The Pannier Market
The historic covered Pannier Market, trades on Tuesday through to Saturday, whilst Butchers’ Row and the Market Place Shops are open Monday to Saturday and is a favourite with tourists and residents alike. Built in 1884 at a cost of £4,200 to house a fish market, butchery stalls and corn exchange, the then Mayor, G W Vincent, performed the opening ceremony followed by a public dinner for almost 200 people. Now each year in early December, the Mayor gives out mince pies and mead to the populace to celebrate Bideford Town Council taking over the management of market in 1991.
You will find the Pannier Market by walking up the High Street and taking a left turn into Grenville Street. The building stands fair and square ahead of you; or you can rest your legs and take the easy route and hop on the FREE Pannier Market Shuttle Service, which runs every 20 minutes, on a Tuesday and Saturday from Victoria Park to the market from 10am.
It is called the Pannier Market after the wicker baskets, or panniers, in which farmers’ wives carried their wares and a market has been held in Bideford since the granting of the Charter of Incorporation in 1573.
Butchers’ Row is now home to an eclectic mix of artisans and gift shops where you can see artists at work including wood carving, painting and pottery. The market hall provides an insight into the variety that makes up the rich tapestry of Bideford enterprise with its friendly café and varied stalls selling everything from delicious homemade cakes, preserves, aromatherapy products, glassware and plants to old books, jewellery and beautiful photographs of the locality. And in 2016 a number of artist workshops were installed for local artisans to work from and produce for sale their wares.
(Please note that the Market Hall is open from 9am until 3pm until 31st March 2019 and then until 4pm from 1st April 2019 - for the shops in Butchers Row and Market Place please refer to their listing)
Our traders for this season include:
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