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Morpeth Markets

Morpeth Markets

 Wednesday Market

In 2002-3, the Market Place in Morpeth was refurbished and expanded. And in 2005, the market was relocated onto the Market Place bringing it back into the heart of the town. Since 2002, the council has also run a ‘markets partnership’ bringing together council officers, traders from both the Wednesday and Morpeth received its Market Charter from King John in 1199, and so celebrated the 800th anniversary of the market in 1999.  

Up until the 1950’s, it was a major livestock market - at one stage it was the largest livestock market in the North East - and the local Morpeth dialect still has a number of words deriving from Romany reflecting this history.  

And today, the Wednesday market is bucking national trends, and is making a real contribution to Morpeth’s overall retail offer. Morpeth Charter Market is held every Wednesday from 9am till 4pm on Morpeth Market Place.There are typically twenty stalls and more through the summer, falling to a dozen after Christmas.

As well as traditional market stalls, several local producers have joined the weekly market from the monthly farmers’ market creating a special local identity. So as well as scarves, clothes, household goods, garden ornaments and a wide range of nursery plants, sweets, two wet-fish stalls and the all-important fruit & veg stall - there is also handbaked bread, pies, cakes, muffins, handmade fudge and, in season, lamb and game.  

And there’s usually a hotfood stall selling bacon sarnies, burgers with either spicy soups or a hog roast. The market is run by Northumberland County Council are further information including forms to apply for a stall are on their website.

The  Farmers Market  is held on Morpeth Market Place on the first Saturday of every month (except January) – running from 9am-3pm

Although farmers’ markets are not limited only to farmers, traders must

  • Be local – and in Morpeth, we count that as from up to 50 miles away
  • Only sell their own produce, and
  • Must be involved in the actual production of what they are selling

Morpeth Market is certified under the national FARMA scheme as abiding by these rules, and any discretionary exceptions are clearly marked.

Northumberland is a great county for rearing livestock, so there’s a lot of meat for sale on the farmers’ market including:

Organic beef, Northumberland hill lamb (in season), mutton, rare breed pork – and poultry, not only free range chicken but guinea fowl and duck too.

There’s also game in season – venison, pheasant, pigeon, rabbit – even grey squirrel - and fish and shellfish.

And fresh fruit and veg in season – the Northumberland strawberry season runs from June to September, but our asparagus season is just 3-4 weeks in May.

Then there’s bread including sour dough and rye, pastries and a wide range of cakes and pies – and of course jams, preserves, chutneys and honey.

Local Northumberland cheeses, handmade chocolates and fudge – and sometimes a local microbrewery selling their own bottled beer. And its not just food: we regularly have traders selling perennial and annual plants and herbs, and a local photographer selling his own images of Northumberland and Tyneside.  

Typically, there are over twenty producers at each market through the summer rising to perhaps thirty towards Christmas, and 12-15 in the winter months after Christmas. Farmers' markets allow local producers to sell direct to the public.  

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