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  A perfect harbour location for a buoyant art and
craft market
Replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind is berthed alongside Brixham’s art and craft market
Brixham’s art and craft market, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from Easter to October, is more than just a tourist attraction.
Nicola Gould visits a Devon market that has proved a launch pad for creative locals, raised money for good causes and become an integral part of community life
It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic setting for a market than the old fish market in Brixham, with artists and crafts people selling their creations on the town’s picturesque harbour, and where a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind floats nearby.
And it’s hard to believe there is another market with such a strong track record for nurturing artistic local talent and entrepreneurship, at the same time as contributing to the local community.
Brixham Art and Craft Market was established back in 2007 by the harbour side, under the canopy where local trawler and fishermen once sold their catches.
Unlike so many UK ports, the fishing industry in Brixham in south Devon has thrived and new facilities were built some years ago, which freed up the old site.
The combination of a busy fishing fleet and burgeoning tourism has stood Brixham in good stead over the years.
So the establishment of a market in this prime spot, which added to
the town’s traditional pannier market offer, must have seemed like a great proposition.
Professional photographer Chris Slack, who now manages the market for Brixham Chamber of
Commerce, had a stall on the first market and traded there for 11 years before investing in a shop.
“Initially it was more of a general market,” said Chris, who is originally from London where

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