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Markets, Fairs and Festivals

Bury St Edmunds markets

Bury St Edmunds is one of the oldest market towns in England. It was conferred its historic status as a chartered market town and host of annual fairs in 1235 by King Henry III. Although the advent of modern transportation network and food storage technology has reduced the logistical appeal of market towns, they remain an important part of life - and shopping - for many.

Today, Bury St Edmunds hosts two weekly street markets on every Wednesday and Saturday between 8.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. along the medieval lanes of the old town, where up to 90 stalls snake through the butter market, a post office and even a Marks & Spencer. Aside from seasonal and fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry, the vendors also sell pottery, vintage clothes, mobile phone accessories, watches, jewellery and much more. The rustic charm of the market, friendly vendors and competitive prices will compel you to visit the market again and again. As an added bonus, there’s a ton of food and drinks sold that will satisfy even the most discerning palates. Hog roasts and ice-cream, anyone?

Additionally, the town also organises a monthly farmers market every second Sunday of the month along The Traverse. You can’t miss it – the smell of freshly baked bread will guide you. Also, remember to skip breakfast, because you might feel obligated to taste the homemade cakes, puddings and pies for purely selfless reasons.

Fairs and Festivals

Although the royal charter only gave the town the right to hold one Easter charter annually, we’re pretty sure no one will be offended that Bury St Edmunds actually hosts more than half a dozen amazing fairs annually, which includes: