Hundreds of people visited Hollingbourne today for the Annual Safari Market organised by the Women’s Institute and the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust. The event has been held annually since 2009 although there was a break in 2016. There were around 30 stalls in people’s gardens, garages, and on the Greens as well as a special market in the Cardwell Pavilion where refreshments were on sale.
Although the weather was fine a number of stall holders who had participated in previous years remarked that the number of visitors was lower than in previous years. Normally professional dealers arrive from about 8am to snap up bargains but there did not seem to be so many as in prior years and one unnamed dealer suggested that it has not received as much advance publicity as usual. The market closed at 2pm with some stalls trying to clear their remaining stock for pennies.
Pictured below are some of the stalls in the Eyhorne Street end of Hollingbourne.