The Cotswolds has always been famous for its award-winning local produce, whether that being its renowned meat and cheeses or its beautifully crafted artisan delights and there aren’t many better places to sample them than at one of the area’s charming local markets.
Nearly all of the Cotswold’s idyllic towns and villages host a market of some sort, with each one offering up its own unique assortment of indulgent stalls run by local farmers, butchers and artists. These markets are also incredibly beneficial to local communities as they directly support the smaller, independent businesses that are being threatened by the rise of supermarkets and online shopping. So, whether you're after some beautiful handcrafted furniture or a freshly baked sourdough loaf, be sure not to miss these superb Cotswold markets.
Check out the many fabulous farm shops in the Cotswolds too, for even more locally sourced produce and treats during your visit or time your stay with the festive season and hit the charming Christmas markets that pepper the area.
Moreton in Marsh Market
With up to 250 stalls selling everything from handmade jewellery to fresh locally sourced fruit and vegetables, the Moreton-In-Marsh market is by far the biggest in the Cotswolds. Taking place without fault every Tuesday, there is a great hustle and bustle about the Moreton in Marsh market, which completely takes over the gorgeous high street that runs through the centre of the town.
Stroud Farmers Market
This farmers market has been voted the Best UK Farmers Market twice, in 2008 and 2013, and boasts a wonderful array of local produce. Running every Saturday from 9am until 2pm, the Stroud Farmers Market is great for food lovers looking to sample some of the area’s best-kept secrets with local bakeries, butchers and delis selling fresh produce throughout the day.
Cirencester Charter Market
If you are a fan of the wonderful sense of tradition that a local market brings then the Cirencester Charter Market is a must-visit, with its origins dating all the way back to the 11th century. Once you arrive at the market square, you’ll be greeted by a delightful collection of stalls selling plants, outdoor furniture, baked goods and much more. The market takes place twice a week on Mondays and Fridays and is located right next to the magnificent St John Baptist Church.
Taking place underneath the town’s beautiful Grade I listed market house, Tetbury’s weekly Saturday market is an absolute delight. The incredible building was built in the 17th century for the sale of wool and still houses markets to this day. Food stalls occupy the space every Wednesday while craft markets and art exhibitions can often be found upstairs on the wonderfully restored first floor.
Chipping Campden Christmas Market
When the nights are getting longer and the temperature starts to drop, there's nothing quite like a Christmas market to ignite your festive spirit and the picturesque market town of Chipping Camden has one of the best in the area. The delightful town hall and market square are transformed into a magnificent winter wonderland with festive food, gift stalls and gorgeous Christmas lights adorning the town while the little ones can also look forward to meeting Father Christmas in his cosy grotto located in the town hall.
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