The Cotswolds are home to some wonderful markets that are great fun to mooch around and pick up some goodies. A lot are focused on farming produce and selling local fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and so on, so if you are a foodie you’ll love these. Markets are usually really sociable occasions where people meet, shop, eat and drink and are really friendly and fun.
These are some of the best markets that the Cotswolds has on offer.
Stroud Farmers Market
When: Every Saturday 9 am – 2 pm
Where: Cornhill Market and surrounding streets
One of the best markets in the Cotswolds is located in Stroud. It is definitely the biggest and busiest and has won several big awards. This farmers market has every kind of local produce that you could imagine, lots of great food stalls to eat your lunch at and since the area itself is pretty bohemian you’ll find plentiful offers for the vegans and vegetarians amongst you. Aside from the food stalls, there are lots of gorgeous jewelry stands, arts and craft stalls, clothing, and music, the list is endless. You could definitely spend a couple of hours mooching around this fabulous market.
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Where: Centre of town
Tetbury is a beautiful Cotswold town with magnificent architecture and a fabulous market. Stallholders gather in the centre of town to sell their goods which include arts and crafts, gifts, produce, and much more. The market weaves in and out of the town’s Market House building and customers will find all sorts of seasonal delights. Between June and September, the first Wednesday market of the month is much more arts and crafts based while all other markets have more of a farmers market feel.
When: 2nd and last Friday of every month 9 am – 2 pm
Where: The Promenade
During the second and last Friday of every month, the beautiful promenade in Cheltenham becomes lined with more than 30 stalls which include farmers’ produce, gorgeous gifts from local businesses, arts, and crafts, food stalls, and more. There is a lovely atmosphere around the markets with people mooching and browsing, especially on a sunny day.
When: 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month 830am – 130pm
Where: Market Place
This market is definitely for the foodies amongst you. Expect an abundance of seasonal fruit and veg, meats, cheeses, bread, and cakes. There are loads of local producers showcasing their products at the Cirencester market including Over Farm in Gloucester, Corinium Ales, Hobbs House Bakery, and many more. If this make doesn’t get your taste buds tingling then I don’t know what will!
When: 4th Saturday of every month 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Mortimer Gardens
This is a lovely, varied market that has all of the foodie draws of a normal farmers market; homegrown produce, locally reared meats, beautiful cheeses, jams, chutneys, and cakes. Alongside the food products though you’ll find some fabulous gift-type stalls selling an array of products from handmade cards, ornaments, soaps, and more. There is often live music around the market which makes for a great atmosphere and a lovely morning out.