Fakenham truly is a ‘Market Town’. The weekly Thursday market (Charter Market) is very popular and brings the town to life. As much a social occasion as a shopping destination, the market spreads across the whole town. The monthly Saturday morning Farmers’ Market is concentrated in the Market Place, with the Makers’ Market taking place in the Parish Church.
Fakenham Thursday Market
Fakenham has been a market town for a long time – it was originally granted its Market Charter in 1250, when the stalls probably occupied space around the Parish Church of St.Peter & St.Paul, an imposing building which still provides the focal point of the town.
Fakenham’s modern-day Thursday market is still situated very close to its original position at the centre of things, but has expanded considerably over time. The stalls now extend over two sites, operating around the town square near the Corn Exchange and also continuing in the large car park towards Cattlemarket Street.
Fakenham Market has a large number of traders offering a wide range of goods including clothing, foods, fruit & vegetables, plants and household supplies. A vast number of people in the region travel into town and ‘make a day of it’, as they’ve done for many years. The centre becomes a very lively social centre where people catch up with local news and see familiar faces – especially in nice weather!
The market also provides a backdrop for the extremely popular Thursday auctions held at the James Beck saleroom, which start at 11am. Another attraction is a privately run Flea market, which adds to the diversity and interest on offer.
The series of 2018 articles below by Dawn Wakefield, featuring the many and varied stalls to be found on Fakenham’s Thursday market, will also be appearing month by month in The Fakenham Sun newspaper.
Fakenham Farmers’ Market
Normally held on the fourth Saturday of every month (NB. not always the last Saturday), Fakenham Farmers Market has proved to be a popular event for thousands of shoppers who are looking for locally grown, organic and farm-fresh produce.
Situated in the Market Square, the Farmers Market runs from 8.30am to 12 noon and usually has a variety of stalls offering a range of produce, seasonal variations and quality goods.
Fakenham Makers Market
Fakenham Makers Market is held at Fakenham Parish Church and is run and managed by Debbie and Keith Osborn. Debbie is a local artist and maker who runs Debbie Osborn Art Studio and Keith is a local professional photographer.
Fakenham Makers Market is entirely devoted to arts and crafts handmade by the stallholders. The market runs once a month from March to December, on dates whic have been specifically chosen to coincide as much as possible with Fakenham Farmers Market.
Refreshments are served at each market with all proceeds going to Fakenham Parish Church. Fakenham Makers Market supports Fakenham Barnardo’s Helpers Group. The group has a regular free stall at the market selling handmade items with all proceeds going to Barnardo’s.
The articles below are published by kind permission of Fakenham Makers Market.
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