If you want more from a market than endless rows of stalls selling the same items, then Roleystone Markets is for you. It keeps up the variety by only allowing a few of the same types of vendors to trade on the day; creating a great experience as you weave your way around over one hundred carefully positioned handpicked stalls.
Experience this unique winter market on Sunday, June 12 at picturesque Cross Park from 10.00am to 3.00pm, in the little village of Roleystone, located high in the Hills 30 kilometres south-east of Perth.
Escape the city and stroll among the huge variety of selected stalls entertained by wandering musicians from the Roleystone Musicians Club.
See for yourself
Pass through one of the nicest valleys in the Perth Hills (I have some great photos, but that would spoil the experience). Turn onto the Brookton Highway from Albany Highway Kelmscott, turn off at Holden road and follow the signs to the Roleystone Markets in Cross Park, situated along Jarrah Road between Wygonda and Heather Road, Roleystone.
The focus is on locally sourced (most are locally made) products, often with the artist on hand to chat about their creations. Variety, quality and a handmade/no imports philosophy indicates Roleystone Markets is the place to find that unique item. Check out a few of the new stalls that are offering something different.
Charlie and James: Handmade jewellery using vintage components and reworked antique treasures, perfect for that special gift. The latest collection ranges from large statement pieces to barely-there necklaces, earrings, studs, bracelets, cuffs and rings.
Pollard Designs: 100% textile products of clothing and homewares. A mother and daughter team grow organic indigo and Australian plants in their studio colour garden in Bedfordale. All fabrics are hand dyed along with making, knitting, hand stitching and other processes. Their silk and some other garments are made through a sustainable project in Cambodia supporting women in keeping their children out of orphanages, and building skills in silk weaving, natural dyeing and running their own business with support and mentoring.
The Head Gardener: Personally designs, sculpts, and hand makes tribal pots and planters with an old world/new world theme. Each pot is planted up with water wise succulents grown in his Bayswater backyard nursery.
M Rigby Construct: Furniture made from a mix of locally sourced/recycled and upcycled timber, mostly pine and Jarrah. Butcher blocks, some chopping boards, also hall tables and book cases if timber available.
At every turn there is something new, complementing the many regulars. Choose from woodwork chopping boards, glass platters, bowls, light panels, local pottery, cards and handbags, just about anything you can think of. I defy you to leave without picking up something.
A large variety of food vendors and Not for Profit groups providing activities ensure Roleystone Winter Market is a great family day out. As a regular attendee, I have noticed the increase in variety of food outlets with old favourites mixing it up with new ones.
Cross Park boasts an excellent skate park for kids big and small. Jumping castles, animal farm, face painting and many other activities complete the fun. What better ways to keep the kids occupied while you browse the stalls and enjoy the entertainment.
Roleystone Markets take advantage of the unique atmosphere at Cross Park. Trees surround this large grassed oval providing a spacious country environment to enjoy the day. There is space for the kids to kick a football or run themselves ragged.
Roleystone Community Garden has some plants for sale and will be delighted to talk to people about the plans for the Garden when they move to their permanent home at Cross Park soon. Chris Oliver, their horticulturalist, will be on hand to answer questions or provide advice. 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.
The Community Garden and the Men's Shed were delighted to receive funding from Lotterywest in the last few weeks, so very exciting times ahead for both the Gardeners and the Shedders.
What about parking?
Patrons can park in the public parking on Jarrah Road and additional parking can be found on Wygonda Road. Vendor parking is located on Robin Road (at the old primary school) with plenty of signage and traffic marshal's to assist with directing.