Market matters. The tool stall near Starbucks.
Geoff Hunt has been selling tools, hardware, garden and houseware on Bury St Edmunds market for 30 years..
Not only is the provision market in Bury St Edmunds one of the most successful traditional street markets in the country today, it also has one of the longest and most colourful histories. It dates back to before the days of William the Conqueror. At various times the market has been split into several sections, including provisions, a corn market, a livestock market and a fish market.
The provision market occurs on Wednesdays and Saturdays and has grown to where it now has over 80 stalls with 1600 feet of stall frontages on a Saturday and only slightly less on Wednesdays. The market has stalls along the Buttermarket and Cornhill and is one of the best provision markets in East Anglia.
Stalls include fruit and vegetables, clothes, hardware, fabric, pet foods, flowers, seafood, shoes and other speciality goods. The town is at it's busiest on market days with coaches from all over East Anglia arriving particularly during the summer months.
This is also when the town looks it's best with the award winning Abbey Gardens looking magnificent and daily guided walks available.
Saturday 19th April
A Taste of Bury Market
Come along and sample the tastes and smells of Bury Market. This event will see food producers on the market showcasing their products with free food tasting and live demonstrations. Lot’s of fun for all the family including an Easter Egg hunt and competitions for children with a special appearance from the Easter Bunny! Saturday 24th May
Saturday 24th May
Bury St Edmunds will be supporting this National Event by giving new businesses and budding entrepreneurs a chance to run their own market stall for a day. The winning stall will be given a chance to trade on the market for 3 months free of charge. An information stall will be available giving advice about how to trade at the market and experts from different organisations will be on hand giving out information on grants, start up loans and training. Supported by MENTA. During the day there will be lots of activities and special offers including free bags, recipe cards and children’s entertainment.
Saturday 28th June
Making Markets Matter
is devised and promoted by the National Market Trader Federation. This event will delight the shopping public and appeal to children. Designed to promote the originality and uniqueness of markets, activities will include ‘Play Your Cards Right’ where all winners will receive a voucher to be exchanged for a choice of prizes, free face painting, free eco bags and a special visit by ‘Victor the Lion’. Local musicians will be busking around the market giving a real buzz around the town centre.
Saturday 13th September
Street Food Festival
As part of the excellent Food & Drink Festival the market will be hosting it’s own ‘Street Food Festival’ A chance to sample the growing number of vendors who are preparing and selling quality restaurant style food at market prices. Food will include gourmet burgers, savoury pancakes, locally made ice cream and a selection of dishes from around the world. Entertainment will be provided by local youngsters and include street dance, music and art.
Saturday 18th October
National Apple Day
This national event marks the end of the harvest and is a celebration of this humble fruit. Come along to the market learn how to juice apples and make cider, taste the different varieties available and how to cook the perfect apple pie. Children can take part in apple peeling competitions, storytelling and a special ‘apple and spoon’ race. Traditional folk music and Morris dancing will provide entertainment throughout the day.
A Map and Stallholder list (PDF) can be downloaded here