Celebrating the uniqueness of Marlborough, its communities & people


Marlborough Communities Market takes place on the 1st Sunday of the month, championing local producers and makers.  Started in July 2012, the market goes from strength to strength with a loyal following and becoming something of a destination for those seeking a day out.  With some great street food traders alongside our Farmers’ section and offering a wide range of crafts and artisanal products, the market is a welcome addition to the twice weekly general market that runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year.

Working closely with Transition Marlborough, the Town and Wiltshire Council’s, the market was started due to the demise of  long-standing Farmers’ Market that had taken place in the Town Hall for the past  13 years.  Rebranded as a community market, we run as a not for profit, social enterprise for the benefit of the community and have been lucky to retain a few of the farmers’ that traded before, alongside many newcomers.

The aims and objectives of Marlborough Communities Market are very much centred around Transition Principles of positive visioning, inclusion and openness. Building resilience for communities against the effects of peak oil is key, in addition to the belief that rather than decision making and control being centralised, people and communities should be empowered through knowledge and systems thinking to self-organise and make decisions at the appropriate level.

We encourage entrepreneurs and start-ups though our Table for a Tenner scheme, where new businesses can test-trade for a year for just £10 per market before committing to the full pitch fee.  Likewise we are keen to encourage young traders and offer incentives to people aged between 16-25.

There is a  a great deal of energy at our market with lots going on and are always keen to encourage live music, talks, demonstrations, tastings, rural skills workshops while our craftspeople and artists create some products on-site, which can be found in the low energy, transition part of our market.

Please do get in touch if you would like to get involved, otherwise we would love to see you in Marlborough High Street, opposite Waitrose on the first Sunday of the month where you can always be sure of a warm welcome.

(top) Photo courtesy of John le Brocq

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7 Responses so far.

  1. Debbie Houston says:

    I am interested in becoming an independent Market Trader as hopefully this will fit in with being a mum to 2 teenagers. I sell hand decorated scarves shawls and wraps, for both day and evening, and currently sell to family and friends.

    • admin says:

      Hi Debbie,

      We have got someone coming along to sell scarves but it is just for CHristmas. Can you come along and meet me on Sunday at the market and bring along your items for me to look at….we’re really interested.



  2. Gaelle says:

    Hi there, I have recently moved to the area and am enjoying a more self-sufficient lifestyle on a farm. I have started making small craft items out of felt and recycled objects from around the home. All have an animal theme. I also have free ranging rescue hens that provide me with too many eggs! Could I start a table on the table for a tenner scheme? I am unsure if people would like my crafts because I have not tried to sell elsewhere. A bit nervous to be starting something like this!

    • admin says:

      Hi Gaelle,

      Why don’t you pop down this Sunday and have a chat. It would be good to see some of the things you make too.


  3. Morning I would love to become a trader at your market. I looking to sell lovely handmade cake pops in lots of unique flavours, chocolate covered Oreos in different designs and Belgium covered popcorn. I currently do Newbury market where I offer samples of my products. Thanks Kelly

    • admin says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Your products sound lovely…..why don’t you come along and test-trade at our market at the end of May? You can fill out our online application form though the website and we would love to see you there.


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