We loved the farmer’s market. As expected, this was a range of produce from the local stores within a tent. There were seafood stores, places selling homemade salad dressings, authentic Scottish tablet and even curries! Some were sold out by the time we looked around an hour into the day, but many others had plenty of stuff throughout. It goes to show the popularity of certain items, and those that knew they were going to be popular so stocked up.
By the end of the day, the stalls had pretty much completely sold out. I’m not surprised either. We missed out on some lemon and black pepper fudge (it was delicious!) but we did get some gorgeous salad dressings, my husband got some tablet and my daughter got some delicious cookies.
The music was the second part that saved the day. It was a range of styles, including folk music and rock. As with any music, my daughter loved dancing away. With it being in a field, she was also able to run around without annoying people, and we could sit down without doing too much chasing around. There were a few moments where she went to sit with a group of children or tried playing football with them, but most of the time she just wanted to dance and run around—and I couldn’t blame her.
The food there was also delicious, and not overly priced. Even the drinks were reasonable, especially the alcohol! We expected it to be London Olympic prices, which were around £8 a pint, but we ended up paying normal Scottish prices! The places would have made a killing when it came to finances though because most ended up sold out and there were queues out the door.
Another part that helped save it was the story time village. This was where the puppet show was, and there were other talks throughout the day. While our daughter needed a nap, we decided to sit in on a talk about “dark tourism,” which my husband and I found really interesting—you can probably tell that our daughter didn’t and decided to sleep on my knee for the whole 40 minutes. But that was the main reason we went. There were others we would have liked to have seen later in the day, but we ended up leaving early because we were fed up with a naughty little girl not getting to do as much as she wanted—and there just wasn’t enough for her to keep her entertained.