Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre
Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre first opened its doors in 2010 and is owned and run by Angela and Sarah Ruttle. Angela and Sarah saw the potential, where many may have not, in a building that was once a large cow shed, set in the middle of a field!
Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre is conveniently located in rural Heskin, with easy access to the M6 and surrounding villages and towns. This welcoming Lancashire destination has over forty unique and different shops including a high-class butcher, stylish and affordable boutiques, gift shops, handbags and jewellery, a tempting delicatessen, a leading art gallery, The Crafty Potter Craft Cafe and so much more.
As soon as you step through the doors at Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre, the vibrant, warm, and welcoming atmosphere hits you and you see the Two Birds Tea Room, that is always busy and deservedly so, as it serves top quality, locally sourced snacks, meals and cakes and there is always service with a smile!
Whether you are visiting Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre for a day out of shopping and lunch, or if you are a regular visitor to Heskin butchers (with amazing Water Buffalo and Game), the farm shop for local fruit and veg, or The Black Olive delicatessen. It could be that you are stopping by to pick up a last-minute gift, Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre really is a special place with something for everyone.
Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre has really gone from strength to strength since it first opened its doors in 2010 and we wanted to find out more about one of the people behind the business. Angela Ruttle shares with us the secret behind the success of Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre, and shares with us why she loves going to work every day.
Why did you decide to Start Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre?
Both Sarah and I saw the potential in our vision for Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre and we wanted to take on a new challenge and work for ourselves, for the first time. We wanted to create something that would not only be a successful business but that would bring jobs and visitors to the area, that we both live in.
We took it one day at a time and knew that if we stuck to our beliefs and our vision and we enjoyed it, that it would be a success. We were right.
What does Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre stand for?
Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre stands for a great customer experience. The shops here are all high quality and are great value. There is something for everyone, from someone looking for stylish quality jewellry through to fun items for children looking to spend their pocket money.
It really is all about the customer and our belief is that if we look after our customers then the profits will look after themselves and that has been true so far!
What do you most enjoy about running Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre??
We love that every day is different. We thrive off the excitement of seeing something that we started grow and seeing the successes that our tenants are having. They have all grown with us and we have great relationships with everyone who works here. We like to think that the atmosphere at Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre is a big part of its success and why so many of our customers return repeatedly.
What time do you start work and finish work?
We are both at work from 9am-5.30pm but our phones and emails are always on, we never really switch off, but you don’t really when you are runing a business that you love.
What has been your favourite memory so far?
There are so many memories, but one that really stands out is when a gentleman visited Heskin Farmers Market, browsed through all the shops, and stopped for lunch in the tea room. He then proceeded to stop by our office to tell us ‘It feels so wonderful here as soon as you step over the door’.
That moment has stayed with us as it is exactly what we wanted to achieve when we first saw this old cow shed seven years, ago.
What plans do you have for 2017?
We have several party weekends planned and some exciting cookery demonstrations that will be a little bit different. The butchers will be running a series of tasters, that are always extremely popular and we are launching a new cheese counter in the delicatessen.
Why should people visit Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre?
If people want an enjoyable, welcoming experience, to browse the shops, stock up on some delicious food, enjoy an afternoon tea or lunch or even treat the children to an afternoon of craft activities, then come and visit us. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!
What is your favourite time of year at Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre?
It’s really lovely in the spring and summer when people can sit outside on the patio and enjoy the beautiful countryside surroundings. However, it’s also a little bit special in the winter time, too, when the log burner is roaring in the tea rooms and the smells from the specialty coffee and the homemade soup drift through and add to the atmosphere.
Any time is a great time, really.
What do you love most about the area where Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre is?
I live in Heskin and feel very lucky to live here. The people are so friendly, a cliché I know, but it really is true. The amazing countryside and the walks that I enjoy on my time off are fantastic. I sometimes feel like I live in a bubble, a happy one that is!
What do you like to do on your day off?
I enjoy swimming and walking, just getting out in the fresh air and being outdoors is a real pleasure for me.
In one sentence, why should people visit you at Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre?
If you want to brighten your day, find quality produce and products and good value, come and see us!
Here are just a selection of testimonials from Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre’s happy customers:
What a lovely time we had on a trip to Heskin Farmers Market. All under one roof and time for a brew and a cake in Two Birds Tea Room, friendly staff. We hope to visit again soon. Keep up the good work
This is a favourite place to wander round, have coffee and usually buy one of the bargain bags or scarves. Also, good value individually made cards for weddings and other special events, cleverly stitched by a creative lady
Beautiful place in a gorgeous village, lots of amazing shops and stalls. Visited plenty of times. The tearooms are lovely and a wide range of scrumptious cakes and sandwiches…great place to shop and relax. Highly recommended!!
Heskin Farmers Market is an excellent place to visit. Particular highlight for me is the art gallery and two birds cafe. A mixture of other stall to suit all tastes and budgets
Great variety, a good venue due to the number of outlets to visit. Great quality, you really must visit the art gallery and try the buffalo burger from the butchers.
Address: Heskin Farmers Market and Craft Centre Heskin Estate, Wood Lane, Heskin, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 5PA
Tel: 07599 831907