Sketts is extremely proud to be a Farmers Market pioneer and we continue to work closely with farmers and local authorities to ensure our ‘Farmers Markets’ remain authentic and true to their original ethos. Our farmers and producers have risen to the challenge – they offer customers their expert knowledge of the produce, how it’s grown, how it is best cooked and even recipes are on hand. Our producers offer friendly service and care deeply about quality, freshness, animal welfare and the local community. Come along to Solihull Farmers Market on the 1st Friday of every month and put the fun back into food shopping!

The North of England Horticultural Society is a leading gardening charity set up more than 100 years ago to support and promote horticulture across the north.

The society organises and runs the twice yearly Harrogate Flower Shows, widely regarded as the biggest and most prestigious independent shows in the gardening year.
The Spring Show, which takes place in April was rated Britain’s best gardening event by Which? Gardening , with its sister Autumn Show ranking third in the country. In addition to welcoming around 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries, the shows feature the work of both established and up-and-coming garden designers and landscapers. The introduction of a new community category for Show Gardens has added further opportunities for amateur gardening groups to showcase their work to nearly 100,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors each year.
Both the Spring and Autumn events host a range of ‘shows within a show’ enabling dozens of specialist gardening groups to hold their annual shows, promote their work and recruit new members, free of charge. From dahlias to daffodils and bees to bonsai, the specialist societies have become an integral part of our events, including the National Vegetable Society and the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.
Profits from the Harrogate Flower Shows are handed back to the to enable the charity to continue its important work in promoting horticulture. In 2012 the society launched a new grants programme to provide funding for community projects in the North of England. More than 70 groups have since benefited from grants, adding to the range of financial support already provided for gardening organisations, such as the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s ‘Young Horticulturalist of the Year’ Competition.


The annual Birmingham Chilli Festival will be returning to Brindleyplace on Saturday 16th September.  Now in it’s 7th year it will feature a schedule of live music and street performances alongside the popular chilli-inspired food market.
Open from 11.00am – 6.00pm, the festival will feature a range of stalls offering a selection of chilli inspired food, drinks & gifts either for you to enjoy on the day or take home for your family & friends, courtesy of our market provider, Sketts.
Unfortunately 2016 saw the last of the popular “Birmingham Chilli Challenge” and due to circumstances beyond our control it has been decided NOT TO CONTINUE THE “CHILLI CHALLENGE” AT FUTURE CHILLI FESTIVALS AT BRINDLEYPLACE.
If you wish to see the Birmingham Chilli King & Queen (Lou Witterick and King Parminder) battle it out in 2017 they will be battling it out at the Warwick Chilli Festival on the 9th July 2017 at 15:00 in Warwick Market Square.