Perth and Child
The Old Perth Road Markets
Face-painting, free vintage fire engine rides (with siren and flashing lights), pony rides, farm animals to pat and feed, live music, hand crafts, food and drink, an array of hand-made goodies for the house/pets/kids, free parking… sounding any good so far?
The Old Perth Road markets in Bassendean were an unexpectedly child-friendly and relaxing morning out. The stalls take over the spacious main street in Bassendean, which is closed to traffic, on the last Sunday morning of every month. There’s plenty of room for strollers, although baby slings seemed to be the more popular option around the market (the youngest baby we met was 3 weeks old)!
Meandering up and down the street some of the many items we saw for sale included play sand, cloth nappies, hair clips, oilve oil, curry sauces, soy candles, organic fruit, cards, gourmet doggie treats, - the variety across the stalls made it possible for my little girl and I to both find plenty to look at (and take home!). Almost everything seemed to have been made by the person on the stall and much of it was reasonably priced for small pockets (and sized for little hands, like the lavender scented wheat-filled mice in the photo above which can be heated in the microwave for a cosy snuggle at bedtime - 2 of them came home with us thanks to Nan).
One of the highlights was the free baby farm animal enclosure where 50 cents buys you a cup of feed and the immediate attention of insistent goats, lambs, a pig, rabbit, chickens, and other small furries who enjoy a brush down and a cuddle – grab a brush by the gate when you go in (and when the staff suggest that a grown-up hold the feed cup it’s probably worth listening – those little goats do like to headbutt!).
The free fire engine ride was also great fun, whizzing through the streets of Bassendean with a crew of children and mummies grinning widely with the wind in their hair and the sirens wailing up and down. And what’s not to like about a man in uniform?? Ambling through the markets on our sleepy Sunday morning was just lovely, and we’re looking forward to going back next month.
If there’s a performer in you waiting to get out, there’s a call up for people to fill the community stage on market day! And if you’re into photography, there’s a photography competition running which closes on the 1st October.