Rural Market Towns
Visit the rural market towns of Dorset and enjoy the historic buildings, beautiful countryside and wonderful local produce.
Dorchester – Every Wednesday
Known as “Hardy Country” Dorchester is the county town of Dorset. It is set in the landscape that novelist Thomas Hardy used time and again as a backdrop for his tales of love and tragedy. Dorchester market was founded in 1860 by Thomas Ensor and is now a large indoor and outdoor undercover market with a superb range of products. Dorchester Market is one of Dorset’s biggest and best markets!
Poundbury – The 1st Saturday of the month
Poundbury is on the western edge of Dorchester on Duchy land. It is unique and was designed by the Prince of Wales who outlined his pioneering ideas in his 1989 book, ‘A Vision of Britain’. The Farmers’ Market takes place in Queen Mother’s Square, overlooked by Maiden Castle Iron Age Hillfort. Here there is a wide variety of superb local produce for you to choose from.
Bridport – Every Wednesday and Saturday
Bridport is a charming, pretty town with lots of antique shops. In addition to the weekly markets a Vintage and Antique market takes place on the last Sunday of the month from March – October. The weekly markets take place all year round in Bridport’s three main streets. Offering a wide variety of goods from many long established traders it is a real treat.
Sherborne – Every Thursday and Saturday
One of the most beautiful towns in England, Sherborne has an abundance of fine Medieval and Georgian buildings. They are built from the eye catching honey coloured Hamstone, quarried at Ham Hill, Somerset. This Dorset gem has a reputation for art and antiques. A magnificent Abbey, two castles and unique shopping makes a visit to Sherborne a cultural must. The Pannier Market takes place on The Parade in Sherborne. Shopping is perfect in this centre of town market.
Weymouth – Every Thursday
The world was introduced to the Olympic Georgian grandeur of Weymouth during the 2012 games. The golden sands and safe shallow waters are the perfect place to enjoy a day by the seaside. Follow this with supper at the buzzing, waterfront harbour to complete your day out. This bustling town market is set in The Swannery Car Park and offers everything from clothes to fresh produce and much, much more.
Portland – Every Tuesday
Rugged, relaxed and famous for its National Sailing Academy, Portland offers many activities, including rock climbing, abseiling, diving and kayaking. Our Heritage coastline is perfect for the sporty. Portland Market has been running for over 30 years and is a large market. With stalls ranging from hats and clothes to jams and preserves there is something for everyone. This busy market runs from May to September.