The Magpies are returning this Christmas for a bigger and better Spiegeltent Market……Interested in joining us?
The Spiegeltent will be on Bristol’s Waterfront Square for another year and the Magpies have been asked to take over for the opening weekend. We will be offering vintage and handmade stalls with entertainment, food, bar and lots more.
Christmas at the Spiegeltent attracted over 11,000 people throughout its run in 2012. We are expecting around 15,000 this year with around 2,500 per market day. The Magpies & I markets were very successful last year, with its already large Bristol following from its monthly Markets on Bristol’s busy Park Street and previous events.
Plus the @Bristol outdoor Ice rink which is a stones throw from the Spiegeltent is expecting 150 visitors per hour! We are working closely to link our event with them.
There is space for 60 plus traders each day, in the Spiegeltent, Marquee or by bringing their own pop-up covers.
On top of the Market there will be music, dance, a bar, vintage bus serving tea and snacks, children’s fair, outdoor ice rink close by and also plans for a screen printing workshop, vintage hair salon and lots more.
That means we are looking for Vintage, Handmade, Food and Quality Flea sellers to join us!
What’s a Spiegeltent?
They originate from a long tradition of transportable marquees in Western Europe. The one being used in Bristol is called the ‘The Crystal Palace’. It’s one of the few large ones left. It is larger than last years Spiegeltent, check it out at www.crystalpalace.nl/index.html
A substantial part of the decoration consists of beveled mirrors, with wooden floors and art deco lighting. There are beautiful wooden booths around the edge of the purple wooden dance floor. All the ceilings are decorated with canvas to give the place a truly opulent feel.
Within the structure there will be the stalls, filling the booths, and central floor area and a bar. The food this year will be served from a different location. There will be under floor heating also to keep the winter chill out (and no fire door left open this year letting in the cold!)
We will be holding a Market on Saturday 30th November & Sunday the 1st December. Running from 11am to 4.30pm. There will space inside for stalls, alongside booths and then there is a separate outdoor structure of 18meters x 18 meters which will house the larger sellers pitches. There is also an outdoor busking stage so outdoor sellers don’t miss out on all the entertainment action!
There will also be space for those that fancy bring their own Gazebo or Marquee to set up outside, running along the waterfront.
Stalls & Products
We are looking for quality vintage, handmade & flea traders; we want traders that put love into their products and the way it’s displayed!
Looking for vintage & handmade sellers of; Clothing, homeware, kitchenella or furniture. Quality flea, antiques, kitsch or quirky wares, Art, illustration or ceramics.
Handmade crafts. These need to be handmade by yourself or friends. NO IMPORTED or MASS PRODUCED PRODUCTS.
No food vendors selling products to eat on site. Gift wrapped food to take away will be considered.
We will always give priority to local traders first.
We will ask for photo’s of your products or website links to ensure your product is right for Magpies & I.
We reserve the right to return a booking if we have too many of on product being sold…the magpies always like a good mix of traders! ;)
If your items are unsuitable, duplicate product or the pitches are full you will be fully refunded within 7 working days.
You will need to bring your own trestle table to the event, if you do not book a booth, but chairs will be provided if you are in the Spiegeltent only.
Plans for the day
There will be outdoor food venders, and a vintage bus serving tea and cakes are currently booked.
Also hoping to have chestnut sellers and mulled wine sellers providing customers with smells and tastes as well as all the beautiful stalls to catch their attention.
We hope to beable to provide an onsite crèche or kids workshop area to help the parents have some browsing time. Or weather permitting there will be a kids fairground!
• The magpies will be inviting various publications to attend and also local bloggers, which is a great opportunity for you to get your products and business out there.
The Magpies will be employing the wonderful Lucy, http://capturebylucy.com , to be taking snaps of all the action on the day. There will also be the opportunity for you as traders to purchase photography packages. We feel this is a great way to get you some amazing pictures of your stalls and products. You can then go on to use them to promote your business, use on your websites, etsy, etc. Information regarding this will be sent after your application is accepted.
There will also be a Magpie & I wrapping service on offer. All the gifts purchased by your customers can then be wrapped on site with a choice of vintage, handmade or just classic brown wrapping paper for a small fee.
If you print or illustrate your own wrapping paper, or are interested in supplying some please get in touch as we may be interested in bulk buying.
Plans for the Tent
The organisers of the Spiegeltent have the structure on Waterfront Square for four weeks. They have plans are for cabaret evenings, corporate Christmas parties, music, theater and comedy, along with 3 weekends of other markets. The Spiegeltent was very popular last year and became well known very quickly! The council is very behind the project again and the whole event will be well advertised throughout the city and the southwest. The Spiegletent also employ a PR company who will also be publicising the Magpie Market.
Magpies & I will also do our own advertising, flyerng posters and social networking.
£55 - 6ft x 3ft - The table stall is ideal for small item sellers such as jewellery and homewares. You will be allocated space large enough for a 6ft x 2ft trestle table & a chair. This stall is not for anyone wishing to bring a rail or additional tables. No electric - !!FULL FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY!!
£65 – 6ft x 6ft This stall is perfect for clothes sellers. Please note if you are using 6ft rails this is as wide and deep as your stall. If you are bringing more than 2 rails you may have to pack your rails very tightly to stay within your allowance. The maximum fittings normally found in a 6ft x 6ft stall are a combination of 3 rails/tables – no electric !!FULL FOR SATURDAY!!!
£70 - Booths 9ft x tapering to 6ft at the front - A table will be supplied that fits in the space perfectly and benches around edge also usable (not removable) The Booths really are stunning and give you your stall an almost shop feel! Not suitable for rails or clothing - No electric !! FULL FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY!!!
New Structure Tent
£80 – 12ft x 6ft the largest pitch going with cover supplied. Perfect for large clothes traders and homeware sellers – electric may be available on application though a fee will apply !!FULL FOR SATURDAY!!
£ 60 – 6ft x 6ft this stall is perfect for clothes sellers. Please note if you are using 6ft rails this is as wide and deep as your stall. If you are bringing more than 2 rails you may have to pack your rails very tightly to stay within your allowance. The maximum fittings normally found in a 6ft x 6ft stall are a combination of 3 rails/tables - electric may be available on application – fee will apply !!!FULL FOR SATURDAY!!
- Due to demand! £45 - 6ft x 3ft Pitch -The table stall is ideal for small item sellers such as jewellery and homewares. You will be allocated space large enough for a 6ft x 2ft trestle table & a chair. This stall is not for anyone wishing to bring a rail or additional tables. No electric
On the Waterfront
£65 – 10ft x 10ft – Our DIY pitch. If you’re a hardy trader and want bags of space just bring your own gazebo or marquee along (which are usually 3 meters x 3 meters). You will need correct weights to protect against any winds/weather issues on the day and no structure bigger than pitch size please. You will be set up in front of the Spiegeltent along the waterfront. Electric can be made available if needed on application and at a fee PERFECT FOR FOOD TRADERS! (no on site consumption)
There is no electric for indoor stalls. Last year there was lighting issues which will be resolved for this year! Own table needed for all pitches, except booths. Please be aware that you will need to keep with in your space that you have booked…honestly you really do! (see term & conditions)
The breakdown of fee: Covers all staff for the day, pre event, admin costs and paypal fees, all advertising and design costs, parking, entertainment, DJ, other on site services not to mention the wonderful venue in an amazing waterfront location!
Terms & Conditions available at
Lastly, the following three weekends leading up to Christmas the Spiegeltent will be holding other themed markets…to include a market for Him & kids, Arts & Craft and then a large Bristol Xmas fair. I will be assisting them in the organising of these; however they will not be branded Magpie & I Markets and will differ. Details for these markets will be out in the coming weeks if you’re interested.
Hope to see you all soon for some lovely Christmas fun x