Your Market Guide
YOUR MARKET GUIDE
With only one sleep to go, it’s time to plan your trip to Handmade this weekend. You already know that there will be over 270 stalls of the finest Australian design and produce, all under one roof at EPIC. You already know that we have a whole hall devoted to food and drink. With so many options you won’t go hungry or thirsty, whatever your taste. And you already know that Handmade is the place to find the perfect gift, piece for your wardrobe, present for the kids and items for your home. Everything you need to know is on our Shop at the Market page, from our full directory of traders (all with stall numbers and a floorplan so you can find them easily) to the map of EPIC and directions. However, here is an overview of the basics.
ACCESS & PARKING
Canberra’s Light Rail is a great way to arrive at EPIC. The EPIC and Racecourse stop is a short walk from the market. For timetables and exact locations of the stops, visit the Transport Canberra website HERE.
The roads are fairly clear of roadworks around EPIC. You can access it from all sides. There are three entry points – one from Flemington Road, one from Stirling Road (by the McDonalds) and the other from Old Well Station Road. You can find a map link HERE.
The car park on the opposite side of Flemington Road has reopened so it’s a great place to park. If you want to park within EPIC, follow the instructions of the parking attendants, who will be waiting to help you. It’s then a short walk to our three halls – the Budawang Building, Conference Centre and Coorong Pavilion. We know it’s going to be busy so the EPIC team has laid on as many helpers as possible, but your patience would be much appreciated. Of course, there is disabled parking at the front of the Pavilions. And parking is FREE.
Once you have arrived and parked, you’ll want to see what’s going on, so here is a list of things we think you might need to know to help make your market experience easy.
The market is open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. If you would like to arrive in the morning, there will be coffee and snacks available in our gourmet food hall from 9.50am. This way, you can start the day with your caffeine fix before shopping begins at 10.
Most of our designers and producers have eftpos facilities to take payment. However, there are smaller emerging designers that may not, so we recommend you bring along some cash. There are three ATMs in the two halls, so you won’t be caught short.
Where do we start? Coffee, cold drinks, snacks, meals and sweet treats are all available in our gourmet food hall, the Coorong Pavilion, along with wine and other drinks. There is also coffee stall and some delicious sweet treats on offer in the Budawang Building. We hope we’ve catered for all tastes and dietary requirements, so please enjoy taking your pick.
If you have come to visit particular designers, or maybe you are on a strict time limit, there is a list/map of stalls between the halls. Or seek out our friendly Handmade staff at the reception desk. For a full directory listing by category, including stall locations, check out the DIRECTORY on the website. And you can pick up one of our useful market guides at the door or from reception with a handy list and map. You can also find a listing and some beautiful images in our online HANDMADE MAGAZINE, or to find out more about our amazing designers and producers, head to our BLOG for articles and interviews.
There are several toilets in each hall, with baby changing and a breastfeeding room available in the corridor adjacent to the Coorong Pavilion. Please ask at reception (between the halls) if you’re lost.
Entry to the Handmade Market is free. We do ask however, that you give a gold coin donation to our chosen charity as you walk in. The lovely volunteers from Givit will be our door greeters this weekend. GIVIT matches public generosity with genuine need. GIVIT works to alleviate poverty by ensuring every charity has the items needed for the people they support. Thank you for supporting this great cause.
Inside the market, we have a collection point for Lids for Kids, a wonderful organisation that is turning plastic bottle tops into prosthetics for children. Bring along your collected bottle tops and you will be making a difference.
And there is also a wonderful cake stall run by Bake for Babies in support of The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation. Their annual fundraising campaign supports the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Canberra’s Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. All funds raised from this campaign will go towards the purchase of a state-of-the-art ventilator. This will help sick and premature newborn babies breathe on their own and recover quicker. The cake stall will be packed with delicious creations baked by professionals so your purchase will be good for your taste buds as well as the Foundation. Thank you.
Don’t forget to BYO to the September market. Our coffee vendors are always happy to put your brew into a keep cup, so have yours ready to go. We also have two water fillings stations, so you can have fresh water in your own bottles to save buying single-use plastic bottles. And to carry all that shopping, have your own shoppings bags at the ready. Don’t worry if you forget, as coffee mugs, keep cups, bags and bottles are on sale throughout the market – there are some beautiful stalls to choose from. Head to our directory to find them. And you can pick up a special Handmade bag to show off your purchases and reuse again and again. On sale at reception.
We hope you have a wonderful visit to Handmade, thank you for supporting Australian designers and wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend. Please share your experience at Handmade, using our hashtag #handmadecbr – we’d love to see your purchases!