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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Embrace the pop-up dining trend at Trinity Kitchen

Embrace the pop-up dining trend at Trinity Kitchen

Take your pick from a mix of vibrant restaurants and street food vans all under one roof.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Food markets
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Sample Melton's local produce at rural markets

Sample Melton's local produce at rural markets

Discover the market town of Melton Mowbray, close to the Vale of Belvoir, which translated means ‘beautiful view’.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Food markets
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Enjoy a boutique shopping break in Bath

Enjoy a boutique shopping break in Bath

Bath has a huge number of independent and luxury shops packed into a walkable area, making it a pleasurable place to shop.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Shopping and fashion
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Tavistock Farmers' Market

Tavistock Farmers' Market

Food is serious business in Tavistock: on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, the central Bedford Square jumps into life.

Location: Tavistock, Devon

Low cost
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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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Afflecks Manchester

Afflecks Manchester

Indie commerce in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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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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 foodie break in the forest

A foodie break in the forest

Get a taste of the New Forest where locally produced and caught food takes pride of place on the menu.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Eating out
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Pick up a bargain at Camden's Stables Market

Pick up a bargain at Camden's Stables Market

Visit the Stables Market in Camden and pick up affordable vintage fashion, cheap street food and quirky souvenirs – all without breaking the bank.

Location: Camden, Greater London

Shopping and fashion
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Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Fine food, local brews and idyllic seaside make the perfect ingredients for a tasty weekend away.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Coastal towns
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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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Sample local treats at Bents Garden and Home

Sample local treats at Bents Garden and Home

Spend an afternoon sampling delicious local treats, tour the beautiful gardens and try a workshop. Everything you need for beautiful living.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

Food markets
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Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Celebrate the Cornish fishing community’s hard work and delicious produce at the Newlyn Fish Festival.

Location: Newlyn, Cornwall

Coast
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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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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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Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Take one historic town, combine it with its food culture, mix in local chefs and producers and you get the Ludlow Food Festival.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Food markets
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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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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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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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