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NATURALLY NORTH COAST & GLENS BLOG

Updates, News & Interesting Snippets about our Artisan Markets in Northern Ireland

Thank you 2022


As 2022 comes to a close as quickly as it arrived we would like to thank everyone for their support this year and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year.


This year we celebrated our 10 year anniversary, what a fantastic year it has been.

The market was started in Ballycastle back in 2012 by volunteers from the Ballycastle Chamber of Commerce and in 2015 developed into the social enterprise it is now - Naturally North Coast and Glens CIC.



In 2022 38 Markets were hosted in Ballycastle, Cushendall, Cushendun, Portstewart, Ballymoney, Limavady, Glenarm Castle, Carrickfergus, Broughshane, Benone, Bushmills and Castlerock.


We hosted markets at some fantastic events including: St Patricks Day at Broughshane, The Great Outdoors Event at Benone, The Ballymoney Spring Fair, The Glenarm Castle Tulip Festival and Camp Dal Fest, The Big Arts Weekend in Cushendun, The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival, The Heart of the Glens Festival, The Old Lammas Fair, The Siege of Carrick, The Salmon & Whiskey Festival, The Flowerfield Twilight Market, The Ballymoney Lights Switch on, the Castlerock Christmas Market, along with a number of independent markets in Ballycastle, Ballymoney and The Roe Valley Speciality Market in Limavady.


This was made possible by our fantastic dedicated team of staff; Richard, Eoin, Pete, Linda, Jamie, Nigel, Gerard, Conor, Oisin and Conleth, our volunteers, members, our traders, everyone that visits or promotes the markets, everyone that provided behind the scenes support and advice, with a mention to the various departments and teams within Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for their continued support, and those organisations that hosted a NNCG Market at their event or that we worked with throughout the year including Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Glenarm Castle, Mc Auley Multimedia, Heart of the Glens Festival Committee, Team at Castlerock Golf Club, FuseFM Ballymoney, Cushendun Building Preservation Trust, Bushmills Trust and Bushmills Traders Association, Taste Causeway, Ballycastle Chamber of Commerce, Ballycastle Community Development Group, and many others. Thanks also to the Rank Foundation and to Social Enterprise NI for their support.


Our Achievements in 2022 included:

  • Winner in the Social Enterprise NI awards, for the Best Consumer Facing Social Enterprise 2022.

  • We became the First JAM Card Friendly Market in NI, helping make markets inclusive for everyone.

  • Awarded the Real Deal Charter.

  • Rank Foundation Golden Award, in their 50 years of giving awards.

  • Devils Churn Caramel Sauce (Campfire Salted) won GOLD at the Blas na hEaireann Irish Food Awards

  • Helped bring Princess Taisie to Life with the new Ballycastle Mascot

  • We also launched our fresh new brand look!


We hosted 167 small businesses throughout the year in various venues and at various events, and accommodated 1300 trading pitches in total and supported 70 small businesses through the delivery of the Artisan Market Online and Seasons of the Glens Farm Shop.

Thanks to everyone that supported our markets and traders this year, small businesses need your support now more than ever.

Please continue to support small independent businesses and shop local where you can.

A Massive congratulations to our traders who won an award in our 2022 Awards! Best Presented Stall at the Ballymoney Spring Fair: Creative Crafting NI Best Presented Stall at the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival: Louise Concannon Designs Best Presented Stall at the Old Lammas Fair: Taisie Turning Most Promising New Trader 2022: Gavin of the Little Popcorn Shop Spirit of Naturally North Coast & Glens: Linda of Linda's Original

And thanks to Richard of Rjp turning for the fantastic handcrafted trophies.



A little shout out to all of the makers, producers, farmers, growers, artists, designers and creatives from throughout NI that traded at our markets this year:

  • Á Mcg 27 Crafts

  • Aloha Beads By Alex

  • Alpine Ayita Illustrations

  • Amazin Grazin

  • Amira Paints

  • Annie's Delights

  • Aromanation Wax Co

  • Art By Pete

  • Artisan Glass

  • Bad Tempered Baker

  • Bake'n Joy

  • Baketopia

  • Ballycastle Rocks

  • Ballylather

  • Ballyriff Buffalo Catering

  • Ballyriff Buffalo

  • Barnaby’s Happy Healthy Pets

  • Bathe Botanicals

  • Belfast Bathing Co

  • Ben Madigan Honey

  • Bernard Wood Work

  • Bey & Bo

  • Big Ted's American Cookies

  • Blackfire Artisan Food

  • Bling By Amanda

  • Bluebell Handmade Jewellery

  • Born & Raised Waffles

  • Brege Stanley Art

  • Broughgammon Farm

  • Building Me

  • Button Home

  • Cafe Elysium

  • Causeway Coast Air Imagery

  • Causeway Coast Foodie Tours

  • Causeway Coffee

  • Causeway Cookie Company

  • Celtic Irish Art

  • Ch Pottery

  • Chestnutts Farm

  • Christopher F Dobbs Farm Produce

  • Community Fridge Ballycastle

  • Community Rescue Moyle

  • Conor Edgell Print

  • Corndale Farm

  • Cottage Garden Plants

  • Crann + Caora

  • Crawfords Rock Seaweed Company

  • Creative Crafting Ni

  • Deirdre Kinney Glass Art

  • Devils Churn

  • Dilemma Crafts

  • Dolci Delizie Ni

  • Driftwood Turner

  • Dundarave Estate

  • Emer Dixon Jewellery

  • Eoin Mc Connell Photography

  • Facepainting By The Sea

  • Faerie Freckles

  • Figment Ceramics

  • Fiona Herbst Jewellery

  • Fiona Shannon Ceramics

  • Freedom Cosmetics

  • Glass 4 Class

  • Gold And Browne's

  • Granny Shaws Fudge Factory

  • Green Fingers Family

  • Hand Printed Irish Linen By Lucy Turner

  • Holistic Paws

  • Hugable Bears

  • Irish Black Butter

  • Irishanna Crafts

  • Irishmanlost

  • Island Prints Ireland

  • Iuilin Designs

  • Jnj Candles & Melts

  • John Mc Claughry Artist

  • K-D Crafts

  • Kennedy Bacon

  • Kilted Krafts

  • Knitty Land

  • La Tia Juana's

  • Laura Boyd Ceramics

  • Laura Mcilveen Photography

  • Leo & Lyn Candles

  • Lindas Original

  • Little Creative Crochet

  • Little Popcorn Shop

  • Little Salty Seahorse

  • Little Woolly Sheep

  • Louisa Kelly Artist

  • Louise Concannon Designs

  • Mc Goldricks Home Bakery

  • Meadowpark Beading

  • Moneyvart Ceramics

  • Mooncraft Bows

  • Mr Ds Peckish Pony

  • Mrs B Crafts

  • Mrs Mc Ferrans Festive Fruit Cordial

  • Mussenden Sea Salt

  • Mythical Moonstone

  • Nc Designs

  • Neruja Sri

  • Nice Pops

  • Nitro Coffee Co

  • Nitted Things

  • North Coast Adventures

  • North Coast Smokehouse

  • Notorious Pizza Co.

  • Oakland Crafts

  • Papas Mineral Company

  • Paula Mc Intyre

  • Pen & Think

  • Pie In The Sky

  • Plaque Shack

  • Plumpy Balms

  • Prem Epice (Flavour Of Love)

  • Pretty Krafty Paws

  • Pyrocrafts By Shauna

  • Red Buckets Resin

  • Renu Design Studio

  • River Pearl Jewellery

  • Rjp Turning

  • Robins Jewel Company

  • Ruby's Deco

  • Scenic Woodcraft

  • Scorched Earth

  • Seafork Alpaca

  • Seaside Books

  • Seasons Of The Glens Farm Shop

  • Seaview Farms

  • Shoreline Studio Ni

  • Simple Home Holism

  • Skye Springer Skye's Waggy Tales

  • So & Sew Crafts

  • Só Soy

  • Stitched Stuff

  • Symphonia Spirits

  • Taisie Turning

  • Tapitas

  • Tartine At Distillers Arms

  • The Lamb Van

  • The Lightning Shack

  • The Mermaids Jewellery Box

  • The Morelli Pod

  • The Natural Root

  • The Oyster Catcher

  • The Salty Herb

  • The Snowdrop Workshop

  • The Soap Shack Ni

  • The Wee Wooden Company

  • Tom & Ollie

  • Tonys Griddle Goods

  • Tully Farm Shop

  • Tutortoo

  • Two Goats Soap

  • U. Fitz Art

  • Ulster Wildlife

  • Waymaker Child Therapy Cic

  • Wb Woodcraft

  • Wee Leaf

  • Wee Maisie’s

  • Wick & Fern

  • Wild Shore

  • Wilde & Willow

  • Winnifreds Wreaths

  • Wooden It Be Nice

  • You Rock

Check out the map to see the spread of where our traders come from.


Thank You - We will see you in 2023!



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