AFFA Fine Open Air Market

UPDATEWe are delighted to announce that AFFA Fine Open Air Market will be returning on a monthly basis from June 2022, under new ownership and management by the Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan! We are so grateful to the team at Etiom for this kind donation, which means that all ongoing proceeds from the market will now be distributed amongst many worthy local, national and international charitable organisations. We would love to see everyone back at the market, which, subject to licence approval, will continue to be held on the first Sunday of each month, between 10am and 2pm.

The dates of the 2022 markets are:-

  • Sunday 5 June 2022
  • Sunday 3 July 2022
  • Sunday 7 August 2022
  • Sunday 4 September 2022
  • Sunday 2 October 2022
  • Sunday 6 November 2022
  • Sunday 4 December 2022

Some great news is that we can reduce the fee for exhibiting at the market as a trader or car booters:-

Commercial pitch - £40

Car boot space - £10

You can continue to book your space online, whether you want to book at pitch for one date or all of the dates. Link is below.

We would be delighted to welcome your continued support. You can still book online, and here is the link to that:-

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/affafinemarket/690738

We hope that you will continue to support the market, and if you have any queries, please e-mail the AFFA Fine Open Air Market team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Meantime, please follow our facebook and Instagram channels for more regular updates!

UPDATEWe hope that you are all having a lovely start to 2022!

We have had quite a number of enquiries over the past few weeks about the 2022 dates for AFFA Fine Open Air Market. Thank you heaps for all the interest. We’ve been holding off providing an update until we had firm arrangements for 2022, but time is marching on, so we are doing this now!

AFFA Fine Open Air Market was first started during uncertain times in 2020 to support local independent makers, market traders and those looking to upcycle and recycle unwanted domestic items to trade their items within a safe outdoor green market space during COVID times. The market grew throughout 2021 to become a monthly fixture (weather permitting!) at Milton of Crathes Events Field. We also helped to support numerous charities throughout the North-East of Scotland raise in excess of £3,500 (thank you!). AFFA Fine was always meant to be a short-term event, and a year on, we were still operating it in December 2021. We continue to be thankful for the partnership with Leys Estate and The Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan.

We continue to see green shoots of normality returning in 2021 and into 2022, and with that, a strong return of existing and new outdoor market places opening up throughout the North-East of Scotland. We feel it is probably the right time to “pause” the market. We say “pause” the market because we are in discussions with a charity that we would like to donate the market to, with all proceeds going to their very worthy causes.

As ever, we are hugely grateful for the support of AFFA Fine Open Air Market. Thank you to everyone that came along, either as a trader or a shopper, and we hope this isn’t the end, but a pause for a re-invention!

Drumoak-based Etiom Limited, the events company behind a monthly open-air event championing local independent makers and market traders, is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Banchory-based Leys Estate Group, which opens up a number of opportunities for local charitable or community organisations to get involved and fundraise.

AFFA Fine Open Air Market, which runs on the first Sunday of each month, has operated at Crathes since November 2020 and continues to expand, including independent makers and market traders selling everything from food, drink, arts and crafts, to clothing, accessories an things for the home and garden, whilst car booters continue to champion upcycling and recycling. 

Etiom's Operations Manager, Adam Simpson comments, "Its been an incredibly tough time over the past 18 months and it continues to be a challenge for everyone to navigate the current stresses presented by the effects of the ongoing pandemic. The AFFA Fine concept was established towards the end of last year, primarily to support local makers and market traders looking to trade their produce within a safe open air market place. We trialled the concept in November and December last year, and it proved popular, both with shoppers and with the retailers. The concept continues to be popular, continuing at Milton of Crathes Events Field throughout the year. We continue to think of creative ways to adapt the market so that those in most need can benefit from the opportunity.We are excited to be working closely with Leys Estate Group to promote these opportunities." 

The new partnership between Etiom and Leys Estate Group allows the AFFA Fine Open Air Market to continue to establish its roots at Milton of Crathes, whilst opening up exciting opportunities for enhancements to the current operation, including free entry and parking, improved opening times of 10am until 2pm, and opening up limited opportunities for local charities and community associations to fundraise. 

Leys Estate Group's Communications and Marketing Manager Susanne Shepherd added, "HOLD. Local charitable and community organisations are invited to get in touch to discuss opportunities to get involved in one of the future markets. They can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..".

The Milton of Crathes cluster is already home to the Milton Art Gallery, Milton BrasserieTwinPeakes Fly Fishing  and the popular pop-up shop concept, a fashionable addition to the retail outlet centre offering a home for start-up businesses. Milton of Crathes is of course home to the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society which has just recently opened up again following enforced COVID closures.

The next AFFA Fine Open Air Market is this Sunday 5 September, open between 10am and 2pm. Entry and parking is free, with free parking accessible through the Milton of Crathes Events Field Gates off the Milton of Crathes car park.

Affa Fine Open Air market is officially one years old this month!
 
One year ago Affa Fine was started in response to the need for a safe place to trade outdoors for the many local business who though Covid lost many of their usual indoor trading spaces. AFFA Fine Open Air Market is now one of Aberdeenshire's largest regular open air retail experiences, supporting and promoting local business and those looking to re-purpose their household items!
 
We bring together local makers, market traders and car boots within a socially distanced open air market. Promoting local food and drink, arts and crafts, repurposing and upcycling, clothing and accessories, home and garden, and so much more.
 

What's a year its been! We began our journey in the Guides field in Crathes castle estate, but soon needed to expand to a larger site across the Deeside road to the larger Milton of Crathes event field. This larger field offers the market ample room to support the ongoing growth, on site toilets, a large free parking area and to join the already popular exclusive complex of independent retail, hospitality, sporting and tourism businesses already located as this idyllic Deeside setting.

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Despite best efforts to reach a compromise with the site owners at the new Aberdeen City Centre location for AFFA Fine Open Air Market, we have reached an impasse on getting access to the site again for the next market, scheduled to take place on Sunday 18 April 2021. Whilst we have approval from Aberdeen City Council and both UK and Scottish Governments to proceed, the site owners’ reluctance centres around their nervousness of hosting an open air market on one of their sites, whilst COVID restrictions remain in place.

Despite having an agreement in place since January, we have to respect their final decision. We have therefore withdrawn from the agreement as we cannot continue to cancel markets at relative short notice, which is unfair on those booked to attend, and particularly those that rely on these markets to earn much needed income during these tough times.

We continue to review alternative sites in the City Centre but nothing has been identified yet that meets the criteria that we require to safely operate an open space market and which offers convenient facilities for those less mobile or requiring local facilities. We will be contacting all those booked to attend the market to offer refunds or transferring to the next market at Milton of Crathes on the first Sunday of each month.

Whilst this is disappointing for those that prefer the City Centre location, we will continue to seek alternative City Centre sites and also focus on growing the AFFA Fine Open Air Market at Milton of Crathes, which offers ample free parking onsite, toilets, direct access off the A93, fantastic scenery and great local shopping at Milton of Crathes and Banchory.

Our next market is on Sunday 2 May 2021 and we look forward to welcoming local makers, market traders and car booters, all within a safe socially distanced open air market space. We will be promoting local food and drink, arts and crafts, repurposing and upcycling, clothing and accessories, home and garden, and so much more. As restrictions are anticipated to ease over the coming months, we are looking into additional entertainment that can enhance shoppers’ trip to enjoy the stunning Royal Deeside scenery.

We value your ongoing support as we continue to navigate these tough times as best we can. Meantime, please stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing you next month. If you have any questions for us at all, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.