AN ARTISAN market organised for later this summer has had to change venue from one North Wales castle to another.

The Artisan Market Company was due to host the event at Bodelwyddan Castle on August 11, having held a similar market there on Easter Sunday earlier this year.

But it will now take place on the same date at Gwrych Castle in Abergele after Bodelwyddan Castle said it “received negative feedback from their guests in the hotel”.


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A statement from The Artisan Market Company read: “We are sorry to announce that Bodelwyddan Castle have decided to cancel our August 11 event.

“Obviously, this comes as a huge blow and a bit of a shock, as the March event we held there was such a tremendous day and so many of you were looking forward to the next one.

“The reason they've given is that they had some negative feedback from their guests in the hotel. Sadly, they were unhappy with the amount of people in the café and the number of children within the hotel grounds.

“We have offered solutions to overcome these issues, but unfortunately, the outcome is that they still wish to cancel.

“Whilst this is very disappointing news, we fully understand the need for Bodelwyddan Castle to protect their business and keep their clients happy, and we are grateful at being given the opportunity to put on a fantastic market there earlier this year.

“Not to be defeated, however, we are extremely excited to say that the lovely folk at Gwrych Castle are more than happy to host the market there instead.”

The market will run at Gwrych Castle from 10am until 4pm on August 11.

The market is included within general admission tickets, with limited accessible parking. 

Market stalls will be set up from people in the arts and crafts and produce industries, while there will also be live music, a “vertical dance” display, garden games including “giant chess” and bowls, and more.

About 50 stall holders are expected to set up shop at the event.

Alice Ankers, general manager of Bodelwyddan Castle, said: “We are disappointed we had to cancel The Artisan Market Company’s event and are grateful for their understanding.

 “We are pleased they have found a suitable alternative and wish them the very best for their upcoming event.”