Stroud District Council

Farmers Markets

UPDATE ON TENDER PROCESS

Farmers Market

Following concern expressed by traders about the tendering of the market, despite the council’s efforts to reassure them, we have stopped the current tender. The council is very mindful of the role that the farmers market plays in the business life of Stroud town centre. To enable the council to address the concerns which have been raised, the current tender has been stopped pending additional consultation with stakeholders including the market stallholders.

A report will be submitted to Strategy and Resources Committee on the 13 th of February setting out options, including the future tender of the market, all of which will promote its ongoing success and sustainability.

If you would to be kept updated please email: estates.admin@stroud.gov.uk

Farmers markets in the district are hugely popular and a great asset to the local economy. They are run by members of the Old Gloucestershire Farmers' Market Group, apart from Stroud which is run by "Made in Stroud". Details of all of them can be found below:

Baskets for sale at the market

Dursley Produce Market

This monthly market is held underneath the Town Hall. A good range of high quality and local produce is available from stalls staffed by local producers.  Stalls include fresh farms meats, prize winning jams and preserves, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, country cheeses, small batch baked bread, free range eggs, home baked cakes, home made fudges and sweets and plants for all seasons.  There are also occasional Art and craft stalls.  When the market is open teas, coffees and home made cakes are served in the upstairs gallery. 

Dursley is an historic market town sitting astride the Cotswold Way .  It is a popular "watering hole" for walkers and tourists alike also hosting the annual Pederson Cycle gathering in commemoration of the Danish inventor.  The town centre offers a good selection of individual shops. The picturesque Queen Anne Town Hall, an architectural gem, was recently reopened by HRH The Princess Royal.  The town is situated in a steeply wooded valley which acts as a stunning backdrop and affords visitors and residents a changing atmosphere with the passing of the season.  The Autumn colours of Stinchcombe Hill are particularly beautiful.

When: second Saturday of the month, March to December
Time: 8.30am – 1pm
Organised By: Mr and Mrs Holland
Tel: 01452 740401
Email: mandjh08@btinternet.com

Nailsworth Farmers' Market

Held on the fourth Saturday of the month ( third Saturday in December), in the Mortimer Gardens , a pedestrian only area between the A46 and Old Market, from 9 am until 1 pm. There are usually eighteen to twenty stalls, mostly locally grown and produced. Fresh vegetables, meat, sausages, cheese, cakes, jams and honey are available, often joined by other produce stalls. Some local craft stalls including stone ornaments, cards, notepads and soaps are also available.

Live music is provided at most markets, giving a festive atmosphere, once people visit they return to enjoy a market that is a little bit different. Nailsworth is well known for its range of interesting shops to explore, there is a well known delicatessen and an award winning restaurant. Parking is available near the market and good access to the market. Nailsworth Farmers' Market is funded and supported by Nailsworth Chamber of Trade.

When: fourth Saturday of the month (third Saturday in December)
Time: 9am until 1pm
Organised By: Rowland Blackwell
Tel: 01453 833043

Stroud Farmers' Market

Stroud Farmers' Market is multi-award winning and is well known as one of the biggest, busiest and most popular farmers' markets in the UK and has been featured in the Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, The Guardian Weekend, The Times and the Country Living Guide to Farmers' Markets amongst many other publications.

With up to 60 stalls each Saturday, depending on the season, around 10 organic producers selling a good range of certified organic food and drink. As well as heaps of local produce, including cooked food stalls all year, there is always a wide range of quality local crafts from traditional & contemporary makers, and the market cafe for a welcome rest.

This famous market is well worth a visit whether you are a new-comer to farmers'

markets or a well seasoned lover of fine local food and drink.

Homemade preserve Refreshments at the organic cafe

At a glance

  • Up to 60 stalls a week
  • Weekly market cafe
  • Organic burgers and free range sausages cooked on site
  • Niang's Thai snacks every week - chicken sate made with Madgett's free range chicken
  • 85 different local stallholders selling at the event throughout the year
  • Up to 10 organic producers per week
  • Seasonal growers attending for limited periods with asparagus, sunflowers, sweet corn, hop vines, Christmas trees etc.
  • Occasional woodland craft stalls and demonstrations
  • Guest stalls representing local charities and environmental groups.
  • Special events throughout the year
  • Full range of local produce available all year round

certified farmers market

Please see www.fresh-n-local.co.uk for more information

When: every Saturday
Where: Cornhill Market Place & Surrounding Streets, Stroud
Time: 9am - 2pm
Organised By: Made In Stroud
Tel: 01453 758060
Email: info@madeinstroud.org

Wotton under Edge Farmers' Market

Held in Wotton Town Hall, situated in Market Street, just off Long Street, on the first Saturday of the month (except January) from 9 am to 1 pm. The Town Hall provides a pleasant environment for inspecting the local food stalls. Lamb, chicken, pork and beef from local farms, vegetables, pies, pasties, honey, plants, cheese, cakes and home made preserves, local craft stalls, and a guest or local charity stall are arranged on two floors. Access to the upper level is easy using the lift and car parking is available in the Chipping near the Town Hall. Wotton, which is on the Cotswold Way, has an interesting range of local shops including a deli, designer wear, toy shop and much more.

When: first Saturday (except January)
Time: 9am until 1pm
Organised By: Diana Pawlowski

Further information on locally produced products can be found on our Tourism Website