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Stratford-on-Avon District Council
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Stratford-upon-Avon Markets

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. The Thursday Christmas Market returns to Bridge Street for 4 weeks commencing on 26 November 2015, from 10 am to 8 pm - for more information please refer to the Market Calender for 2015.

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, 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. For more details please see the markets calendar, or view the Stratford-upon-Avon Market website.If you are a market trader and would like to enquire about having a stall on one of the Stratford-upon-Avon Markets then please contact LSD Promotions Ltd (on behalf of Geraud UK Ltd) on 01384 877336

Stratford District Council and Stratford upon Avon Town Council contract Geraud UK Ltd in partnership with LSD Promotions to provide the markets held in Stratford upon Avon Town Centre. The Councils welcome your views and comments concerning the markets, please contact us at info-markets@stratford-dc.gov.uk

Love Your Local Market

Stratford-upon-Avon Charter Market is one of 667 markets throughout the UK participating in the presigious "Love Your Local Market" fortnight in May of each year. The campaign is led by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) and supported by central government, public and private sector market operators and the wider market industry.

Following the success of the campaign in 2012, the "Love Your Local Market" campaign is now a permanent feature in the UK market calendar.

Market Video

The video below allows you to experience the vibrancy of the markets that are currently being held in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Waterside Upmarket

Every Sundays from Sunday 29 March through to Christmas (including bank holiday Mondays) our Stratford Upmarkets are held on Waterside.

National Market Traders Federation

The traders of Stratford upon Avon Markets have formed their own branch of the National Market Traders Federation. The federation offers protection and support to its members they also work closely with NABMA (National Association of British Market Authorities) who promote markets on the national stage and provide a wide portfolio of services for their members and in doing so look after the interests of market operators. For more information on the Stratford upon Avon traders click here

Traders Nominate Their Market Manager for Award

Kevin Potter congratulated on 2nd place National Market Manager
Kevin Potter receiving congratulations from Market Traders

Congratulations to the Stratford upon Avon Market Manager Kevin Potter who has won joint second place in the National Market Traders Federation competition for Market Manager of the Year.

Kevin was nominated for the award by the Stratford upon Avon Market traders, Mike Reilly from Bluebell Cottage Fudge said "All in all, Kevin is the perfect manager and this is the view of the majority of traders here in Stratford. He is strict but fair and always on hand, willing to help every trader who has a need. He is always prepared to go the extra mile and the atmosphere created on the markets is exceptional. The photograph below shows Kevin being presented with a bottle of champagne as congratulations from the Stratford Town Councillor Di Walden, Chairman of the Market Forum, which has representatives from both Stratford Town Council and Stratford District Council.

Well done Kevin "We always knew you were an excellent manager!"