Beat the winter blues with a day in the Perth Hills and enjoy the lush green paddocks and the beautiful architecture of the deciduous trees. Just the right time for a short drive up the hill to the little village of Roleystone for the Roleystone Winter Market on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
The Roleystone Winter Market promises some real surprises with over 100 handpicked stalls, great new vendors, quirky, individual and offering great quality, definitely well worth venturing to this beautiful Hills hamlet.
Wander around the abundant carefully positioned handpicked stalls, sustained by various food vendors, while being entertained by roving musicians. Roleystone Markets maintain their theme of quality over quantity with local and bespoke over imported and mass-produced items and no more than three stalls with the same primary product.
Follow the signs
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.
Roleystone Markets take advantage of their position at Cross Park, somewhat akin to the country showgrounds, of my childhood. Situated on a huge oval, with space for the kids to run themselves ragged. The large grassed area provides a spacious and protective bushland setting to enjoy the day.
Quality, variety and a little quirky
The reputation of Roleystone Markets is spreading, with over 100 stall holders keen to display their wares (some fabulous new stalls), and as always, each one has been hand-picked to ensure variety, quality and the uniqueness or sometimes quirkiness that the Market is becoming known for.
Walkers Workshop custom design all types of outdoor and indoor steel artwork.
With the focus on locally sourced (with most locally made) products, often with the artist on hand, and a handmade/no imports philosophy, Roleystone Markets attract many unique vendors. Walkers Workshop, Seed Sister, Second Chance Woodwork, Konserviert By Sparcl, and Greenacres Macadamia, represent the quality on show. I love strolling among the stalls, you never know what may be around the corner.
To be seen with
Pick up one of these handy bags at $5.00 each to support the community and help the environment.
A big shout out for the buskers who help provide such a great vibe to the Market. These musicians are such a huge bonus to the Market that the local Community Bank is going to sponsor them. So, stop, listen and say hello to the Bendigo Buskers.
Food and drink
A great mix of over 12 food vendors will provide plenty of choice and variety, with everything you could possibly wish for. Nacho Evolution, Street Food Lab, along with The Dirty Swine are examples of the quality available.
There are more delights available complimenting new, different and delicious nachos from Nacho Revolution.
For the children, they have the usual favourites, Old McDonalds Farm, Bouncy Castle and their occasional visitors who are always an attraction for the kids, including Rainbow Trailer, Zorb Balls and the ever-popular Scribbly Faces face painting. Cross Park also boasts an excellent skate park for kids big and small.
Check out the excellent recreation of a children's toy garage by Peter, a new Shed member.
Roleystone Men's Community Shed will be there as always, with their latest inventions, including 50 ways to turn a gas bottle into a BBQ (thankfully restocked after selling out at the last Market). These approachable blokes, are always up for a chat, and to discuss the benefits of the Men's Shed concept in general, and the Roleystone Men's Shed in particular. Moreover, all the funds raised go towards the building of their new Men's Shed. New members are welcome.
The community garden in the true heart of the village
The best strawberry plants you will ever find, raised with love.
Roleystone Community Garden has been a consistent presence at Roleystone Markets which is understandable as the Market is a sub-committee of the Community Garden. You will not find their usual stall on the Cross Park site, but signs directing visitors towards the Wygonda road end to their (soon to be) new permanent home, moving after five years at the old primary school site. The Community Garden shed is now built and there will be some demonstration beds ready for visitors. Moreover, the gardeners will be available and ready to chat, give gardening advice and have some of the best strawberry plants for sale, that you'll ever find.
A community project
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.
A variety of Not for Profit groups providing activities ensures Roleystone Winter Market 2018 is a cool family day out.