A couple of weeks ago I found myself in lovely Kingston-upon-Thames with Faye for a fabulous blog event which I’ll be writing about very soon. Afterwards we decided to pop along to a fantastic night market which is held in the town once a month. I absolutely love the concept of combining a night out with a little shopping, especially when it means supporting lots of fantastic small businesses. As well as lots of lovely stalls, the event has a great choice of street food, coffee and beer, as well as a DJ to get you in the party spirit.
The old market square was flood lit for the night and had such a great mix of stalls, inside the market building was a fabulous selection of hand made and vintage items. Obviously I was instantly drawn to all the gorgeous vintage clothes. I was very happy to see that the majority of clothing on sale was pre 1970s and there was so much amazing mid-century fashion that I felt like a kid in a candy shop. Next time I will plan ahead and make sure I bring some money as there were definitely a few gorgeous dresses that I had my eye on.
I chatted to a couple of traders, who mentioned that they had booths at nearby Kingston Antiques Centre which is one of my favourite places to shop anyway, so I’ll definitely be paying them a visit soon.
As it was an unplanned trip I just took a few snaps of everything on my phone, which I just had to share on here. This really is the perfect night out for vintage fans. I’d recommend getting there early having a really good shopping session before settling down to some craft beer and street food.
Local car parks stay open until mid-night and the area has lots of trains and busses so it really easy to get to. The next dates are 24th Sept and 29th October for a Halloween special.
Find out more about the night market on the Kingston First website.