Following concern expressed by market stallholders about the tendering of the market and despite the council’s efforts to reassure them, the tender was stopped in December last year. To enable the council to consider the concerns that were raised additional consultation with stakeholders, including the stallholders, has been undertaken.
A report will be submitted to Strategy and Resources Committee on 26th June 2014 providing feedback on the consultation for the future operation of the market and asking Committee to agree the option for running the market in the future.
As part of the consultation, the council undertook a survey of district residents and also of visitors to Stroud town centre. To view the results of these surveys please view the documents below:
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:
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
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 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.
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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
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