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Despite snowy conditions, over 2,000 adults and children enjoyed the Scottish Maritime Museum’s third Christmas Market which took place at the weekend (Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December).

As usual, the Christmas Market was free to enter and this year visitors explored a record number of stalls and a host of goodies and gifts by 74 local crafters, artisans and small businesses.

Goods ranged from home décor, glass art, handmade bags, Christmas decorations and cards, children’s clothes and hampers to jewellery, hand crafted personalised gifts, silk scarves, soaps, candles, art, photographs and much more.

As well as the market, younger visitors met ‘Elves’, made Christmas cards and decorations and took part in Irvine CleanUp Crew’s fastest litter picker competition.

Visitors could follow a special Maritime History Tour meeting characters from Ayrshire’s shipping and trading past and sitting at the ‘Captain’s Table’ for a rum tasting.

During the weekend, visitors also had a chance to see the Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Painting with Sound – Short walks along the west coast of Scotland – for free.

A collaboration between local artist Keith Salmon and sound engineers Graham Byron and Drew Kirkland, this exhibition of ‘audio paintings’ captures the sights and sounds of Scotland’s wild landscape and runs until Sunday 21 January.

On Sunday Irvine & Dreghorn Brass Band raised the roof with festive tunes and throughout the festive weekend, visitors enjoyed delicious Fair Trade coffee and cakes served at the popular Linthouse Coffee Bar as well as goodies from the Little Bird Bakery and Donut Den.

Christopher Woodland, Commercial Manager at the Scottish Maritime Museum, says:

“We were delighted to welcome so many visitors to our popular Christmas Market.

“It was great to see everyone brave the snow and sleety conditions to come and enjoy our bigger than ever market and all our festive activities whilst supporting local artisans and businesses at the same time.

“We look forward to hosting more exciting markets in 2024.”

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