Saffron Walden is a beautiful and historic market town which has held a market since 1141.
The present day market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays and boasts an excellent reputation for trade and quality. Coach parties are recommended to time their visits to coincide with market days to view the wares of the market traders whose stalls are diverse, colourful and varied. Buskers and entertainers are encouraged, and summer bunting/seasonal decorations enhance the market during the appropriate season. Goods on offer can include fresh produce, bread and cakes; sausages; wholefoods; fresh fish; clothes, shoes and hats; vintage/collectables; fabrics; pet foods and accessories; curries; Mediterranean products; plants and flowers and more. Services such as changing watch batteries and mending equipment (mobile phones, vacuum cleaners) are also on offer.
In 2017 Saffron Walden Town Council’s Luke Matthews was proud to win an award for NABMA Young Market Person of the Year.
Saffron Walden itself has much to offer the visitor: a wide range of independent shops, St Mary’s Church (the largest parish church in Essex), an excellent town museum, the ruins of a Norman castle, the quirky Fry Art Gallery, beautiful Bridge End Garden, mazes and a large open space, the Common. Any visit can easily be combined with a visit to nearby Audley End House & Gardens (English Heritage).
Check out the website www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk for more information and opening dates/times of the attractions, or call Saffron Walden Tourist Information on 01799 524002 to discuss how to make the most of your proposed visit.