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The first market of the year in the village will take place on Saturday 25th March at The Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort from 10am-3pm.

With 50 traders lining up on The Dark Walk, you can expect to find a wide variety of delicious food and drink options. From street food to speciality coffees, there's something for everyone to enjoy. 

Artisanal food stalls will feature Northern Irish Dexter and Short Horn beef and Buffalo meat as well as Irish cheeses from Indie Fude. There will also be a range of jams and chutneys and smoked salmon and seafood from The Oystercatcher. 

Treat yourself or others with certified organic skincare products from  Mrs R’ganics and vegan lip butters and balms from Plumpy Balms.

The Royal Hillsborough Farmers’ Market isn't just about food; it's also a great place to find unique crafts created by talented artisans. Whether you're looking for handmade jewellery or handcrafted pottery, you'll find it all here. With so many different vendors selling their wares, you are sure to find something that catches your eye.

In addition to the fantastic selection of food and crafts on offer, there will also be plenty of activities for children to enjoy. Children can look forward to street theatre performances, craft activities, face painting and balloon modelling.

But the Royal Hillsborough Farmers’ Market isn't the only reason to make a day trip to this picturesque town. There are some great historic walks taking past Hillsborough Church and Hillsborough Fort. Or take the sculpture trail around Hillsborough Forest and stop off at the adventure playground with the kids.

There are also some unique independent shops and eateries abound in Hillsborough.

Julie Elliot is a must-visit boutique with its carefully curated selection of clothing and accessories. in klöver features beautiful art and crafts from artists and makers across Northern Ireland and beyond. You can find beautiful flowers and gifts at Twigs & Twine in Royal Hillsborough village.

Foodies won't want to miss out on some of the new culinary attractions in Hillsborough either. Arthur’s Boutique Hotel and Coffee Shop is perfect for those looking for a luxurious overnight stay or just a quick coffee break. You’ll be spoilt for choice for cafes too with Karibu Coffee and Mimi’s serving speciality coffee, while Keane’s Deli provides fresh sandwiches, salads and bakes made using locally sourced ingredients to take away.

You can also indulge in some freshly baked goods and pastries from the town’s new bakeries, Kin & Folk, Tori’s Coffee Bakes & Cakes and the Roundhouse Bakery.

All these attractions combined with the Royal Hillsborough Farmers’ Market make this a must-do event for friends and family this spring in Lisburn & Castlereagh.

Royal Hillsborough Farmers Market

Date: Saturday 25th March

Where: The Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort

When: 10am-3pm

Parking: Hillsborough Forest (parking managed by stewards for ease of use) & Ballynahinch St Pay & Display car park

Trader lineup

Food producers 

Autumn Harvest

Ballylisk of Armagh

Ballyriff Buffalo

Castlescreen Farm

Cherryvalley Farm 

Crawfords Rock Seaweed Company

Deli Muru

Gold & Browne’s

Habanero Steve’s 

Indie Fude

Jack’s Fudge

Kin & Folk Fine Treats

Le cale Harvest

Marshall Beekeeping 

Monto’s Chocolates & Confectionery

Mrs Smyth’s preserves and ferments

Refuge Chocolate

Rosie McNeill Cakes

Round House Bakery

Seaview Farms

Something Fishy NI

The Curious Farmer

The Daily Apron

The Local 

The Oystercatcher

Tom and Ollie

Horticulture - locally grown plants & flowers

Gracehill Flower Farm

Potters Hill Plants

Street Food & Coffee 

Ballyriff Buffalo

Crepe 2 Go

Cubo mini donuts

Loki’s Coffee

Pig Out

Pizza Table

The Curious Farmer

The Fancy Fox

Tribal Burger

Wild Child Foods

Art, craft, skincare and sustainable living

Aggie & I Soy Candles

Alison Hanvey Ceramics

Ann Feely Artist

Do Your Bit


Mrs Rganics

Plumpy Balms

Rebecca May Jewellery

Sam Allen Art

Seaside Books 

Thomas Powell Pottery

Wild about soaps

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