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Award winning markets making a splash on this beach
The Seaside Markets at Stansbury have won a host of tourism awards over the last decade, and there is good reason for this they are a great set of markets.

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Market Signage - Steve Hudson


Held on the foreshore at Stansbury, and spilling out over Anzac Parade and causing the road to be partly closed, the markets are a beacon for locals and a tourist attraction for visitors from afar.

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Stansbury Foreshore - Steve Hudson


With over 60 stalls, there is plenty of variety, and plenty of things for the whole family to see and do. For families with kids, the face painting is always a treat, as are the sweets and toy stalls and the lucky dips. The children's playground is also nearby, while the safe swimming beach at Stansbury is awaiting sandcastle builders and swimmers alike.

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Face Painting - Steve Hudson

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Toy Stalls - Steve Hudson


Food and drink stalls are numerous and combine to provide a menu of choice that defeats even the largest deli. Bacon and Egg Rolls are a popular item earlier in the day, with the cakes dominating mid-way through the day before the gigantic sausage rolls and other warm pastries provide a rousing intake for the lunchtime crowd.

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Food Stalls - Steve Hudson

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Baked Goods - Steve Hudson


Other packaged food items to take home with you include the traditional jams, preserves and nuts, a majestic range of sauces and chutneys from Grunds, spices from the Tymar Spice House, Kalamata olives and olive oil from Elia Olives, shortbread and other biscuits, several types of breads and the very popular Stansbury Oysters stall where fresh unshucked oysters are available. Fresh fruit and vegetables are also available from a couple of vendors.

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Grunds - Steve Hudson

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Olives - Steve Hudson


Other stalls include jewellery, accessories, gifts, candles, arts and crafts, fashion, bric-a-brac, books,placemats and tools. Some of the more unique items, with a local and seaside theme, typically come from some of the craft stalls where fish, sea creatures, seashells and other sea delights are prepared or from the local Alpaca store where various woollen products are available.

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Fish Art - Steve Hudson

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Sea Creatures - Steve Hudson


Clothes are also popular in many other forms with dresses, skirts, pants, t-shirts, hats, caps and scarves found amongst numerous stalls, both new and secondhand. Accessories also include belts, bags and purses, so it looks as though it is possible to come away with a complete new outfit after visiting these markets.

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Alpaca Clothing - Steve Hudson

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Accessories - Steve Hudson


Being located in a tourist town on the water's edge gives an opportunity for the Stansbury Museum and the Stansbury Progress Association to host a BBQ / tourism information stall, while the local Fishwatch team also have a stall explaining the where-for-alls in respect of boating and fishing on the Yorke Peninsula. The couple of stalls with fishing rods and associated gear are also very popular.

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Stansbury Museum BBQ - Steve Hudson


The Stansbury Seaside Markets are held from 9am to 2pm on the Saturday mornings of most long weekends, and at other popular tourism times in the town. Dates for 2015/2016 include :

Easter Saturday
First Saturday in October
Second Saturday in November and December
31st December (from 12noon 8pm, followed by fireworks)
Second and Fourth Saturday in January
First Saturday in March

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Artistic Ostriches - Steve Hudson

Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury Foreshore, Stansbury Progress Association, Stansbury Oysters, Tymar Spice House, Grunds, Seashells, Holiday Markets
Seashells - Steve Hudson


The markets are free to enter, and car parking is plentiful on the side streets. Further details are available from the Stansbury Seaside Markets website or their facebook page.
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Why? They sell seashells by the seaside
When: Various dates as per article
Phone: 8852 4577
Where: Anzac Parade, Stansbury
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Love the Fish Art set against the sea. And the emus are very appealing. Are they heavy (ie. are their bodies made of a rock)?
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4104) 1464 days ago
Great find Steve! Especially the sea creatures and ostriches - looks like a trip to Stansbury's in order for Christmas shopping!
by Jenny Pickett (score: 3|1694) 1464 days ago
The Stansbury Hotel also opens early on market days if you are chasing a better cup of coffee
by Stefano (score: 2|215) 1703 days ago
Stansbury is well worth a visit even when there is no special events on.Superb spot for relaxation
by r.eng (score: 2|396) 1349 days ago
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