The Council provides all retail markets for the town. This includes the Powis Hall indoor market open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday found near the Bailey Head, adjacent to the Guildhall.
Indoor Market - Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Outdoor Market - Wednesday and Saturday
Artisan Market - Last Friday of each month
Markets have been a major part of the trading and historical importance of Oswestry and have existed for many centuries. The first known Charter was granted during the reign of Henry II when the Town was known as Whiteminster. In 1262 a Charter was granted by John FitzAlan, Lord of the Manor To our Burgesses of our village of Oswaldestree.
The Powis Hall Indoor Market Hall was originally maintained by the Lord of the Manor, and was the Town Hall or Guildhall until premises adjacent were built in 1782. From this date until 1960 the building was used as a corn exchange, then as a butter and cheese market, and during the Second World War for emergency storage and for auxiliary fire service purposes. The hall was reconstructed in 1963 to its present design and is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year.
Oswestry Markets boasts specialist retailers from cake supplies, sewing repairs, home brew, welsh goods and party wares among a host of other things? If you like collectables and antiques we have four great shops to rummage through at your leisure and when you feel like you need refreshing we have an excellent cafe and coffee bar. We also have a fantastic quality butcher and fishmonger and an excellent new delicatessen which sells a huge variety of cheeses.
The Wednesday and Saturday outdoor markets still create a wide ranging balance of traders with hustle and bustle, colour and excitement to interest visitors and shoppers alike and we boast an excellent Farmers' Market held on the last Friday of every month which sells the best in local produce such as pies and pastries, meat and fish all at the highest quality. Also look out for our exciting market events which we are also extremely proud of. These can be found on our website www.oswestrymarket.co.uk where you can also follow us on Facebook and twitter.
Rodney Stokes, who has traded on the Artisan Market for 20 years selling his handmade pies, was awarded this month's Trader Of The Month. Rodney is one of the original traders of the previously called Farmers' Market since it was first introduced many moons ago and has provided a high quality produce and fantastic customer service ever since. Well done Rodney!
Congratulations goes to Teresa Jones from the Sugar Craft Unit for being Trader Of The Month. Teresa especially deserves this accolade for all her hard work over the years but for also recently adding the new Haberdashery element to her business.
Jamie Ward has been trading on Oswestry Market for over 20 years and was one of the original founders of the Farmers' Market as it was called then. Jamie often tells how trading at Oswestry Market was a pivotal moment for him as at the time his business was struggling. Having a market stall gave him the opportunity to grow his supply network to the point where he now has three outlets and has just opened a new butches in Chirk. This is the reason why he can no longer commit to attending the Artisan Market any more although he is reluctant to do so. He has been a great role model to outdoor trading and we wish him the best of luck with his new venture.
There is a great pride, tradition and passion about Oswestry and Oswestry Town Council celebrates this in their day to day role within the town. As a council, Oswestry believes that by supporting many of the community activities and attractions throughout the year, the vibrancy of the town will be enhanced and visitors and locals alike will enjoy being in Oswestry and will want to return. Year on year the Council's efforts are recognised, winning Council of the Year in 2017 and also supporting Oswestry in Bloom to become the Best Small Town Category for the national Heart Of England competition.
The markets are an inherent part of Oswestry's identity. The traditional weekly street markets continue and often include speciality themes - why not visit the bustling monthly Artisan Market or our Autumn Apple Day. The indoor market, open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, is a lively place and offers an eclectic mix of traditional and unusual speciality stalls.
Oswestry is fast becoming known for the events that are happening all year and the council supports many of them. The first Hot Air Balloon Carnival took off in 2018 and is set to return in August 2019. In July, the town streets host the free and tasty Food and Drink Festival and December wouldn't be so special without Christmas Live when Oswestry's streets are transformed into a festival of fairground rides, foodie feasts, live music all topped off with a firework finale. Something quite different but equally enjoyable is the Youth Music Festival in February. It attracts almost1000 young musicians and the finale concert features the very best of these and is free.
As a council we are especially proud of award winning Cae Glas Park. Walk through the memorial gates, past the stunning summer flowers and the recently installed statue of war poet, Wilfred Owen into the park where you can find traditional games such as bowling, tennis and crazy golf and a children's play area. The Victorian bandstand is the focus of free music events throughout the summer.
Oswestry Visitor & Exhibition Centre is a landmark building in the town; built in 1407 it was the second oldest grammar school in the country. The building is now a magnet for visitors looking for information and to see its arts and craft exhibitions and sales. Visit the Town Museum too, housed in the impressive Guildhall, it celebrates Oswestry and its people.
Come along and support Oswestry's Charity Market where you can find out what activities there are running in Oswestry. The Market will take place on the Bailey Head on Friday 8th June. This popular event supports local charities and community groups in helping them promote their services and recruit new volunteers so they can continue the important work that they do.
Local people can attend this free event and find out what local activities and community groups operate locally. There will also be the opportunity to discuss volunteering and browse the varied number of roles there are on offer. We will be joined on the day by Oswestry Men in Sheds, The Foodbank, The MS Society, Shropshire Hearing and Sight Loss Group and many more! During the event the charities and community groups will be offering advice and guidance about their services and there will also be goods on sale to help them fundraise.
Qube's BBO Volunteering Officer, Kim Thompson-Lawrence who has organised the Charity Market said: "We're expecting a busy day, the event is always well attended. People are keen to come along and give their support and there's always the chance of a bargain to be had! Local charities really benefit from the exposure and we're grateful to Oswestry Town Council for helping us stage the event each year."
The Oswestry Charity Market runs twice a year with the second marking booked for Friday 7th September.