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My favourite day of the week in Uppingham (my nearest town) is Friday, because that is market day. There is nothing quite like a small market town on this day, when the whole local community pours in for its weekly helping of fresh food shopping, browsing stalls and – very important this – a good old gossip! The bus will be full (for a change), the car parks bursting at the seams, the coffee shops buzzing – and ‘mind your back’ on the pavements, because some of our older residents will be racing their mobility scooters to be first in the queue for the fresh fish van!

A summary of Rutland Markets, plus details for Stamford as our honorary Rutland town.

OAKHAM – Oakham has two market days each week, on WEDNESDAY and on SATURDAY. They’re held in the historic Market Place at the heart of the town, around the stone-flagged mostly-pedestrianised space that includes the ancient Buttercross and Town Pump.

Additionally, a FARMERS MARKET is held in Oakham on the 3rd SATURDAY of each month, on Gaol Street.  Expect to find local beef virtually straight from the farm; venison; gourmet sausages and charcuterie; lincolnshire poacher, stilton and other local cheeses, pickles and preserves, eggs, jams, jellies and local honey.

Nortons on Uppingham Market Square

Nortons on Uppingham Market Square

STAMFORD – Stamford’s main market day is on FRIDAY, when the pedestrianised High Streeet is lined with stalls, with overflow on Broad Street – its generous width and Georgian beauty enhanced by the traditional activity.  Stalls do change, but you’ll certainly find fresh vegetables, cheese, fish, plus flowers and plants, things for pets, clothes and other general stuff. You’ll also find two or three stalls on the cobbles in Red Lion Square.

On ALTERNATE FRIDAYS, the usual stalls are swelled by the FARMERS MARKET when you’ll also find small, local producers selling speciality foods and produce, from Lincolnshire sausages and charcuterie to pickles and preserves, cheeses, crafts and other artisan products.

A small general market on the High Street only is held on SATURDAY.

UPPINGHAM – Friday is the day for Uppingham’s weekly market. Uppingham has a distinct Market Square, which is the pretty heart of the town, bordered by a hotel, a pub, two coffee shops, the Post Office, a chemist, a hairdresser/beauty shop, a hardware shop, a Chinese take-away, book shop and interiors shop. So basically, on market day you have almost all you can possibly need within 100 yards! During the rest of the week, Uppingham’s Market Square acts as a car park, but from before dawn on Fridays it is entirely given over to the market.

Expect to find fresh veg, cheese, bread and cakes, eggs, fish, flowers and plants. Plus pet food and things, a fantastic hat/gloves/scarves stall plus locally-produced meat and sometimes also freshly-cooked crepes and other eat-now-or-take-home food. There’s no longer a separate FARMERS MARKET in Uppingham, but quite a few local producers join the Friday market on a regular basis, sometimes setting up stalls in Mercer’s Yard, the alleyway that runs off the north side of the Market Square.

If you have news about any of Rutland’s Markets, or spot an error that needs correcting, please do let me know.

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