The Village Green Fair

The Standard Bank Village Green Fair is host to around 300 top-quality crafters, traders, food vendors and artists. Handpicked for their fine work and dedication to their craft, most of these artists are present to talk to you, and to showcase their work.

In 2018, the market moved to a new home – the fields of Victoria Girls High School in Beaufort Street. Visitors are invited to enjoy the convivial village market atmosphere, with plenty of space as well as a many nooks and crannies to explore. The reinvigorated Village Green will have multiple smaller tents, different trading zones, a food court, performance stages, a family zone, an upmarket beer tent as well as exhibitions.

Give yourself a couple of hours (or days!) to explore the Fair: there are plenty of gorgeous handmade items, jewellery and clothes on sale as well as delicious food from a wide variety of vendors. Street artists perform throughout the day and activities such as puppet shows and clowning ensure the children have plenty to keep them happily occupied.

  • The Standard Bank Village Green Fair is open every day of the Festival from 9am to 5pm

How to pay

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Look out for the Snapscan cards at various Village Green traders to make quick and efficient payment. There are also ATM machines on the premises.

Information for stallholders

All applicants – including existing and long-standing stallholders – must fill in the online application form. New and existing applicants are required to submit a clear colour photograph of their product before 15 February.

There is a non-refundable administration fee of R200 that must be be paid when applying for a stall. Please use your name and surname as reference.

Bank details:
Standard Bank Cheque Account Grahamstown
Account name : National Arts Festival-VGF
Account number : 282 621 873
Branch code : 050 917

The Village Green Fair Selection Committee meets in March and applicants are notified in writing during April as to whether or not their applications have been successful. The Selection Committee’s decision is final. The plan and further information will then be forwarded to successful applicants, both new and existing.

This craft market is situated on the fields at Victoria Girls Primary School in Beaufort Street. A stall is an area of approximately 3mx3m inside a marquee. A 32mm steel tubing framework demarcates the stall. There are no upright or cross sections in these frames. The price of these stalls is R5 750 for the duration of the Festival. All stallholders must attend for the duration of the Festival.

Village Green trading hours are from 9am to 5pm daily. Traders are granted access from 8am to to 5.30pm only. The public is admitted between 9am and 5pm only. Outside of these times, only security staff has access to the grounds.

This market is situated on the area on the side of the Cathedral and the areas leading from Church Square to Fiddlers Green Fun Fair. Trading space may be booked in advance. No electricity is provided in the informal area (except for food stalls). There is no covering provided.  Each trader should bring their own gazebo, tables and chairs. The rules and conditions for the Informal Trading are available separately.

Stall prices

  • 3m x 3m – R2 200.00 (@ R200 per 3 metre per day x 11 days)
  • Wendy Houses – R3 000.00
  • Food stalls – R4 000.00

Your stall will be confirmed in May. All applicants must have a valid South African identity document and supply a copy of such. Full payment must accompany your application.

Food vendors are restricted to the road surface at the end of High and Hill streets. Tow hitches must be included in the size of the stall requested.

Contact us

If you need more information, contact the Village Green office on:

Tel: 046 622 7483
Fax: 086 572 7937
email: [email protected].

Revised: 22 October 2018

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