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A complete guide to markets in the Cotswolds

Discover the best markets in the Cotswolds with this guide to the region’s food, craft and street markets. Most of the major towns in the Cotswolds have their own market – whether it’s held weekly or a few times a month – where you can buy the choicest of the region’s produce.

There’s a mix of farmers’ markets with their fresh, seasonal fruit, vegetables, meat and bread from the area’s farmers, butchers and bakers. Art and craft markets showcasing the creative talents of the Cotswolds’ makers. And traditional street markets for a little bit of everything.

The complete guide to markets in the Cotswolds
Colourful market produce

Markets are a great way to support small local producers by buying direct, as well as being a chance to pick up some delicious treats and unusual gifts. We’ve included dates and locations for each market in the area – if you know of a Cotswold market that’s not listed, please get in touch!

And as well as the regular markets, there are also a whole range of different Cotswold Christmas markets to get you into the festive spirit with gifts, decorations, food and drink.

The Tuesday market in Moreton-in-Marsh
The Tuesday market in Moreton-in-Marsh

Map of Cotswold markets

Map showing the location of markets in the Cotswolds
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Weekly markets in the Cotswolds

The following towns and villages host regular markets every week. We keep this list of market days in the Cotswolds as up-to-date as possible, but do check latest details before you travel using the website or Facebook links provided as things may change, especially around Christmas.

Bradford on Avon Market

In Bradford on Avon in the far south of the Cotswolds, there’s a thriving street market on Thursday mornings on Bridge Street alongside the River Avon. Stalls feature foodie delights like freshly baked bread, meat, fish, cheese, honey and olives as well as plants and flowers. And the market’s easy to reach by public transport as it’s just a short walk from Bradford on Avon train station.

  • Opening hours: Thursdays 8am–1pm
  • Location: Bridge Street (Library) Car Park, Bradford on Avon BA15 1BY
  • Latest info: Website | Facebook
Bradford on Avon Town Bridge
Bradford on Avon

Cirencester Charter Market

Cirencester’s Charter Markets are some of the oldest in the country, mentioned as far back as the Domesday Book of 1086. The town’s two weekly markets take place against the scenic backdrop of the Church of St John the Baptist and have a range of stalls – fresh produce, cakes, homewares, crafts and plants, as well as food to take away (Burgerlish’s tasty burgers are a favourite).

  • Opening hours: Mondays 10am–3pm and Fridays 9am–3pm
  • Location: Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NW
  • Latest info: Website | Facebook
St John the Baptist church in Cirencester
The Market Place in Cirencester

Malmesbury Market

In the pretty riverside Wiltshire town of Malmesbury, their outdoor market takes place on Fridays around the historic Market Cross, which was built in the late 15th century. There’s a friendly mix of stallholders showcasing the best of the area’s local and organic produce as well as crafts and gifts – regulars include Malmesbury Honey, Krowns Cakes and Mr Grumps Charcuterie.

  • Opening hours: Fridays 9am–2pm
  • Location: Market Cross, Malmesbury SN16 9AS
  • Latest info: Website | Facebook
Malmesbury Honey products on a market stall
Malmesbury Honey (photo © Malmesbury Market)

Minchinhampton Market

At Minchinhampton, south of Stroud, there’s a regular Wednesday market in the town’s Market House. It was built in 1698 to house a wool and yarn market and then later used for sheep, cattle and horse fairs. Today you can buy food, crafts, books and plants from local traders there.

  • Opening hours: Wednesdays 8.30am–12pm
  • Location: Market House, Market Square, Minchinhampton GL6 9BW
  • Latest info: Website
Freshly baked bread at a farmers' market in the Cotswolds
Freshly baked bread

Moreton-in-Marsh Market

Moreton-in-Marsh’s weekly Tuesday market takes place thanks to a market charter given to the town by Charles I in 1638, though the current market has only been running since 1976. It’s the biggest open-air market in the Cotswolds and is a popular day trip for coach parties, with over 200 stalls along the High Street selling food and drink, clothes, homewares and collectables.

  • Opening hours: Tuesdays 9am–3pm
  • Location: High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0LE
  • Latest info: Website | Facebook
Moreton-in-Marsh Market in the Coswolds
Moreton-in-Marsh Market

Stroud Farmers’ Market

Stroud’s multi-award-winning Farmers’ Market is one of the top markets in the Cotswolds. This much-loved local favourite takes place in the streets around the Cornhill Market Place, with 50 stalls loaded with tempting treats like cheese, cured meats, bread, fruit and vegetables, as well as locally made crafts – there’s often live music too and plenty of hot and cold food to tuck into.

  • Opening hours: Saturdays 9am–2pm
  • Location: Cornhill Market Place, Stroud GL5 2HH
  • Latest info: Website | Facebook
Fresh vegetables on a market stall
Fresh produce

Stroud Shambles Market

Stroud also hosts another market on Fridays and Saturdays in the Shambles near St Laurence Church – one of the oldest and most atmospheric areas of town. The Shambles Market has indoor and outdoor sections, with food and drink alongside crafts and vintage items like jewellery, prints, handmade cards, knits, books and antiques, with plenty of interesting, unusual items.

  • Opening hours: Fridays and Saturdays 8am–2.30pm (outdoor) 8am–3pm (indoor)
  • Location: The Shambles, High Street, Stroud GL5 1AP
  • Latest info: Website | Facebook
Stroud's High Street
Stroud’s High Street

Tetbury Market

The Grade I-listed Market House in Tetbury was built in the 17th century and provides a colourful backdrop for the town’s two weekly markets. Wednesday’s market focuses on seasonal produce like vegetables, meat, fish and plants. Whereas Saturday’s is more of a mixture, with bric-a-brac, books, arts and crafts. And there are often exhibitions on the first floor of the Market House.

  • Opening hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Location: Market Place, Tetbury GL8 8DD
  • Latest info: Website
Tetbury Market House
Tetbury Market House

Weekly Cotswold market days

The following table gives you a rundown of the regular weekly markets taking place in the Cotswolds, broken down by day of the week. Where a time isn’t shown, markets usually start around 9am and finish around 2pm (though they may start packing up a bit earlier so don’t leave it too late).

MonCirencester (10am–3pm)
TueMoreton-in-Marsh (9am–3pm)
WedMinchinhampton (8.30am–12pm)
ThuBradford on Avon (8am–1pm)
FriCirencester (9am–3pm)
Malmesbury (9am–2pm)
Stroud Shambles (8am–3pm)
SatStroud Farmers’ (9am–2pm)
Stroud Shambles (8am–3pm)
The Market Square in Stow-on-the-Wold
The Market Square in Stow-on-the-Wold

Occasional Cotswolds markets

As well as the regular weekly Cotswold market days, there are also less-frequent markets taking place in other towns and villages. Many are monthly farmers’ markets where producers from the local area bring their fruit, vegetables, meat and fish to sell as well as homemade cakes, pies, jams and sweets. It’s a great way to get the freshest food direct from where it’s grown or made.

There are also a few other markets which sell arts and crafts or antiques and collectables, where you can bag a bargain or find a unique locally made gift for someone special.

Fudge on a market stall
Sweet treats

Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the most popular and picturesque villages in the Cotswolds, and on the fourth Sunday of each month there’s an extra reason to visit for the Farmers & Producers Market, taking place in the Royal British Legion Car Park (8.30am–2.30pm) | More info

At Charlbury in Oxfordshire, their quarterly farmers’ market takes place at The Playing Close on the second Saturday of March, June, September and December (9am–1pm) | More info

The word ‘chipping’ comes from a Saxon word for market, and Chipping Campden holds a market on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month (10am–5pm). The market takes place in the Town Hall between March and December, and sells crafts, gifts and cakes | More info

The Market Hall in Chipping Campden
The Market Hall in Chipping Campden

Cheltenham has a series of regular monthly markets on the town’s busy Promenade. There’s a farmers’ market on the second and last Friday of the month (9am–2pm). And a craft market on the third Saturday of the month (9am–5pm) for gifts and handmade goods | More info

In Chipping Norton, their farmers’ market takes place in the Market Place on the third Saturday of each month (8.30am–1.30pm) and features local and seasonal produce | More info

As well as the weekly Charter Markets, Cirencester also hosts an arts and crafts market on the first Saturday of the month (9am–5pm) and a farmers’ market on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month (9am–2.30pm) in the Market Place. There are also occasional twilight markets in summer, and speciality events including vegan and vintage markets in the Corn Hall | More info

Fruit and veg stall at a market
Fruit and veg stall

Nailsworth holds a regular street market on the fourth Saturday of the month in Mortimer Gardens behind the bus station (9am–2.30pm). Its 30 plus stalls include local honey, homemade jam, cakes, soap and freshly cut flowers, and there’s often live music | More info

Stow-on-the-Wold’s farmers’ market is run by the same people as the popular Stroud market, and takes place on the second Thursday of the month year-round (9am–1pm). There’s also an extra market on the last Thursday of the month between April and September | More info

Stow-on-the-Wold Farmers' Market
Stow’s Farmers’ Market

At Winchcombe Country Markets, you can pick up baked goods, preserves, home-grown produce and plants in the Guide Hall on the second Saturday of the month (9am–12pm) | More info

Witney northwest of Oxford also holds a monthly farmers’ market, which takes place on the fourth Friday of the month (8.30am–1.30pm). The town’s Market Square is filled with local producers including breweries, bakeries, beekeepers, farmers and cheesemakers | More info

And finally, the last of our monthly farmers’ markets in the Cotswolds takes place in Woodstock, close to Blenheim Palace. It’s run by the same organisers as the Witney and Charlbury markets, and takes place on the first and third Saturday of the month (8.30am–1pm) | More info

Cheese for sale on a market stall
Delicious cheeses

Monthly Cotswolds markets by day of the week

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4
FriCheltenham Cheltenham
SatCirencester Craft
Chipping Campden3
Cheltenham Craft
Chipping Norton
SunChipping CampdenBourton-on-the-Water
  1. April to September only ↩︎
  2. March, June, September and December only ↩︎
  3. March to December only ↩︎
  4. March to December only ↩︎
Cake stall at a street market
Cake stall

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