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Published May 5th 2019
A Traditional Country Market in the Heart of the Perth Hills
Are you a nostalgia-lover seeking a glimpse into a time and place when life was slower and more conducive to meaningful interpersonal exchanges? Or perhaps a jaded city-slicker, seeking a positive alternative to the bland retail experiences that are so typical of our modern way of life? In an era when shopping is characterised by gigantic suburban malls, jam-packed with chain stores purveying mass-produced imported wares, it's always a refreshing experience to stumble across a good old-fashioned country market. A couple of weeks ago, while enjoying a road-trip through the Perth Hills, I had the good fortune to discover the Chidlow Hall Markets.
As their name suggests, these delightful artisan markets are located in the quaint village of Chidlow, situated just 47 kilometres east of Perth. Like many hamlets in the Perth Hills, Chidlow is home to a vast number of artists and crafters, and the market day provides a great opportunity for them to promote and sell their handmade wares. In comparison to markets in the city, Chidlow Hall Markets are relatively small in size, with approximately twenty to thirty stalls. However, what they lack in size is more than compensated by the quality of products for sale, and their warm and inviting country ambiance.
The quality and great range of handmade goods was what first caught my attention, as I wandered around historic Chidlow Hall – the site where these monthly markets are held. Some of the goodies that were up for sale included beautiful handmade clothing, children's wear, jewellery, art, cards, cosmetics, candles, photography, sculpture, toys, and woodwork. There were also a couple of stalls selling stylish hand-knitted and crocheted items such as hats and scarves – perfect for the cold weather. Other goodies included fresh locally-grown produce, plants and food items such as olive oil, honey and jam. In a nutshell, Chidlow Hall Market Day is a great place to satisfy any market-lover's cravings, or to purchase a unique gift for someone special.
A genuine family event, Chidlow Hall Markets offers plenty to entertain young visitors, as well as the grown-ups. In order to create a more child-friendly space, the market's coordinator, Abbie Cornell has recently introduced lawn games such as giant Connect Four, Bocce, and giant Jenga on the adjacent oval. Live entertainment is held throughout the day, further enhancing the laid-back community vibe.
Chidlow Hall Market Day is held on the third Saturday of each month, although extra themed markets also take place on several other occasions throughout the year. These special additional markets are held on the days leading up to major events such as Easter, Christmas in July, Halloween, and Christmas. Last year's Christmas Market was held in conjunction with the village's Carols event, which took place on the nearby Village Green.
Prospective visitors should also take note that Childlow Hall Market Days are held either in the morning or at twilight, depending on the time of year. The morning markets take place during the cooler months of the year, from April to October – beginning at 9am and ending at 1pm. During February, March and November the markets are held in the early evening, from 4pm until 7pm. There is no regular market held during December and January. The best way to keep up-to-date with upcoming markets is to regularly visit the Chidlow Hall Market Day Facebook page.
In conclusion, whether you're a Perth Hills local or from further afield, a visit to Chidlow Hall Market is an awesome day out. A warm-hearted community event, the market takes place in and around historic Chidlow Hall, a rustic old building constructed in 1904 and located at 2130 Old Northam Road in Chidlow. To find out more, visit Chidlow Hall Market Day Facebook page, or send any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. With plenty of other local attractions such as nearby Lake Laschenaultia and John Forrest National Park, you can easily spend an entire day in this picturesque part of the Perth Hills.