New artisan market launches in historic Buxton venue

The Arches artisan market which has just opened in Buxton.
The Arches artisan market which has just opened in Buxton.

A new market experience is taking shoppers underground to bag a bargain.

The Arches at Hogshaw Mill, Buxton, opened its doors on Saturday and artisan traders sold their goods in the unique 18 arches near the viaduct on Fairfield Road.

The Arches artisan market which has just opened in Buxton.'Unit holders, Sean Sweeney, right, and Bethan McGlynn, left, from Verdbris, chat with customers on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Arches artisan market which has just opened in Buxton.'Unit holders, Sean Sweeney, right, and Bethan McGlynn, left, from Verdbris, chat with customers on Bank Holiday Monday.

Natasha Whitehurst, whose dad Ian owns the mill, said: “My father bought it 18 years ago and always meant to do something with it - he had planning permission for a restaurant but he decided he didn’t want to do that.

“He wanted to give back to the new businesses and small companies and take a chance on them, like someone took a chance on him when he was starting out.”

There are 12 permanent stall holders and four will rotate on a pop-up basis.

Natasha said: “We hope everyone enjoyed our first weekend. It was a lovely busy opening and the sun came out too. A massive thanks to everyone who made this possible and supported one man’s great idea. It really has been a labour of love for him.

The Arches artisan market which has just opened in Buxton.'Laura Dipple-Johnstone in her 'Laura Loves' beauty product unit.

The Arches artisan market which has just opened in Buxton.'Laura Dipple-Johnstone in her 'Laura Loves' beauty product unit.

“Thanks also to everyone who has worked so hard to get The Arches finished and over the line.”

The newly-restored Hogshaw Mill, which was built by the Duke of Devonshire to house corn in the 1800s, has independent shops in the arches, including crafts, designer dog attire, shabby chic and vintage furniture, jewellery and The Body Shop products. There is also a tea room - Pepper and Pig - offering tasty treats for shoppers.

Following the launch, people took to Facebook to praise the event. Leanne Taylor said: “Just nipped in - its lovely. I will be popping back later for a couple of bits.”

The Arches will be open every Thursday to Sunday, as well as on bank holidays, and stall enquiries are welcome.

Natasha added: “We’re down to our last spaces, and pop-up opportunities are filling fast.” For more information, email thearchesbuxton@gmail.com.