Rag Market

NEXT MARKET: April 22nd 2023

Twice a year we host a fabulous Rag Market.

‘What’s on earth is a rag market?’ we hear you cry. Well, it’s definitely not a place to sell old rags:  in fact, it’s a traditional term for a textile market.

Our bi-annual Hebden Bridge Rag Market is becoming well known amongst textile fans and crafters in Calderdale and beyond. With the continuing trend for ‘make do and mend’ and the rise in the popularity of homemade furnishings and clothing (thanks to programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee and Kirstie’s Homemade Home), there’s never been a better time to brush up on old crafting skills or learn new ones. And our Rag Market is the perfect place to find the tools and materials to get started.

Although some of our stalls are professional companies, many are crafters just like you who are having a clear-out of their stash. This means that much of the yarn and fabric on sale is vintage and you can pick up unusual items not available in the shops. There are also books, buttons, stamping equipment, decorative paper, ribbon and lace, old patterns, needles and tools and a myriad of other delights to rummage through. It’s a real treasure hunt and you never know what you might find.

The next Rag Market is in 22nd April 2023. There is also one 21st October

This year we had three venues – Hebden Bridge Town Hall,  Word of Mouth and Northlight .   There is a small entry fee of £1 which gets you into all venues and the proceeds fund our educational bursary, our WI speakers and our charity of the year. For up to date information, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

If you have a craft room that needs a declutter, stalls cost £40 for the day. If you’d like to enquire about a stall please email us. The contact details are – wiragmarket@gmail.com

Photos of previous rag markets

Every Rag Market is a little bit different – the stallholders change from market to market plus we like to add new attractions to keep things fresh – but these photos will give you a flavour of what it’s like.

The Queen of the Rag Market - our wonderful organiser, Vanessa.
The Queen of the Rag Market – our wonderful organiser, Vanessa.
Piles of colourful fabric
Unusual vintage books
More books
Yet more books
Helen - HBWI & owner of Ribbon Circus - on her yarn stall
Helen – HBWI member & owner of our local haberdashery, Ribbon Circus – on her yarn stall

Keen shoppers browse the many stalls.
Hunting for textile treasures
Unusual vintage paper for scrapbooking and collage
Unusual vintage paper for scrapbooking and collage
Buttons galore
Buttons galore
Rag Market regular, Leonne McDermott demonstrating spinning
Lucy from Lucy & The Caterpillar, shows off her vintage fabric
Lucy from local boutique, Lucy & The Caterpillar, shows off her vintage fabric


HBWI member Katie wrote a blog post about an earlier Rag Market.

Our friends at the Town Hall like hosting the Rag Market.

HebdenBridgeWeb reporting on the summer 2012 Rag Market.

A customer and her successful haul, which she turned into fantastic sewn chickens.

One of our lovely regular vendors enjoys coming to our market and the lovely Muffin Ceramics are also popular regular stallholders.

Come along

We hope we’ve enticed you to come along to our next Rag Market on Saturday 13th April 2019. It’s always a great day out and Hebden Bridge is a delightful place to visit, filled with lovely independent shops, good cafes & pubs and excellent walks.

If you’re a WI planning a group visit, do drop us a line or contact us on our Rag Market Twitter and we’ll arrange to have someone meet you and say hello.


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