Markets in Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the premier tourist destinations in the country and the town’s markets play an important role in promoting the town as a tourist attraction.
Traditional retail market offering a variety of goods and food - every Friday from 9am to 4pm
Thriving antique market alongside a traditional retail market offering a variety of goods and food - every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9am to 5pm
Farmers market - every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm
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Following the suppression of the Guild of the Holy Cross, King Edward VI granted a charter of incorporation to Stratford-upon-Avon on 28 June 1553. The charter conferred on the inhabitants a borough constitution comprising the right to hold, and collect tolls from, a weekly Thursday market and two annual fairs.
At that time, most country dwellers wishing to exchange their farm produce for items they could not make for themselves depended almost entirely on towns within a radius of five miles or so. As a result, places like Stratford-upon-Avon had fairs and a weekly market because it was particularly well-placed to serve as a market centre, due to the important crossing of the River Avon where several routes converged.
In 1819 under the authorisation of George III the Charter Market was changed to a Friday, the reason for the change was to avoid competition with markets in other nearby towns.
A vibrant and busy market still thrives in Stratford-upon-Avon today. The traditional Charter market is held in Rother Market every Friday with upward of forty traders, and on Saturdays the market place plays host to two quite different markets, a general antiques and craft market and currently one of the most renowned and popular Farmer’s Market in Warwickshire, which are held on alternative Saturdays