Stirchley Community Market gives the local community, and commuters on their way home from work, an opportunity to find out what Stirchley has to offer. The market is entirely run by local residents on an unpaid voluntary basis, we have a shared aim of making Stirchley a better place to be.
The market takes place on the 1st Tuesday of the month, 4-8pm at Stirchley Baths. It’s on for 10 months of the year – we hibernate in January and February.
The current market committee is: Meg Roberts, Olivia Smith Nicholls, Zoe Maddock, Grace Nikobari, and Head Market Steward Phil Banting.
We have help from stallholders on the day too; setting up, and putting away the market stalls.
Past committee members: Kerry Leslie (2011-2018), Katharine Wade, Jordan Isherwood, Rachel Carter, Arlene and Kitty, Kathy Hopkin, Laura Creaven, Anne-Marie Vassiliadis, Nicola Mills, Harry Starling, Co-founders: Tom Cahill-Jones, Christopher Swann , Roxie Collins, Genevieve Pearson, Tom Baker, Matthew Powell, Felipe Molina, Nancy Langfeldt.
Why on a Tuesday?
Because we are all volunteers. Because we don’t want to give up our weekends. Because we want to offer something a little different. Because we aren’t your stereotypical farmers’ market. Because it makes it affordable for stallholders. Because why not!
There is step-free access via a wide ramp, accessed by the Stirchley Baths car park. There is also a disabled toilet near the main hall, also step-free. We have plenty of seating inside the main hall.
Stirchley Baths detail their access here: http://stirchleybaths.org/access/
If you have any accessibility needs / queries not covered by us or on their website please get in touch with us and we’ll be able to find out the relevant information and will be happy to help.
How it started
The vibrant community market in the city suburb of Stirchley began with an exciting partnership between Birmingham City Council’s Town Centre Partnerships, local arts group Stirchley Happenings, South Birmingham Food Co-op and local cookery school and community bakery Loaf. Stirchley Community Market launched on Tuesday the 27th July 2010 with it’s first market selling wholefoods, bread, hot curry, hot pizza, artisan preserves, cupcakes, local fruit and vegetables, and local arts and crafts. The market joined local stalwarts such as the multi-award winning Moseley Farmers Market, Leverton & Halls organic cafe and Birmingham’s first organic butcher Rossiters in Bournville, in helping Birmingham’s grassroots scene punch it’s own weight with the likes of Manchester, Bristol and London.
I was really impressed with the lovely atmosphere and variety of stalls at the last market. It was fantastic to be able to pick up everyday items like bread (okay, hot cross buns) and vegetables, as well as some treats. I hate it when you go to markets and it’s more about looking at the pretty things but not really buying anything…Stirchley Market was entirely the opposite and I ended up buying more than I meant to! And the things I bought were just wonderful quality.The vibe in the hall was friendly, welcoming and a lovely buzz. Had I planned a little better, I’d have stayed for dinner but I took the veg home and made a cracking dinner of turkey meatballs in a vegetable ladened sauce.
Laura Creaven, Full to the Brum blog.
The Market turns 9!
In July 2019 we celebrated the 9th birthday of the market. A lot has changed over the years since the Market began, but there are some things that we always enjoy: welcoming our wonderful stallholders and visitors; bringing people together; working alongside a superb team of volunteers and contributing to the thriving Stirchley community! Thank you to everyone who came to the July market and helped us celebrate in delicious style with a fantastic cake thanks to Jenny of Patty Cakes.
Want to get involved and help out with the market? Find out about volunteer opportunities on the Volunteer Callout page.
Photos by Phil Banting.