We currently run events throughout the year at five different venues across North Yorkshire. All of our venues have their own unique charm and the events held at each have their own special character. Read on to find out full details…
Kirkleatham Hall, The Old Deanery, The Station, and Yarm are homes to our signature brocantes. A frequently asked question from those who have never visited one … what is a brocante? The literal translation of brocante from French to English is ‘second hand / flea market’. However, in reality it is so much more than this. In France you will find many such markets almost every weekend, all year round, reflecting the French national characteristic of not wasting anything! If something can be re-used in practical or decorative way then it quite rightly stays out of landfill. Brocantes on the continent are the place to find almost anything, from the faded grandeur of chateau clearance items to bargains from grand-mére’s attic – things you will never find in the shops. You will also always find one or two local artisans selling their traditionally made goods, and often fresh local produce. To make the whole experience even more pleasurable there are always street food vendors and the continental café culture easily assimilates with the brocante atmosphere.
Although we can’t entirely recreate the full experience of the French or wider European brocante, we try to get as close as possible within the limits of our highly unpredictable northern English weather. At Heartisan Events brocantes you will find gorgeous homewares, textiles, china, rustic furnishings, French and English vintage, reused and repurposed items, antiques, salvage, curios, gardenalia, plants and fresh flowers (season dependent), and a small selection of compatible local artisans. At our Kirkleatham venue you will also find exciting local food and drinks produce to relax and enjoy during the event or to take home with you.
KIRKLEATHAM HALL MUSEUM & GROUNDS, KIRKLEATHAM, nr REDCAR
The museum is housed in a beautiful Queen Anne building which was opened in 1709 as a free school, and now hosts a wealth of local history from Anglo-Saxon treasures to industrial heritage. You may know the museum and grounds as host to the award winning Festival of Thrift. The whole Kirkleatham site has so much to offer – exhibitions, adventure playground, owl centre, woodland walks, café, and is just 2 miles from the beach – so you will be able to spend the whole day enjoying the area. Visit the Kirkleatham Museum website for more details: KIRKLEATHAM HALL MUSEUM & GROUNDS (link opens in new window)
ST MARY & ST ROMUALD PARISH HALL, YARM
With a rich history dating back over 1,000 years, Yarm was first mentioned in the Doomsday book of 1086. It was an instrumental site in the formation of the world’s first public railway, with a pivotal meeting for the building of the Stockton & Darlington Railway taking place in 1821 in the George & Dragon Inn where you can still enjoy a drink and chat (with or without such historically significant results) to this day. More recently, in 2007 Yarm was voted the best high street in the country by viewers of BBC Breakfast. In 2019 it was shortlisted for the Great British High Street Rising Star award. It has a wealth of independent shops and fabulous eateries, mixing the modern and the historical seamlessly. Our bijou monthly pop-up brocantes here take place in the parish hall, adjacent to the church itself.
THE OLD DEANERY, RIPON
The Old Deanery is a Grade II red star listed building dating back to 1625. It is just a step across the road from the magnificent Ripon Cathedral. Once home to the deans and canons of the Cathedral, it is now an award winning bespoke hotel with stunning rooms and gardens. The Old Deanery is well placed for a grand day out in Ripon. Not only is it on the doorstep of the Cathedral, it is just a couple of minutes walk from the historic market square. The town centre and the hotel are linked by Kirkgate, a very pretty street lined with boutique shops and cafes. Our brocantes will fill the ground floor of the hotel with beautiful and unique stalls, making the most of our splendid surroundings. See The Old Deanery website for more details on this venue.
THE STATION, RICHMOND
The Station is a unique and stunning location just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Richmond. This beautiful Yorkshire Dales market town has a Norman castle, Georgian architecture, and is bursting with historic charm alongside vibrant eateries and shops. A stroll across the majestic bridge over the river Swale and you arrive at The Station. Built early in the Victorian railway boom, Richmond station became a victim of the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, and eventually fell into disrepair. In 2007 the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust began the incredible transformation to what we have now – a modern destination housed within a superbly retained and restored piece of history. Have lunch or coffee in the delicious café that now sits where the trains would have stopped; find tasty treats in the little independent foodie businesses which continue further along the ‘tracks’; and on our event days find us on the platform our selection of goodies! See THE STATION webpage for more details on this venue.
JUDGES COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL AT KIRKLEVINGTON HALL, YARM
A stunning Victorian country house, now an AA 4 Red Star Hotel recommended by Michelin, the Good Hotel Guide, The Times, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph as one of the best hotels in the UK. It is the Cesar Award Winner for Country House Hotel of the Year 2018, which is the hotel world equivalent of winning an Oscar! Visit the hotel website for more details: JUDGES HOTEL (link opens in new window)
Judges Hotel is home to our ‘A Country House Spring Fair’ and ‘A Country House Christmas Fair’ – luxury shopping fairs to suit the elegant surroundings, showcasing some of the finest artisans and small businesses in the region. Feedback from visitors consistently highly rates the quality and variety of the stalls, and the friendly atmosphere of these events.
See UPCOMING EVENTS for future dates.