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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 plan ahead 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.

frome independent market dates 2020

The dates in 2020 are; 1 March, 5 April, 3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November and 6 December. It runs from 10am – 3pm. 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 delights 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.

fromE VeGAN MARKET

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 bi-monthly from 9am – 2pm. Alongside vegan food and drink, you can also buy homeware, cosmetics and clothing. Admission is free.

In 2020, you can visit this vegan market on; 1 February, 4 April, 6 June, 1 August, 3 October and 5 December.

markets in somerset – bath

Over 70 stalls can usually be found at the Bath Artisan Market. Established in 2012, this market is home to artists, designers, vintage sellers and local food producers. The emphasis is on local, ethical, and original goods. It usually takes place on the first Saturday of the month (April to December) from 10am to 4pm.

Markets in Somerset

Visit a market in Bath as well as the shops!

Markets are also held at Green Park station (next to Sainsbury’s and less than a 10 minute walk from Bath Spa railway station and the Bus station). In addition to the weekday market, there is also a Saturday Farmers’ market, a Vintage & Antiques market (on the last Sunday of the month) and a Flea market (on the first Sunday of the month).

MORE MARKETS IN SOMERSET

Barrington Producers Market – the 4th Saturday of the month in the Village Hall. 10am – 12 noon.

Bridgwater Castle Market takes place in Fore Street. Every Friday 9am – 2pm.

Castle Cary Street Market is in the Market Place on a Tuesday. 9am – 2pm.

Chard outdoor market takes place in the High Street every Saturday

Crewkerne Farmers’ Market runs on the third Saturday each month outside the Henhayes Centre

Drayton Village Market  10am – 2pm on the third Saturday of the month

Glastonbury Country Market is held at the Town Hall on a Tuesday. 9am – 12.30pm

Glastonbury Farmers’ Market is at the Market Cross on the 4th Saturday of the month. 9am – 2pm

Ilminster Town Market – in the Market House on a Thursday. 9am – 3pm.

Langport is home to several markets. The Produce Market is in the Town Square on the last Friday of the month. 10am – 2pm. The Country Market takes place in All Saints Hall every Thursday 9am – 11am. Langport Vintage Market is in the Town Square on the 2nd Saturday of the month. 10am – 4pm.

Levels Best Farmers’ Market is usually held once a month at the Old Stable Courtyard in Montacute.

Martock Farmers’ Market has around 16 stalls. It takes place on the second Saturday of the month at the Shopping Precinct 10am – 1pm

North Curry Produce Market is in the Village Hall on the first Saturday of each month. 9.30am – 11.30am

Shepton Mallet Market is every Friday from 9am – 2pm. This historic market dates back to 1318! The Sunday market takes place on the third Sunday of the month. From 10am- 3pm. February’s Sunday market (on the 17th) will coincide with the town’s annual Snowdrop Festival.

Street market is in the High Street every Thursday from 9am – 4pm

Taunton Farmers’ Market is a regular award winner. It takes place in the High Street on Thursdays. 9am – 3pm.

Wessex Country Market in Somerton takes place every Saturday. 9am – 12 noon

Wincanton Country Market is in the High Street on the first Friday of the month. 9am – 11.30am

Catch Yeovil Outdoor Market in Lower Middle Street on Tuesdays and Fridays. 9am – 3pm.

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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