Make Sunday, September 10, your best spring market experience in a bushland environment from 10:00am to 3:00pm, in the little village of Roleystone, located high in the Hills. Stroll among numerous carefully positioned handpicked stalls, while being entertained by wandering musicians and enjoy a great rock hunt with 'Roley Rocks'.
Turn onto the Brookton Highway, off Albany Highway Kelmscott, and you pass through one of the nicest 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.
A bird's eye view of the beautiful Cross Park, home to the 'can't miss' Roleystone Markets.
Proud to contribute to the 'Spring into Armadale Festival', Roleystone Markets is now a major destination in its own right, focusing on variety, quality with a handmade/no imports philosophy, only allowing a few of the same types of vendors to trade on the day.
'Roley Rocks' for the kids
Kids, are you ready for a massive rock hunt? Five rocks, including the prized gold rock, will be hidden around the Market stalls and the oval, and you are encouraged to try and find them (no virtual rocks here). Prizes will be presented to those who are successful, with the major prize to the lucky person who finds the gold rock. 'Roley Rocks' have some great prizes organised, including free rides on the kid's activities at the Market.
Roleystone Markets take advantage of their position at Cross Park, reminiscent of a country showground, situated on a huge oval, with space for the kids to play ball, hunt for rocks, or run themselves ragged. Trees surrounding the large grassed area provide a spacious and protective bushland setting to enjoy the day.
Buskers at the last market were extremely well received, so building on the vibe, performers will be on the stage during the day (singers and dancers, including the popular Petra and her kid's troupe, and some classical groups from Classic Sounds), with Victoria Corcoran on the 'mike' and buskers situated around the market stalls.
Keep an eye out for a busker as you stroll around the market stalls.
Roleystone Markets continue their theme of quality over quantity with local and bespoke over imported and mass-produced items. Over 90 stalls will be ready to share their wares with an amazing array of 17 food vendors, more than their last market, after feedback that people wanted more.
Yummy sweets, with lovely cream, strawberry and Nutella await you at Scone Crazy, and of course, Banoffee, is just a taste of the variety of food vendors awaiting you.
Variety and quality
With the focus on locally sourced (with most locally made) products, often with the artist on hand to chat about their creations, and a handmade/no imports philosophy, Roleystone Markets attract many unique vendors, such as the selection below.
Cross Park boasts an excellent skate park for kids big and small. Jumping castles, animal farm, face painting and a great selection of other activities complete the fun. No cries of boredom here (don't forget 'Roley Rocks'), as you browse the stalls and enjoy the entertainment.
Shedders, gardeners and 'fireys'
A variety Not for Profit groups providing activities ensure Roleystone Spring Market is a great family day out.
The local Community Bank is proud to be partnering with the local Volunteer Fire Brigade, to raise funds for their very fit running team, competing in the National Running Games (in Bendigo) in 2018. Situated at the Bendigo Bank tent, the 'fireys' will have hoses, a fire truck, and a few other surprises to excite the kids, while selling raffle tickets to raise funds for their trip. Who doesn't love a fire truck, and what a great draw card for the kids.
Roleystone Men's Community Shed will display their usual array of fabulous creations and some great new innovations. Check out the completely refurbished Phillips Kiddiecarrier 101, designed to attach to a bicycle, and transport up to two small children. New members are welcome, check out their website or have a chat with the blokes from the Shed.
Roleystone Community Garden will have herbs for sale, along with their luscious strawberry plants. If you enjoy gardening, (no experience or knowledge needed) then enquire about joining (and sharing in the spoils) this dedicated community group, while picking up some gardening tips.
A 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 as a whole.
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But wait, there's more
Like tulips? Then why not make a day of it, take the drive to the Roleystone Spring Market and go on to the Araluen Tulip Festival, or the reverse. Just make sure you come and enjoy both events in the beautiful Roleystone area of the Perth Hills.
"A distinctive mix of quality art, craft, provisions and produce