East Anglia’s Best Markets

Markets have been an important part of life for centuries. If you want to support local business and take a sustainable approach to your weekly food shop, grab your tote and head out to one of the regions’ best markets.

There’s a huge choice; farmers markets, street food, vintage and antiques. With this in mind we’ve picked 10 great local markets worth a visit…

Cambridge General Market

Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

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Set under colourful canopies, the historic market has been trading on the square since the middle ages. Discover food from far flung corners of the world; Greek wraps, paella, Belgium waffles and north African sausages to name a few! There’s strong coffee and

and fresh juices for a wake-up call! To make the most of the food offerings book yourself onto a Cambridge Food Tour. There’s also a good mix of clothing, accessories, homewares, crafts, plants and more.

St Ives Farmers Market

Held at The Sheepmarket on the first and third Saturday of every month from 8.30am to 2pm

Don’t underestimate the size of this market, it might be small, but the produce is fantastic. Browse a range of artisan food from a range of local producers. A visit to the flower stall is a must; it’s seasonal blooms are long lasting and fresh!

Saffron Walden Market

Market Square. Tuesday and Saturday, 8am-4.30pm

Tuesday’s is more traditional mainly aimed at locals but on Saturday the buzzing market has a cosmopolitan edge, selling local produce, antiques, flowers, crafts and more. Buy a bottle of wine and a tasty loaf and sit down at a barrel at the fishmonger stall where you can share seafood platters! 

North Weald Market

North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald Bassett, Epping CM16 6HR. Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday, 8am-4pm (3pm winter)

Spread across an air field, the market is one of the biggest in the country with over 100 regular traders. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Norwich Market

Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich, open Monday to Saturday

The coloured roofs of this outdoor market are iconic. Full of character and charm, it’s great for a wander. Browse a large selection of goods from local tradesmen and craftsmen. Make sure you go hungry and it’s a foodie heaven with everything from meat, fish, cheese, sweets and veggie and vegan offerings.

Fakenham Market

Town square and in the large car park towards Cattlemarket Street, every Thursday, 9am-3pm

One of the oldest markets in Norfolk, stalls have been trading here since 1250. Today it’s a weekly hub for locals serving up fresh food, clothing and plants. Browse the stalls, stop for a coffee and continue the day by attending an auction at the James Beck saleroom.

Lavenham Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall. Fourth Sunday of every month, 10am-1.30pm

The charming historic Suffolk town hosts a busy monthly farmers market serving up some of the counties bets produce. There’s a country vibe and community spirit. Pack your bag with veg, meats, dairy, local foods and freshly cut flowers. There’s also a family-friendly farmers’ café serving dishes using produce direct from the traders.

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Bury St Edmunds Market

Buttermarket and Cornhill. Every Wednesday and Saturday

This bustling market town makes for a great day out. Wander the Abbey Gardens, cobbled streets before heading to the thriving market. You’ll find the usual food offerings, plus quality fashions, pottery and arts. In addition there’s a farmers’ market held on The Traverse on the second Sunday of every month. Don’t miss the annual food festival and Christmas market.

Hertford Retail Market

Salisbury Square, Maidenhead St, Railway St and Bircherley Green. Every Saturday

Regular traders fill the town with stalls offering fruit and veg, breads, cheese, plants and more. On the second Saturday every month, there’s a famers’ market selling local produce. Combine your trip with brunch at one of the many cafes or restaurants.

Bedford Markets

Harpur Square

You’ll be spoilt for choice in Bedford, there’s a market for everyone! Stop by the Charter Market (Wednesdays and Saturdays), Home and Garden Market (Friday), Farmers’ Market (fourth Thursday of the month) and Handmade Market (Second Saturday of the month from March to December). A fairly new and popular addition is the Bedford Vegan Market. Held once month, pop along and try global foods and shop ethical products.

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