7 Most Enticing Farmers’ Markets in the Cotswolds

great memories are made from visiting local markets (Last Updated On: January 23, 2019)

Whether you want to take some foodie treats home after your holiday or eat them while you’re staying at your luxury Cotswold holiday rental, the best place to gather some regional delights is at a Cotswold farmers’ market. Here’s where to go…

Delicious, typical Farmers' Market heritage tomatoes

If you fancy some Cerney Ash, Cotswold Cream Liqueur, Tewkesbury Mustard, Yubby beer, Single Gloucester, Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages or Hobbs House Bakery Turmeric & Chilli Sourdough Loaf, here are 7 farmers’ markets where you should be able to find them, plus some Cotswold holiday cottage suggestions near each market.  (Mmmm…Is it lunchtime yet?!)

1. Bourton-on-the-Water

The Venice of the Cotswolds holds a farmers market choc-a-bloc with locally reared meat, locally caught fish, cheeses, ice-cream, seasonal fruit and veg and much more. Make your purchases then stroll around this charming town.

Luxury holiday cottages in and near Bourton-on-the-Water

Farmers markets - beautiful blue cheese

2. Cheltenham

Producers from a 30-mile radius of the Cotswolds’ major spa town sell a wide array of delicious delights including fruit and veg, cheeses, meats, bread, cakes and puddings.

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3. Chipping Norton

Head to Market Place to find local honey, baked goodies, cheeses, fruit and vegetables… in fact everything you need to rustle up a fabulously tasty meal or snack back at your holiday cottage.

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Farmers markets - radical radishes

4. Cirencester

Head to Cirencester to sample locally sourced organic and non-organic seasonal fruit, veg, meat and cheese. This is also a great place to purchase poultry, eggs and cakes too!

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5. Gloucester

Gloucester’s market takes place at The Cross where more than 20 local producers sell a good variety of local food and drink, with everything from award-winning cheeses, wines and ciders, to fresh fruit and veg from local growers.

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Cotswold farmers markets - sumptuous sourdough

6. Stow-on-the-Wold

Market Square in the gorgeous Stow is the location of this bustling Cotswold market. A great place to stock up on local specialities to wow your friends and family at your holiday rental or take home to recreate the Cotswold experience.

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7. Stroud

One of the biggest and busiest farmers’ markets in the Cotswold region, with between 45 and 60 stalls each week, selling Cotswold cheeses, chutneys and preserves, speciality butchers, cooked food stalls, ice cream and certified organic traders, depending on the season. While it has been featured by many cooking shows and major national publications, it has not lost its authenticity with all produce and crafts gathered or created within a 17-mile radius. Plenty of opportunities to sample the delicious foods from local, artisan producers before you buy.

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Farmers’ Markets: days and times

(Note: times may vary, please check with the local tourist board.)

Thursdays

Stow-on-the-Wold (2nd) 9am to 1.30pm

Fridays

Cheltenham (2nd & last) 9am to 3pm

Gloucester (1st & 3rd) 9am to 3pm

Saturdays

Chipping Norton (3rd) 8.30am to 1.30pm

Cirencester (2nd & 4th) 9am to 1pm

Stroud (every week) 9am to 2pm

Sundays

Bourton-on-the-Water (4th) 9.30am to 1pm

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