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Published September 8th 2013
Spend A Lazy Sunday At These Classy Local Markets
[ADVERT]In this modern age of huge sterile retail plazas and on-line shopping, buying things the old-fashioned way at the local market-place still exerts an irresistible attraction for many of us. A blast from the past, markets are not only places where we restock our pantry shelves, but also serve as valuable social hubs where we can catch up with our friends and neighbours in an attractive outdoor environment. Coming in all shapes and sizes, community markets of every variety, from the humble flea market to the new uber-chic designer ones that have sprung up everywhere over recent years, look as though they're going to remain very much part of our lives well into the twenty-first century.
This image is from the Mandjar Markets website.
One of the most popular and attractive markets near Perth would have to be the Mandjar Markets which are held on the beautiful Mandurah foreshore from 9.00am until 4.00pm every Sunday, from October until April. For those who have never visited Mandurah, a visit to these markets would be a great introduction to this lovely coastal city situated just one hour south of Perth. Located under large shady trees and with spectacular views over the Peel Inlet, Mandjar Market purveys a well-chosen selection of fresh produce, local gourmet goodies and exquisite arts and crafts by some of the region's foremost artisans. With items to suit every budget, there's sure to be something for everyone, so it's a great spot to head to if you need to purchase a gift for someone who is notoriously difficult to buy for.
Apart from the market stalls, there is plenty to keep the casual visitor occupied. Live performers are a popular feature of the Mandjar Markets, and these can include buskers, instrumental groups, magicians and living sculptures.
With such a vibrant and dynamic ambiance it's needless to say that these markets are extremely popular with children of all ages. Apart from the free entertainment, a variety of other amusements are always available, and the market often features a special theme to add to the magic. These include special events to celebrate Christmas, Easter, New Year and Australia Day, as well as the ever-popular annual Crabfest, Rocking out the Season celebrations, Medieval Swashbuckling event and Mandurah Iron Man competition.
Although Mandurah is only 84 kilometres from Perth's CBD, when you're down by the foreshore, hanging at the markets, you feel as though you're a world away. For a lovely day out that the whole family will enjoy, why not head to Mandurah this weekend? Better still, for a relaxing weekend not too far away from the city, how about booking overnight accommodation and taking advantage of all that this lovely regional city has to offer? With accommodation suitable for every budget, there's truly something for everyone. Take a look at this website to find out more about the Mandjar Markets, and go to the Mandurah and the Peel Region website to discover the many other attractions of this magical area.