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Award-winning markets in Somerset

Award-winning markets in Somerset

Love the atmosphere and buzz of a market? Then you must visit one of the numerous markets in Somerset. There are lots of great Somerset markets to choose from, so a bit of planning is required if you fancy taking full advantage of these gatherings which celebrate and promote local produce, crafts and goods. I’ve highlighted a few of my favourite Somerset markets below.

MARKETS IN SOMERSET – WELLS

The Farmers’ market is held every Wednesday and Saturday in the historical market place at the top of the High Street. Wells Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace provide a magnificent backdrop to this long-established market.

markets in Somerset

The moated Bishop’s Palace

 

At Wells market there are usually over 50 stalls selling an amazing array of merchandise. The diverse mix of high quality food stalls enabled the market to win a Gold Award in the Taste of the West Hospitality & Retail Awards in 2014. The market was also judged ‘Best South West Farmers’ Market’.

Most of the stalls are up and running by 9am and some, such as Harts Natural Seafood, will be serving way before that. Well worth a visit.

markets in somerset – frome

This Somerset town has a fantastic range of shops. Many of the independent retailers can be found on St Catherine’s Hill, a narrow cobbled street with artisan shops on either side.

The town hosts a traditional Farmers’ market every Thursday at the Cheese & Gain, but even more popular is the Frome Independent, a market which takes place on the first Sunday of the month from March to December. (The dates in 2018 are; 4 March, 1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 5 August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November and 2 December.) Here you’ll find stalls containing contemporary designs, vintage fashion, drinks, furniture and other collectibles. And if you get peckish there are always some tempting culinary delighs on offer.

This Somerset market is incredibly popular, so it can pay to get here early. St. Catherine’s Hill can often get quite crowded with browsers.

There are lots of other events at the Cheese & Grain. One recent edition to the calendar which is proving very popular is the new Vegan Market. This takes place on the first Saturday of the month. Doors open at 9am.

markets in somerset – bath

Over 70 stalls can usually be found at the Bath Artisan Market. Established in 2012, this market takes place on the last Sunday of the month. The emphasis is on local, ethical, and original goods. There is also the Bath Brunch Market which is held at Green Park station on the second Sunday of the month. Here, you get the added bonus of free parking (something of a luxury in Bath!).

So come and shop ’til you drop at one of the fabulous markets in Somerset. (And if you need somewhere to rest up after all that shopping I know just the place…)

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