Marvellous markets

Markets in Devon

This article was written on 12 November 2019
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There’s something very rewarding about “buying local”. Recent social media memes have reminded us that every time you buy something from a small local business, someone does a ‘little jig’ because it means they can buy clothes for their children or put petrol in their car.

Farmers’ Markets:

Local farmers’ markets offer you the opportunity to achieve that warm and fuzzy feeling of buying something that’s great value, along with supporting a small, local producer.

Our nearest market is Cullompton Farmers Market. Held on the second Saturday of the month in the High Street, Cullompton, there’s plenty of great quality produce and plants on offer, along with a fantastic community atmosphere. You could combine your trip with a coffee or lunch in one of Cullompton’s High Street eateries.

Photos of produce at Axminster Country Market, used by permission.

Budleigh Salterton Farmers Market was established in 2005 to give the community the chance to buy directly from producers. Last Friday of each month, 9am -1pm. You can watch a video about the market and their range of products here.

General Markets:

Honiton Street Market is held along the wide High Street of this historic Lace Town every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the year. This market really does offer ‘all sorts’. You can find anything from hot dogs to bric-a-brac and household cleaning items. There’s plenty of easy parking nearby.

Axminster Country Market boasts stalls by local producers of craft, food, plants, vegetables, jewellery, crafts and clothing. We think it’s one of the best markets in Devon. It’s a wonderful place to pick up gifts, this market is a co operative which is based in the Masonic Hall on South Street. Their USP is that everything is home-cooked, home-grown or home-crafted. Open every Thursday 8.30 am until 12 noon. Closed: End December and early January for up to three weeks.
Find the country market – and others around the country – on their website.

Exmouth Indoor Market

Exmouth Indoor Market is a one-off in Devon. It’s situated in the heart of the lively seaside town and being indoors, it’s not subject to the weather and sells everything from local meats to handbags and CDs.

Pannier Markets:

Tiverton Pannier Market opens Monday to Saturday in Market Square, just off Fore Street, in Tiverton. With easy parking and accessibility, the modern market building sits on a plot that has hosted markets for centuries. We particularly like the fruit and veg, which, coming from local producers, is low in food miles and is always excellent quality.

Tiverton Pannier Market

A bit further afield are the two pannier markets at South Molton and Tavistock. There’s been a market in Tavistock since 1105! The Market is open daily Tuesday to Saturday between the hours of 9am to 4:30pm. It’s certainly worth the trip to explore the wonderful range of permanent and temporary stalls in this beautiful historic building. Straddling the River Tavy, Tavistock itself is a great little West Country town for a leisurely wander and good to combine with a trip to Dartmoor.

Tavistock Pannier Market

South Molton, described as the ‘Gateway to Exmoor’, hosts 70 local stallholders selling a wide range of goods. These include local produce and locally made artisans goods, bespoke artworks, antiques and collectibles, homewares and pet supplies, locally grown plants and flowers and much more.

We hope you’re able to pay a visit to one of the great markets in Devon. It makes for a really enjoyable day out from our Blackdown Hills campsite.