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.
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.
Rother Street Markets - Friday and Saturday
A vibrant and busy markets still thrive in Stratford-upon-Avon today. The traditional Charter market is held in Rother Street every Friday with upward of forty traders, offers a range of International street food, appetising, comforting and mouth-wateringly tempting! Fresh produce stalls laden with a healthy mix of local vegetables, fruit, cheese, olives, bread, coffee, cakes and patisseries. All lovingly presented alongside a selection of clothing, hats & scarves, silver jewellery, leather handbags, accessories, art, beautiful flowers and fabulous gifts. Make Friday a shopping a pleasure and kick start the weekend. These stall holders can be found 52 weeks a year offering friendly and personal service.
Every Saturday the Rother Street Urban Mix market gives you a range of stalls that include local makers, street food, cool junk, vintage and rare finds, handcrafted, jewellery and design pieces, new staff, old stuff, bog standard essentials and great quirky gifts. Local producers adding their own healthy twist to the urban mix and on-trend range of artisan food stalls. Wise buys to suit all tastes and styles every Saturday.
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 (Marketplace) Ltd on 01384 877336 or contact their Market Manager on 07736 777244.
Stratford District Council and Stratford-upon-Avon Town 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 us at email@example.com
Every Sunday and re-opens Easter Sunday 1st April, also open Bank Holiday Monday 2nd April and then every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday up until Christmas. Stratford-upon-Avon's premier Sunday market, with its Navy and Cream in vogue colour scheme and a wide range of top quality products, delicious street food and occasional street entertainers and characters to delight the children. Stroll and browse along a backdrop of the river Avon, enjoy a treasure trove of expert vendors, local makers, crafters and artists with something for everyone.
Love Your Local Market
Stratford-upon-Avon Charter Market is one of over 667 markets throughout the UK that participate in the prestigious "Love Your Local Market" fortnight in May of each year. The campaign is led by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) and is 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.
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 who 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 visit http://www.stratfordmarkets.co.uk