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The Fens produce a vast array of fruit, flowers and vegetables, and there is no better place than to purchase these from the market traders in the local towns.

A very popular attraction is Boston’s open air market, which is the largest in Lincolnshire and has been held for over 450 years. The markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday in the Market Place in the centre of the town. Also on Wednesdays there is the open air auction on Bargate Green, which is a magnet for hundreds of buyers and spectators wishing to witness the unique spectacle. On the third Wednesday of the month, the Farmers’ Market comes to town, selling local produce, from ostrich steaks and sausages to fresh home-grown herds, so that you can try the true taste of Lincolnshire.

Spalding has a twice-weekly market selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, clothing, household goods and other useful items. On the first Saturday of the month the Farmers’ Market adds to the choice available, and also during the year two or three Continental Markets bring the tastes of Europe to the town.

The weekly markets of Holbeach, Long Sutton, Chatteris, Whittlesey and Crowland are smaller in size but are still full of Fenland charm. Quaint little stalls, set up in the early hours of the morning ensuring their displays of fresh fruit and vegetables, portray the true taste of the Fens.

Wisbech has a traditional market twice weekly and a Farmers’ Market on alternate Fridays. Many similar stalls can be found at nearby March on Wednesday and Saturday each week. The Women’s Institute Country Market is held each Thursday morning in St Peter’s Church Hall selling delicious home-made cakes and preserves as well as plants and crafts and March has a W.I. market on Wednesday mornings at Mill View behind Sainsbury’s. Traders travel to Wisbech from miles around to buy plants and shrubs, fruit, vegetables and flowers from the daily auctions (not Sundays) at bargain prices. The public are also welcome to come and buy and sample a taste of traditional Fen life.

Market Days

Boston Wednesday and Saturday
Crowland Friday
Holbeach Thursday and Saturday
Long Sutton Friday
Spalding Tuesday and Saturday
Wisbech Thursday and Saturday
March Wednesday and Saturday
Downham Market Friday and Saturday
Whittlesey Friday
Chatteris Friday


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Wisbech is the birthplace of Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust.