Markets

Memorable places to buy your souvenirs are bustling, typically English Saturday markets held in a pretty town square. As red and white bunting flutters in the breeze, local vendors will be out in force selling everything from hand-made jewellery to wooden toys and organic toiletries. Take a trip to Sunday markets or flea markets, perhaps hidden under impressive railway arches, to unearth antiques and rare furniture, vintage postcards and curious items of memorabilia. Don’t forget to take a spare suitcase to carry home all your treasures.

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Sample oysters at Portsmouth Fish Market

Sample oysters at Portsmouth Fish Market

Visit Viviers Fish Market located in the picturesque Camber Dock fishing marina and try some of the freshest seafood on the south coast.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Food markets
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 Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

The first written record of a market in Norwich is in the 1086 Domesday Book - that’s quite a history of wheeling and dealing.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Historic sites and icons
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Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Celebrate Dorset’s finest seafood, with cooking demonstrations and tasting opportunities. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

Coast
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Enjoy a taste of Lincolnshire in Lincoln’s Castle Square

Enjoy a taste of Lincolnshire in Lincoln’s Castle Square

Meet local food producers, try something new and take home a taste of Lincolnshire at the Lincoln Farmers’ Market in the historic Castle Square.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Food markets
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Stay in John Betjeman’s old home

Stay in John Betjeman’s old home

If you’re planning a weekend in London why not swap the same old hotel for something with a bit more history?

Location: London

Unique Experiences
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Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Have a Teutonic shopping experience, and don't miss the Glüwein!

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Low cost
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Meet your food heroes at the Big Eat Weekend

Meet your food heroes at the Big Eat Weekend

If you’ve got a taste for Thai or a craving for cupcakes, get down to the Big Eat Weekend and get your fill of Newcastle’s best street food.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Food and Drink
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Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Meander through the covered walkways and explore all this historical market has to offer.

Location: London, Greater London

Markets
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Find something dazzling in Europe’s largest jewellery quarter

Find something dazzling in Europe’s largest jewellery quarter

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in Europe.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Shopping and fashion
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Sample some fantastic seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival

Sample some fantastic seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival

Feast upon the edible delights that swim Cornwall’s waters as local chefs cook up a treat, right before your eyes, at the Newquay Fish Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Spend the day tasting delicious local produce and meeting birds of prey at the Cheshire County Show.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

Festivals and carnivals
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A celebration of all things garlic

A celebration of all things garlic

Did you know garlic is not just useful for scaring off vampires, but can also be used to make beer and popcorn? Find out how at the Garlic Festival.

Location: Newchurch, Isle of Wight

August events
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Afflecks Manchester

Afflecks Manchester

Indie commerce in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Markets
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Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Find award-winning produce on every corner, at this rather tasty farmers’ market.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Food markets
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Discover the Lanes and North Laine

Discover the Lanes and North Laine

The Lanes were originally the centre of the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Shopping and fashion
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Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Enjoy traditional dishes, dance and dress, while learning about the country’s unique culture, at Bristol’s annual Thai Festival.

Location: Bristol

Low cost
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Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

A traditional Christmas card scene is recreated in Nottingham's Old Market Square every winter – the perfect place to get into the festival spirit.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Family
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Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Bath is fast becoming a shopper’s paradise – so join the fun and grab yourself a bargain.

Location: Bath, Somerset

World heritage sites
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Manchester's Markets

Manchester's Markets

Manchester's varied markets are buzzing with independent traders and great bargains.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Markets
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Experience underground shopping at Scarborough’s vaults market

Experience underground shopping at Scarborough’s vaults market

Under Scarborough’s streets lies a treasure trove of antique and craft stalls, where artists and jewellers sell their wares.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales

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