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Easter for children at Essenwood Craft Market

Easter for children at Essenwood Craft Market

Essenwood Craft Market – one of the region’s pioneer arts, craft, fashion, gifts, food and collectables markets – is gearing itself up for the Easter season by offering visitors a bumper range of active things to do for the littlies, and a cosy place to enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning al-fresco brunch.

With the Easter holidays around the corner, and with families looking for things to do over the weekend, the market has consciously increased the range and selection of child friendly and family friendly activities.

“We want to ensure that the market’s focus is firmly family-friendly,” considers the market’s Cyan Brown, “We are situated in a park environment with a functioning play area which is perfect for children to run around. There are also creative projects for children to enjoy – sand-art; face-mask making; biscuit and cupcake icing; beading and crafts. To complement this, we have a shaded supervised play area for the little ones, free pony rides, and feature weekly child-focused activities – be it fire-engine rides; fair-ground attractions; face-painting and children’s games,” she said.

Over the Easter time there will be Easter egg hunts and Easter themed participative events.

The market, which was established in 1993, takes place every Saturday morning from 9am until 2pm under the trees a stone’s throw away from Musgrave Centre.

The stalls offer a range of gift options: books; music; jewellery; decor items; clothing; accessories; plants; fresh flowers; health and beauty products; edible treats; original artwork; crafted goods and children’s wear and accessories. The market offers more than a hundred different specialist stalls.

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Historically, one of the attractions of Essenwood is the tea garden. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely meal in the shade of the enormous trees in the park alongside the children’s play area.  There is a selection of at least a dozen brunch, tea-time and lunch options: Indonesian stir-fry; pancakes; trademark avocado open-sandwiches; homemade burgers; Ameri-canteen; Durban Indian curries; boerewors and health rolls; and falafels – and of course teas; coffees; lattes; cappuccinos; cordials; iced coffees and chocolates; and home-made fresh minted lemonade.

The tea tables are serviced – the presence of waitrons mean no standing in queues – and there is subtle, dulcet background music.

Interspersed among the traders, are charity stalls to raise funds and create awareness for a myriad charities, causes and NGOs – many of them animal-centred charities.

Essenwood Market is pram and wheelchair friendly throughout and well behaved pets on a leash are welcome. Visitors parking is available in Essenwood, St Thomas, Berea Park and Sydenham Roads with car guards on site.

The Essenwood Market is on every Saturday from 9am until 2pm.

Tel: 031 208 1264 / 082 460 0625 / 082 558 6611 or email

Photos Val Adamson 


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