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

For all enquiries, contact LSD Promotions Marketplace Ltd - tel: 01384 877336 or email

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council and Stratford District Council contract LSD Promotions Marketplace Ltd to provide the markets held in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre. The Councils welcome your views and comments concerning the markets; please contact them at

Market History

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.

To read more about the Friday Charter Market, as well as the Saturday and Sunday Markets - please visit the LSD Promotions website.

Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market Festival 
8, 9, 10 December, 2017

In 2017 the Town and District Councils worked in partnership with event organiser, LSD Promotions; to create a town centre based three-day Christmas Festival which will took place on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, 2017.

This new and exciting festive Victorian Christmas event with a Dickensian theme featured traditional gift & craft markets, street food stalls, vintage fun fair rides, and a plethora of street and staged entertainment supported by both amateurs and professionals. 

Keep your eyes peeled for more information of our 2018 event...