If you have been hanging out for a unique, innovative, fun market (dare I say a little sassy) with variety galore, yet still exudes that old-style village market feel, then look no further.
Roleystone Markets present local, artisan and handmade (where possible) items with no more than 3 stalls selling the same primary product ensuring variety and quality with a nice level of quirky. This attention to detail and the picky attitude of their Stall Coordinators ensure Roleystone Markets stand out from the rest and maintain their reputation for being a 'Destination Market' with a genuine difference. Moreover, it's right on your doorstep.
Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, will showcase the beautiful Perth Hills village of Roleystone in all its spectacular autumn colours, with the unique and quirky Roleystone Autumn Twilight Market comprising over 100 carefully positioned hand-picked stalls, plus over 20 food stalls.
Treat your senses to the sounds of fabulous entertainers, including the Bendigo Buskers around the park, and on the central stage among others, the Market's own songbird Victoria Corcoran. I hear that secret talks are currently underway for a very special addition to the entertainment, fingers crossed.
How to get there
Turn onto the Brookton Highway, off Albany Highway Kelmscott, and you pass through one of the most scenic valleys in the Perth Hills to the Roleystone Markets, situated in Cross Park. Turn off at Holden road and follow the signs to the market location situated along Jarrah Road between Wygonda and Heather Road, just 30 kilometres south-east of Perth. You will find yourself immersed in the colours of autumn amongst the tree-lined centre of this beautiful village, so close yet so far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Please check the Important Parking Information at the end of this article and enjoy your day.
Bring a rug or chair and enjoy the music while having dinner as twilight approaches.
Roleystone Markets take advantage of their excellent position at Cross Park, situated on a huge oval, with space for the kids to play ball, or run themselves ragged. Surrounded by Shady trees, the large grassed area provides a spacious and protective bushland setting to enjoy the day and a twilight meal around the central stage.
Several brand-new stall holders have chosen Roleystone Markets to display their talents for the first time, whether that be in the books written by an amazing young man who has overcome the challenges of autism to write fantasy novels or an innovative young man who is designing his own range of sportswear.
Hayden Selfe, a local young author living and working in the Perth Hills, sees his Asperger's Syndrome as a blessing, enabling him to escape into a fantasy world of dragons and other mystical beings. Have a chat with him and view his latest book, Smouldering Hatred.
Unified by Alice: Alice Sinkovich makes her own beads for her beautiful handmade necklace's, and all her many other different types of jewellery. This year she has a new kiln installed, so Alice is looking forward to creating and learning new techniques this year.
Rock & Mandala - Alaina Hollis: These first timers to the Market showcase Wood Burnt Mandala Art, Mandala inspired clothing, and crystals contained in boxes/pots with Mandala Art.
Wherever you turn, there is something new complimenting the many regulars. Choose from woodwork chopping boards, glass platters, bowls, light panels, local pottery, jams, sweets, olives, cards, exotic soap products, unique jewellery, glittering crystals, distinctive candles and handbags.
Is this the best market for kids?
Younger visitors are always well catered for at this family-friendly market with lots of space for running around, a skate park alongside the oval together with a small but perfectly formed playground next door to the Community Garden.
Close up and personal with the animals at Old McDonalds Farm, a regular favourite.
The diverse and tempting odours of the fabulous foodies arranged around the edge of Cross Park, are all hand-picked by the Food Committee (sounds like a tough job) with over 20 food vans offering food from around the world, including gluten-free and vegan. I challenge you not to find something to your taste, with no more than 3 stalls selling the same primary product.
Banana Leaf Modern Filipino Street Food: Grilled pork belly with jasmine rice, cheeseburger spring rolls. dynamite chilli bao buns, loaded chips with either pulled beef, crispy pork belly or crumbed chicken.
Con Pebre: Authentic traditional Chilean street cuisine. Slow cooked meat in white wine enhances the delicious taste of their burgers and loaded fries. Also available are loaded hot dogs, gluten free fries, vegetarian haloumi burgers, vegan hot dogs and burgers.
The Roleystone Men's Community Shed is always a go-to-place for visitors to the Market. What these guys create out of old gas bottles, bits of wood or general rubbish must be seen to be appreciated. Their gas bottle barbecues are legendary and they are always keen to have a chat, who said men do not talk?
The Roleystone Community Garden is now settled and flourishing in their new location, a testament to the great work of the volunteers. It is well worth the short walk to check out the crop of vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, and strawberries on display. The Gardeners will be tending the beds and no doubt will have the kettle on for anyone that would like to chat and have a cuppa and a biscuit. The resident horticulturist will be there for any sticky questions and there will be plants for sale including the best strawberry plants ever.
A true community market
Formed as a sub-committee of the Roleystone Community Garden and with sponsorship and support of the local Community Bank – Bendigo Bank, the Roleystone Markets Committee coordinate quarterly markets that are a fixture in the Perth market scene and now a 'can't-miss destination', for not only the local community but the Perth community. Come and see for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
A variety of Not for Profit groups providing activities ensure Roleystone Autumn Twilight Market 2019 is a great family day out.
If you have a unique product, talent, food, or service, and would like your wares displayed in a market that appreciates your difference, then email their stall coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important parking information
To ensure a hassle-free day and easy parking for everyone there will be a road closure around the Market to facilitate additional car parking and hopefully take the pressure of the local streets. Traffic management will be in place with plenty of signage around the area, but half of Jarrah Road from the Wygonda/Jarrah roundabout up to the Senior Citizen Centre will be closed off to parking.
A distinctive mix of quality art, craft, provisions and produce
To add to the experience, the Fiddle Group and the Brassos will be entertaining you for an hour at the Roleystone Markets. Come along and enjoy a variety of tunes from both groups. Don't forget to check the Roleystone Markets facebook page for the latest details.