This month Trowbridge Weekly Outdoor Market, located in Fore Street each Wednesday, celebrates two years of successful trading in the County Town. It is 815 years since the town was granted its market charter by King John and both Town Council and Wiltshire Council have taken the opportunity of the second anniversary to review the market operation and ensure it thrives into the future.
From April the whole of the outdoor Wednesday Market will be operated by Wiltshire Council in partnership with the Town Team. For the first two years the community market part has been successfully operated by the Town Team, utilising the services of Plain Fresh Ltd whilst the general market area has been operated by Wiltshire Council.
Work will start soon on the campaign to introduce a Business Improvement District to Trowbridge in 2016 and the Town Team is expected to become part of that when it is established. Plain Fresh will continue to support the Town Team and the Town Council with a range of special events including markets throughout the year, including this year’s Magna Carta Charter Fayre on 24th/25th and 26th July.
David Baker, Chair of the Town Team said, “Our weekly market has been a great success since it was introduced in 2013 and Wiltshire Council has successfully delivered a local market which is tailored to the Trowbridge community and the aspirations we have for a developing town. We look forward to working with all of our partners to bring even more variety to Trowbridge.”
Philip Whitehead, Wiltshire Council cabinet member responsible for markets, said:
“Wiltshire Council is committed to ensuring the market remains a success in Trowbridge and will continue to provide stalls that meet the public need and complement the towns existing retail offer. We look forward to developing our excellent working relationship with Trowbridge Town Team that has been in place since the start of the Market in March 2013.
The outdoor weekly market operates alongside the bi-monthly Friday Farmers’ Market in Fore Street and the six days a week indoor market operating in Castle Place Shopping Centre.
The Charter Fayre will be held for the first time in living memory on the days stipulated in the Market Charter awarded to Henry de Bohun in 1200. We will be celebrating his role in the sealing of Magna Carta which celebrates its 800th anniversary this year. As well as markets the weekend includes falconry, jousting, archery, a Town Crier’s competition a business Expo in the Civic Centre and fun for all the family.
Discover TROWBRIDGE – a town of markets.