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? We even have an artist who paints local scenes! 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.
Apple Day held on the 15th October proved to be extremely popular. This annual event has grown in recent years following its introduction in 2012. The event was first introduced to promote the work achieved at the Community Orchard on Gobowen Road following their extensive planting of various apple trees. This year saw good crop with many varieties on sale. On the day there were a number of apple related stalls but the highlight was the Morris Dancing display by Clerical Error who performed on the Bailey Head which drew quite a crowd.
Heritage Open Days
The Deputy Town Mayor Councillor Vince Hunt presented the awards at the Heritage Bake Off as part of the National Heritage Open Days. On the Bailey Head there were traditional crafts and traditional live music helping to create a great atmosphere at the market.
The Guildhall was open to the public throughout the weekend allowing visitors to see the old Oswestry Advertizers and information on the Cemetery Project.
On the Castle Mound itself an archaeological dig took place where some important findings were found.
The Oswestry Town Mayor welcomed all the local charities to the Bailey Head on Friday for the annual Charity Market held in conjunction with the Qube.
The market provides the opportunity to raise important funds and the profile of these worthy causes.
Oswestry Town Council are teaming up with Savior Fayre to hold the annual two day food event within the streets of Oswestry. The Continental Market will bring a selection of stalls selling fresh pastries, olives, cheese, meats and crafts etc. They will be visiting the town on the 2nd and 3rd of September.
Oswestry Artisan Market
Good to see large crowds in Oswestry today for the Artisan Market. Some great stalls and produce, crafts etc.
This is the second market in the street as part of our trial to create footfall in the town and attract new traders. Is it working? Tell us your views.
Oswestry Food and Drink Festival
The Mayor officially opened the Oswestry Food and Drink Festival on Saturday. Well done to the organisers who celebrated its 10th year.
Oswestry Town Council received this great story and picture today. Pictured on the right is Mr Allen Edwards grandmother, Esther Jones and the lady on the left is Mrs Gladys Jones, who was his aunt. The baby in the photo is actually Mr Edwards himself taken in 1963.
His family began selling produce at Oswestry Market around 1910, first with his great-great grandmother and passed on through the generations. This ended in the early 1980's, although his mother, Rachael Edwards, continued working on the market right up to the late 1990's.
Love Your Local Market Youth Market
The Mayor Councillor Paul Milner welcomed the Love Your Local Market inspired Youth Market which was held in Oswestry Town centre on the 18th May. North Shropshire College students helped organise the event by developing their own pop up businesses and worked closely with other local schools in managing their own stalls. On the day there was a fashion stall, handmade jewellery, their own popcorn business, cakes and crafts to name a few. The students themselves designed a promotional campaign to publicize the event and actually had a dedicated event manager. The Youth Market was the highlight in a week of Oswestry Market celebration as we also held a special Antiques Market and Gardening Event during the National Campaign.
Continental Market – 15th and 16th April
Oswestry Town Council are teaming up with a new continental market operator to hold a two day food and craft event within the streets of Oswestry. The continental market will bring a selection of stalls selling fresh pastries, olives, cheese, meats and crafts etc. They will be visiting the town on the 15th and 16th April.
Good Friday Family Day
Good Friday witnessed lots going on at Oswestry Markets. Oswestry Markets' and Churches Together once again teamed up to organise the annual Easter Family Day on the Bailey Head.
On the day there were children's rides, face painting, free competitions with prizes, an Easter Trail and storytelling. One of the aims of the event is to promote the Easter Story but in a relaxed family environment. Churches Together promoted an Easter Trail hunt within the Indoor Market with free prizes for every child. Over 85 individuals took part in the trail helping to drive people into the Indoor Market. Mary Poppins was also invited to provide further entertainment. The Farmers' Market was also held on the day really adding to the activities. The Mayor was invited to the event and welcomed the traders'.
Oswestry Apple Day 17th October
An apple a day may keep the doctor away but Oswestry is hoping this gem of the English orchard will draw the crowds on October 17th for the town's third official Apple Day.
Celebrating not just apples but the flourishing scene of edible produce growing in the Oswestry borderlands, the event will showcase some of the scrumptious produce being lovingly raised in local gardens, allotments and orchards.
Apple Day and Home-Grown Oswestry takes place from 9am to 3pm on the Bailey Head and Bailey Street and is being organised by Oswestry Town Market.
CROP (Cambrian Railway Orchard Project) will be revealing the latest on its progress to establish a community orchard alongside the Cambrian Railway. Apple specialist and expert orchardist, Tom Adams, will also be on hand to give tips and advice on apple and fruit tree cultivation.
Apple day visitors will be able to sample and buy some of the first units off the production line, with proceeds going towards the purchase of fruit trees for local schools.
More horticultural talent will be on display from Derwen College, Country Markets, and the Oswestry Garden Society. We even have real owls !
Aunty Mo is creating a special apple scotch egg for the event and there are many cakes and pastries including the mighty apple. Oswestry Country Market will return for a second year with a delicious array of creative pastries, cakes and bakes using apples.
Local charities were again given the opportunity to have a stall on the second Charity Market for the year. Much needed funds were raised as well as advice on many of the good causes thanks to a joint initiative by community hub, Qube and Oswestry Town Council.
This special event took place on the Bailey Head on Friday 11th September giving everyone the chance to find out what local charities are doing in the area.
Oswestry held its 3rd Continental Market of the year within the town centre on the 4th and 5th of September. The two day event enjoyed dry weather and attracted thousands of people and there was a good number of stalls selling an array of produce and gifts.
The Mayor welcomed London based firm Italia In Piazza who brought their Italian Market to Oswestry on the 25th Saturday. Although they were only a small operator they had some quality food stalls which located themselves perfectly down Cross Street adding a little continental colour to our streets.
The Mayor, Councillor Cherrington and Councillor Cynthia Hawksley, Chairman of Markets and Car Parks, met with the antique dealers at the first of the annual Antiques Fairs held on the Bailey Head on the 15th May.
The sun was shining which helped to bring visitors to the town who enjoyed the atmosphere and eclectic collection of stall.
Love your Local Market Campaign
Councillor Peter Cherrington the new Town Mayor met with pupils of North Shropshire College when they visited the market on the 13th May to help celebrate the Love Your Local Market campaign. There were also stalls managed by Maesbury Metals, The Marches School, the Oswestry Project and many more.
Love Your Local market is a national campaign where over 1000 markets throughout the UK promote their markets highlighting their importance in terms of employment, start up businesses, community involvement and other social benefits. More celebrations are planned for Saturday the 16th May.
Oswestry Love Your Local Market Campaign 13th and 16th May
Oswestry Market is one of over 900 markets taking part in the national Love Your Local Market campaign inspired by Mary Portas' report on the future of our High Streets.
Love Your Local Market in Oswestry takes place on the 13th and 16th May and is being backed by Central Government, the Markets Alliance & individuals such as market trader.
The campaign aims to attract new market traders & also aims to highlight the importance that markets play in the heart of the local community, not only for retail but they are a valuable community asset and, in many places, provide the focal point of our town centres.
To support the national campaign here Oswestry Town Council continues to offer stalls for a "tenner" to encourage potential traders to use the market. Stalls are also available for local charities or for other organisations such as the library and various other local groups. There will be plenty of entertainment, face painting, giveaways and competitions to help celebrate the occasion.
Graham Wilson, Chief Executive of the National Association of British Markets Authorities says "This is the biggest national markets event for a generation and there is a real opportunity for markets to show what they can do for job creation and bringing town centres to life".
Easter Family Day
Oswestry Town Council teamed up with Churches Together to hold the annual Good Friday Family Day on the Bailey Head. Thousands of people enjoyed the free activities including face painting, story telling, colouring, balloon modelling and singing. The Easter Egg hunt within the Market Hall was particularly popular. Thank you for your support
Good Friday Family Day
Spring has arrived, and there is lots going on at Oswestry Markets. On Friday 3rd April Oswestry Town Council and Churches Together are organising an Easter Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Bailey Head where you will find childrens rides, face painting, free competitions with prizes, an owl display, stalls and family entertainment with Mary Poppins!
Churches Together will be telling the Easter story and arranging a free Easter egg hunt within the Indoor Market, where there will be lots of free chocolate! There is lots of fun for children and adults on the day whilst also enjoying the market atmosphere and Award Winning Indoor Market.
Sign up for new Friday Market
With the first signs of Spring the Council has decided to add to its market offer and trial a regular outdoor market on the Bailey Head each Friday with the exception of the monthly Farmers' Market date. If successful then we hope to integrate the two markets using the Bailey head and Horsemarket.
This idea was brought forward following a request from an outdoor trader at the trader/Council liaison meeting, who explained there was a demand from a number of traders.
It is hoped that this new market will create an activity on the Bailey Head which will offer the customer an alternative shopping day, whilst encouraging footfall into the Powis Hall. The first market is planned for the 6th March and shall run for a trial period until the end of September initially.
Tell your friends and we hope to see you there!
Oswestry Wins Top Market Award
At the awards ceremony today at Birmingham Council House, Oswestry Town Council was presented with a Great British Market Award 2015 as Oswestry Christmas Live won the category for Best Small Speciality Market.
The Great British Market Awards are promoted by the National Association of British Market Authorities and each year nominations are invited from communities from around the UK.
Oswestry Christmas Live has been a flagship event for the town on the first Friday of December each year for over a decade. The main streets are closed to traffic and a fun fair is brought into the town centre alongside live music, street entertainers, market stalls, firework display and local groups and charity organisations.
Chairman of the Judging Panel was NABMA President Councillor Mick Barker of Derby who said "this event is a launch for Christmas in Oswestry and is a wonderful community celebration that does so much to boost local tourism and the local economy. It is without doubt one of the major local attractions in the area over the festive period and is greatly enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. We congratulate Oswestry and its Town Council for their promotion of this much appreciated event."
Town Mayor Councillor Gareth Jones said today " I was very proud to be at the ceremony today and to receive this award. It puts Oswestry on the markets map again and demonstrates just how hard we work as a Council to boost footfall and the profile of the town."
Councillor Mrs Hawksley, Chairman of the Council's Markets and Car Parks Committee added "This is a wonderful reward for our market traders, local charities, our staff and the thousands of people who support this event every year. It shows what successes can be achieved by working together as a community."
Pictured receiving the award from Sean Wilson, former Coronation Street Actor are the Mayor - Councillor J.G. Jones, Mrs C. Hawksley - Chairman of the Markets & Car Parks Committee and David Clough - Retail and Events Manager.
Dr Who Competition
Congratulations go to Mr Steve Belshaw, winner of the Dr Who competition. His special designed hoodie will be posted to his house directly. Find the excellent Dr Who drawings along the upstairs corridor of the market drawn by Nigel Thomas pictured to the left of the photo.
Best Dressed Christmas Display
The Town Mayor, Councillor John Gareth Jones, and Heather Noble, Chairman of the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce, presented the trophy to Michelle Carnell, of Shelley' Bags, who was awarded the Best Dressed Christmas Display within Oswestry Indoor Market.
The Mayor said "there have been great displays this year making the competition extremely difficult to judge. Well done to everyone who took part making the market look as festive as possible"
Xmas Live Success
Many thanks to everyone that came out and supported Oswestry Xmas Live. Despite the poor weather large crowds enjoyed a great start to Christmas in Oswestry.
Our thanks to all the stall holders, musicians and entertainers that provided a wonderful evening of fun and enjoyment for the large crowds. A big thank you to many of the town centre retailers that stayed open and welcomed locals and visitors alike.
Date in your diary - Xmas Live returns the first Friday in December 2015.
Apple Day returns with a twist
Oswestry apple day 2014 will be bigger and better say organisers as they urge more local growers to get involved.
This year we will be joining forces with community growing initiative, Incredible Edible, to celebrate not
just apples but local produce growing in all its shapes and forms.
Apple Day and Home-Grown Oswestry will take place on October 18 alongside the usual Saturday street market. Co-organising the event are Cambrian Railway Orchard Project (CROP) together with Oswestry Incredible Edible and Oswestry Town Market.
Apples will take centre stage on the Bailey Head with a range of activities and stalls dedicated to apple pressing, growing, baking, related crafts and children's attractions.
Alongside this, the organisers are aiming to create a vibrant display of locally raised produce, from apples and artichokes to potatoes and parsnips, with the help of home-growers, community gardens, allotment groups, local orchards and farms.
Anyone interested in a stall or showing produce at Apple/Home-Grown day should contact David Clough
on 07764 772969 or 01691 680222 or even email him on d.clough(at)oswestry-tc.gov.uk
Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Over four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors up and down the country. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.
Oswestry Markets’ held its very own Heritage Market on the 13th September. There were demonstrations of various industrial skills including basket making, bronze founder, wood turning and also period music and entertainment at the market area. The traders also got involved by dressing up on the day
The National Eisteddfod of Wales
Witness one of the world's greatest cultural festivals in 2015 when the National Eisteddfod will be held at Meifod from 1-8 August 2015. Only 15 miles away, Oswestry offers excellent accommodation and a historic market town packed full of independent retailers. Oswestry Town Council and Oswestry Welsh Border Tourism welcome all visitors of the event to our town and have an enjoyable stay. For further details on accommodation and on Oswestry itself click here http://www.oswestry-welshborders.org.uk/
Visit Oswestry - Just 15 miles from Meifod
Visit Oswestry - Just 15 miles from Meifod
Gardening Event & Farmers' Market
Oswestry Markets held their annual Gardening Event alongside the monthly Farmers' Market on the Bailey Head on the 30th May. This event is in its 4th year with the aim to improve awareness of wildlife issues and to encourage people to grow their own vegetables and plants. There were seeds given away and lots of practical advice provided by the experienced stall holders. The event saw a small number of local plant sellers and environmental charities and there were plenty of activities for children, including the Bee Hunt within the indoor market.
On Saturday the 24th May Oswestry Town Council held a Continental Market in the centre of Oswestry. The picture features the Mayor Councillor John Gareth Jones and Cynthia Hawksley, Chairman of Markets and Car Parks meeting with Henry Simmonds and his son Ashley Simmonds, the Managers of Traditional Markets. Although the weather could have been kinder there was still an excellent turnout on Saturday and Oswestry now looks forward to the return of a Continental Market on the 5th and 6th of September which is organised by Savoir Fayre.
The Antique Market held on the 16th May proved to be a major success with many people visiting the Bailey Head to explore the stalls, over 30 in total. Oswestry Town Council and Amulet Fairs teamed up to hold the event and there are plans in place to make this a twice annual event as it was so well received.
The Town Council aims to increase the portfolio of events to help make Oswestry the place to visit throughout the year.
Love Oswestry Market 2014
Oswestry Market was one of over 300 markets taking part in this year's national Love Your Local Market campaign inspired by Mary Portas' report on the future of our High Streets.
Love Your Local Market in Oswestry took place on the 14th May and was a huge success. This year's theme was to encourage young people to use markets as well as to trade on them. Over 10 stalls were allocated to local schools and colleges to give them a taste of market retailing. There were cooking demonstrations, nails and beauty treatment, music and stalls selling hand crafted goods made by the pupils themselves. Pictured is the Mayor with the Marches School who were selling hand made wind charms. Walford and North Shropshire College, the Derwen, Maesbury Metals and the Project Group also took stalls on the day and there was a surprise flashmob by the Derwen students.
The campaign aims to attract new market traders of the future & also aims to highlight the importance that markets play in the heart of the local community, not only for retail but they are a valuable community asset and, in many places, provide the focal point of our town centres. To support the national campaign here, Oswestry Town Council have continued to offer stalls for a "tenner" to encourage potential traders to use the market
Good Friday Easter Event
Oswestry Market held their annual Good Friday Event on the Bailey Head supported by Churches Together. Hundreds of people visited the market and enjoyed the many activities on offer including face painting, children's rides, market stalls, live owl displays and the forever energetic Mary Poppins, who danced and told stories all day. Churches Together promoted the Easter message by managing the Easter trials within the Indoor Market which over 90 children enjoyed.
Pets in the Picture
Deputy Mayor John Gareth Jones and Susan Watts from Dogz Dinnerz presenting a printed canvas of Jess to Sarah Bucknell the winner of the November Competition to put your favourite pet picture on a canvas.
Sarah won the Under 16 category beating off stiff competition from lots of other wonderful photographs with her fantastic pic of Jess who is a half manx cat.
Best Christmas Display
Congratulations go to Llynclys Farm for winning the Best Christmas Display competition within the Indoor Market. This competition was organised between the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce and the Oswestry Chronicle and was decided by a public vote. The award was present to Linda Jones, the Manageress of the new farm shop within the market, by Heather Noble, Chairman of the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce.
There was some strong displays this year making the market place very festive indeed.
Oswestry market has more fun than a barrel of monkeys
No more monkeying around for Oswestry Safari trail
The Ironwork Centre has joined forces with local councillors to place two chimps inside Oswestry town market, as part of Oswestry urban Safari trail.
Also celebrating the 50th anniversary since refurbishment, and winning "love your market" 2013, BIC have also kindly donated a banner held by the chips in recognition.
It is hoped that this coming together of the British Ironworks centre, with local schools, town councillors and local artists and sculptors, will help to promote a greater sense of pride in the community, and give a healthy, much needed boost to local tourism trade.
Oswestry Market wins Market of the Year
The Town Council is delighted that Oswestry Indoor Market has taken first prize in the category of Best Local Council Market in the KPR Midlink Ltd Market of the Year 2013 competition.
The category was created some years ago recognising the large number of local councils who are now operating markets across the UK.
The judging panel confirmed that "the best local council market is awarded to a market which is very special to its town and one that's gone through a major refurbishment in 2012 after winning a national competition with a design produced by Sir Terrance Conran. The judging panel also witnessed the introduction of a new market website with other social media initiatives and also the introduction of Wi -Fi to the market hall building. This has given the market increased profile and proactive management has improved footfall and also created a greater visual impact for shoppers.
The awards were presented by the Rt Hon Don Foster Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Communities and Local Government, Adam Corbally from the Apprentice, The Nabma President Councillor Mrs. Geraldine Carter and the sponsor Jeremy Bradin of KPR Midlink Ltd.
Representing Oswestry are Councillor Mrs. Cynthia Hawksley, Chairman of the Markets and Car Parks Committee, Councillor John Gareth Jones, Vice-Chairman of the Committee and David Clough, Retail Markets and Events Manager.
The Mayor Councillor Martin Bennett confirmed "this is a huge boost for Oswestry Market and for the town and our town centre.
The competition has many entrants from across the UK and the award is a great endorsement for the huge resource and financial investments that we have made in the indoor market in recent years.
This is an award that our market traders, our customers and councillors can be extremely proud of. It has been achieved through partnership, hard work and commitment. Oswestry as a town can be very proud".
For Further Information
If you require more details please contact David Clough.
Oswestry Town Council,
Tel: 01691 680222