The Great Barn, Manor Farm, Ruislip, HA4 7QL
Tube: Ruislip or West Ruislip
Free parking St Martin’s Approach car park
First Sun 10am-3pm (Foodies), Third Sun 10am-3pm (Artisan)
Duck Pond Markets run great food and artisan events in various locations across London with a commitment to locally, ethically and sustainably made products. Their fortnightly market in Ruislip could be considered their flagship, with up to 100 traders setting up within a quaint 13th century converted barn and courtyard. The eponymous duck pond is also just a stones throw away. West Ruislip is the last stop on the Central Line, but it’s is a charming little place and really does feel like a million miles from London, making it a great way to escape the capital without going to too much trouble.
On any market day you can expect to find a great selection of jewellery, clothing, household textiles, artwork, kid’s toys, natural cosmetics and perfume and even a used vinyl stall. One advantage of travelling this far out is that the prices are lower than more central markets with some really good deals, including natural kingsize quilts for just £95 and a great up-cycled chest of draws for just £80.
Even on the third Sunday dedicated to arts and crafts there’s a good deal of quality food and wine here with several street food stalls in the courtyard offering anything from fresh pizza to organic burgers.
The Duck Pond people make a real effort to ensure this event is a lot of fun with face painting, hair plaiting and a petting zoo for restless kids and massages for their stressed parents as well as regular live music to accompany the experience.
This feature is taken from our forthcoming book:
by Andrew Kershman