puppets and much more. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to pick up some fantastic items for the home & garden or exciting gift ideas.
‘Jim the Potter’ from Trinity Court Potteries will be producing some fantastic pieces of pottery live at the market this Saturday and Sunday.
Gazebos for Authors
We have 14 fantastic authors who will be joining us at the Hythe Late Summer Market over the course of the weekend. They will be on distanced tables in open ended gazebos enabling visitors to chat to them about the inspiration behind their work and to purchase signed copies of their books. The authors will be accompanied by Hythe Books for Change who will be running a raffle to raise money for diverse and inclusive books to go into the local schools and library.
Talented musicians will be playing at Hythe Late Summer Market with social distancing measures in place throughout the weekend. Ian Fox and Harripaul will kick-off the line-up on on the Saturday, whilst playing on Sunday will be local Kent band Acoustix and The Moonbeans. Come along and soak up the atmosphere at our open air shopping experience.
Join us on Holmans Field, Hythe from 11am – 7pm on Friday 25th September, 9am – 7pm on Saturday 26th September and Sunday 27th September from 10am – 6pm.