I’ve heard several times about Kirklinton Hall https://kirklintonhall.co.uk/ a historic ruin around 10 miles from Carlisle, they host weddings and a number of events such as film screenings and fairy days for children along with a weekly makers #CraftMarket held on Thursdays (10-4pm) throughout the Summer.
I chose possibly the worst day to visit, the rain didn’t break all day but I had been meaning to take a look at the market since it started and with no set plans I wanted to make the effort. Having previously run my own market stall in a previous life I know all too well how miserable it can be to set your stall up and stand there all day and have virtually no one turn up so I would be one extra potential customer.
Arriving at the hall is really quite impressive, a haunting ruined building with quite beautiful grounds it really is special. The car parking was easy and it was well signposted, the market was in a hall (inside I had worried it might be outside!) There were around 10 stalls and a small cafe, stall holders were really friendly and there were some genuinely nice products on sale. There was some gorgeous jewellery from https://www.scrappoworko.co.uk most items are made from recycled silver – cutlery, etc, I bought some lovely ‘love and kisses’ earrings. Other stalls included textiles, personalised framed art, several fairy themed stalls, plants, knitwear, etc. If you needed to buy a gift I am sure you would come away with something.
There are pick your own gardens and fairy walks to explore but unfortunately the weather prevented me from venturing further than the undercover part of the hall, I will come back though on a sunny day when the market is on.
I like to support local initiatives and people giving things a go and that is exactly what you will find if you visit the market, the hall is stunning and the market gives you a reason to take a look. There is no reason why the market couldn’t grow if it is supported, ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’.
More info here: https://www.visitcumbria.com/car/kirklinton-hall-and-gardens/