Oswestry markets have been around for over 800 years and seen many challenges but non more difficult than the Covid pandemic. It has been a frustrating and worrying time for every indoor and outdoor trader alike however everyone is looking forward to the scheduled reopening of the markets from the 14th April and can't wait to see all their customers once again. As long as there are no changes to the Prime Ministers roadmap all our traders will once again be able to open and are very much looking forward to trading and meeting new and old friends. The only exception will be the upstairs café as indoor seating is still not permitted until the 17th May. However, outside seating is permitted and we have recently invested into new seating and tables where customers can sit and enjoy the ambiance of the market square whilst having a coffee or a bite to eat. We can assure you that Covid restrictions will still be in place to ensure public safety, please use the hand sanitiser provided as you enter the building and maintain a polite distance. We all look forward to seeing you all soon and if you haven't been to Oswestry market before come and pay a visit, you won't be disappointed, we value your support.
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 & Saturday
Outdoor Market - Wednesday & Saturday
Artisan Market - last Friday of every 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 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.
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.