Markets in Harrogate & District
This fertile district has always had a strong agricultural economy coupled with a rich creative tradition. In rural areas of times gone by, markets were crucial for bringing together customers and local producers of great food, drink, crafts and other goods.
Enjoying a renaissance, these vibrant markets are still popular today. Why not visit one of our markets and remind yourself that in this busy world where too often shopping involves the click of a mouse – that it can still be fun!
We are lucky enough to have three towns in the district which continue the tradition of market day – and they couldn’t be busier.
Visitors and locals alike throng the stalls – some with a keen eye for a bargain, some enjoy the thrill of bartering with the stallholders for a bargain whilst others know that the early bird catches the worm and there is nowhere to buy fresher flowers, fruit and veg – at the very best prices!
Take a tip from the locals and look out for the stalls with a crowd around them – there’s sure to be something special on offer.
Historic Ripon’s market meets every Thursday in the splendid square overlooked by a 300 year old obelisk – why not visit Ripon Cathedral afterwards? A little further up Lower Wensleydale lies Masham, whose elegant Georgian square hosts a market granted by charter in 1250 – still continuing to this day every Wednesday and Saturday.
A little further south, Knaresborough’s market meets every Wednesday in a pretty square just a stone’s throw from the medieval Castle and river cliff from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Nidd River Gorge.
Why not visit our markets and make a day out of it?
There is also an active and growing Farmers Market community in the Harrogate District – a must for all foodies, providing a golden opportunity to bring together people with a passion for food.
Talk cheese with farmers who have lovingly produced delicious, unpasteurized cheese from their own herds, discuss the merits of single origin cocoa beans in fine chocolates or the sourdough starter in artisan breads baked at 5:00 am that morning.
Knaresborough, Harrogate and Ripon all hold monthly Farmers Markets where you will find the very best fresh and organic produce sourced as locally as possible.
Browse stalls offering plants, herbs, bread, jams, honey, preserves, cakes, biscuits, pies, chocolates and gifts made by craftsmen.
Perfect for finding something delicious to take home as a souvenir of your visit, if you can resist the temptation long enough!
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Ripon Market takes place every thursday in the city's beautiful marketplace, with stalls opening from about 9am through to 4pm.
The market features fruit and vegetable stalls, cheeses, sweets, baking products, fresh fish, pet products, clothing, fresh flowers, plants and much more.
Masham's market square is the centre of the town, and the Market offers a vibrant selection of local produce and retail bargains. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday.
Every Wednesday is Market Day in Knaresborough, in fact there’s been a Market every week in the Square since 1310.
Here you’ll find the true taste of Yorkshire with a vast selection of locally grown fresh seasonal produce , Yorkshire meat , fresh fish from the coast , an array of local Cheeses...