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Sunday 28 April – it’s Plunge Festival across the Clarence Valley and once again we are delighted to host the Plunge Art Market in April. It’s a great opportunity to discover the work of local artists and to pick up original art at market prices.

Live music in April comes from Foggy Duo. Emerging from the haze of Grafton, well-seasoned musicians Craig Freeman & Danny Loyden will bring their Celtic, Bluegrass & Gypsy Jazz vibes to sunny Yamba, via mandolin, tin whistle & guitar.

Broadcasting the live music and providing commentary on the well-spring of community cohesion that is Yamba River Markets, our friends at Yamba’s community radio station TLC 100.3fm, will be on site at our April market. Feel free to say hello – you might end up being interviewed on live radio – and don’t hesitate to show your support for the station by signing up as an individual patron: just $20 a year contributes to keeping the radio on air.

If that isn’t enough action for one Sunday (and especially if you’d enjoy a break from the kids before they go back to school) then consider enrolling them in the circus for a day. That’s right, Join the Circus in a Day is the brainchild of Circus in Education and for a subsidized cost of $30 per child, your darlings can act up like pirates do all day long at Raymond Laurie Sport Centres, ending in a public performance around 4pm. This one-off workshop begins at 9am on Sunday 28th April, is part of PLUNGE festival and has been part funded by Live Prawn Productions, the not-for-profit organisation that manages Yamba River Markets and a Community Initiatives grant from Clarence Valley Council. Read all the details and book here. Limited spaces, filling fast!



Enter the Eco Era

We’re delighted to be entering a new ‘era’ in our management of waste at the markets. It’s no secret we have struggled to manage our green (compostable organics) and yellow (recyclables) bins – it’s hard to know what items belong in which bin. Many of our stallholders supply entirely compostable packaging serving materials and cutlery…however there are some tricky items that might appear compostable, but actually go in the yellow bin. Likewise there are items that appear recyclable but which sadly, have to go in the red bins, destined for landfill. How to navigate this issue while running a market that attracts between 2,000 – 3,000 visitors?

Enter our friends at the Eco Era. Not only do they run a stall offering viable and sustainable alternatives to everyday items that are usually designed for single use and destined for landfill, they are assembling a team of volunteers to manage our bins. During the market, they sort rubbish between the bins while talking with visitors and stallholders about which items are suitable for each bin.

The result is a massive reduction in the waste going to landfill and a large increase in the waste directed for recycling and composting.

Other initiatives being rolled out include a mug library, operating from the Eco Era stall (adjacent to the market Info Tent), whereby for a gold coin donation, you can borrow a mug in which to drink your morning coffee. Not only do you get to drink your coffee in a real mug, you’re saving on those tricky single use coffee cups & lids, most of which cannot be composted in the Clarence (even if it says ‘biocup’ on the packaging) and benefiting a local charity with your donation. You even don’t have to wash your mug – simply return it dirty to the Eco Era stall!

Volunteer at the markets

Volunteers at the markets enjoy giving something back to their community…and the free coffee and camaraderie ain’t bad either! Interested? Get in touch…

Perform at the markets

Are you a musician or band interested in playing under our big shade cloth? Musos that connect with our crowd can sell a decent amount of merch. Get in touch…

A message for dog owners

Ford Park – home to the markets each month – is a dog friendly place, albeit with exclusion zones applicable at certain times.

Specifically, dogs are not permitted within 10m of food preparation and serving areas.

So when bringing your pooch to the markets, which you’re very welcome to do, we ask you to please be considerate and observe the rules.

Keep your dog on the lead and clear of the food stalls and dining area under the large shade cloth.