Best farmer’s markets to visit in the UK

Uplands Market, Swansea

The biggest indoor market in Wales sells a range of produce, from handmade items to locally produced meats, pies and fruit and vegetables. It also has the “Do Not Go Gentle” stage where you can hear poets, musicians and singers at the Princess Way venue.

Last Saturday of every month, uplandsmarket.com

Truro Farmers’ Market, Cornwall

The white-and-green striped stalls of Truro Farmers’ Market at Lemon Quay encapsulate Cornwall’s culinary scene. Expect bright blooms, plump fruit and vegetables, celebrated local cheeses and meat reared on Cornish pastures.

Every Wednesday and Saturday, trurofarmers.co.uk

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market, Edinburgh

The largest farmers’ market in Scotland takes place on Castle Terrace, against the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. It features more than 35 specialist producers, the majority of whom grow or rear what they sell.

Every Saturday, edinburghfarmersmarket.co.uk

Growing Communities' Farmers Market, Stoke Newington, London
Growing Communities’ Farmers Market, Stoke Newington, London

Orton Farmers’ Market, Cumbria

More than 25 local farmers, growers, producers and artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high-quality and speciality produce and crafts in Orton Market Hall. The picturesque Orton village lies at the bottom of the Howgill Fells.

Second Saturday of every month, ortonfarmers.co.uk

St George’s Market, Belfast

St George’s Market, built between 1890 and 1896, is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. The East Bridge Street site sells items from local producers, plus continental and speciality global foods. There’s also live music.

Every Saturday, belfastcity.gov.uk/tourism-venues/markets

Uplands Market, Swansea
Uplands Market, Swansea

Ripley Farmers’ Market, Surrey

More than 30 stalls sell seasonal, farmed or produced goods, as well as other items such as speciality foods, crafts and locally grown plants. All the proceeds from the market, held on Ripley Green, go towards village causes, such as mending the church clock.

Second Saturday of the month, ripleyfarmersmarket.co.uk

Otley Farmers’ Market, West Yorkshire

The market town of Otley is set amid the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and is famous as a TV location. Set on the town’s Market Place, stalls sell jams and honey preserves, fresh eggs, homemade bread, plants and herbs.

Last Sunday of the month, yorkshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk/otley-farmers-market

Stroud Fresh-n-Local Market, Gloucestershire

One of Britain’s most famous farmers’ markets, it sells an abundance of Gloucestershire specialities. Look out for traditional apple juices and a selection of mouth-watering cheeses in Cornhill Market Place.

Every Saturday, fresh-n-local.co.uk/trader/stroud

Loch Lomond Farmers Market
Loch Lomond Farmers Market

Growing Communities’ Farmers’ Market, north-east London

The UK’s only 100 per cent organic farmers’ market is held weekly at St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington, north-east London. All farmers are either organic or bio-dynamic and come from within 100 miles of Hackney. They bring in products such as greenhouse salad leaves, aubergines and peppers, organically farmed trout, lamb and chicken.

Every Saturday, growingcommunities.org/market

Loch Lomond Farmers’ Market, West Dunbartonshire

Products at this farmers’ market on the shore of Loch Lomond vary according to seasonal availability, but you can expect cheese, breads, chutneys and oils and meats on Ben Lomond Way.

Every Saturday and Sunday, lochlomondshores.com

Orton Farmers Market, Cumbria
Orton Farmers Market, Cumbria

Haverfordwest Farmers’ Market, Pembrokeshire

The River Cleddau is the backdrop for Haverfordwest Farmers’ Market, which is held along the Riverside Shopping area. During winter, it moves under the cover of the Argos tunnel.

Every Friday, pembrokeshire.gov.uk/produce/haverfordwest-farmers-market

Brick or treat at Legoland, Windsor

Get stuck in to a range of spooky activities, with the chance to meet Frankie the friendly monster, Lord Vampyre and Orange Brick. Visitors can help to create a Brick or Treat-themed Lego mosaic, build their own pumpkin or take part in the park’s costume competition.

18 Oct-2 Nov with fireworks on selected dates, from £32, legoland.co.uk

George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions.. Photo: Discover Northern Ireland
George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions.. Photo: Discover Northern Ireland

Real Ale Wobble, Wales

This non-competitive cycling event marks the start of the Mid-Wales Beer festival. The route through the Cambrian mountains, which starts at Bromsgrove Hall, is marshalled and beer tokens can be exchanged for locally brewed real ale along the route.

17 Nov, tickets £18, green-events.co.uk

Festival of Light, Longleat

This winter, Longleat will light up once again. Visitors can explore the Safari Park and Longleat House during the day and then marvel at the hundreds of illuminated displays after dark. Set against the backdrop of the house and its gardens, 30 acres of giant Chinese lanterns will tell the story of three Longleat characters – Harry, Bea and their dog Monty.

Selected dates from 9 Nov, prices vary, longleat.co.uk

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