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Around 700 to 800 years ago, the right to hold a market was a highly valued privilege granted by the monarch to nobles who enjoyed his favour. Where such markets were held, people travelled from miles around to buy and sell the essentials of everyday life.

A day at the market was just that! The journey to market took one third of the day, trading required another third and the weary journey home used up the remaining third of the day.

A man was deemed to be able to travel 20 miles in a day and thus it was determined that markets must be at least six and two thirds of a mile apart. This calculation is still used today as the basis for the protection of market rights.

Towns grew up around the site of regular markets, which were usually held on one or two days each week, or on special feasts and festivals. Many of today's thriving communities owe their existence to the market in their midst.

Swadlincote Market is open on a Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and is operated by:

Geraud Markets Limited
Edge lane
L13 2EJ

For any further information and to book a stall, contact the Simon Wardle, market manager, tel: 07879 276243 or email:

Swadlincote Makers Market

Swadlincote Makers Market runs on the last Saturday of the month (from March to September) between 9am and 4pm on the High Street, alongside the traditional market. Forthcoming market dates are:

  • 27 May 2017
  • 24 June 2017
  • 29 July 2017
  • 26 August 2017
  • 30 September 2017.

For further information and to book in, please contact:

The monthly Mercia Makers Market at Willington runs from March to November. Forthcoming dates:

  • 28 May 2017
  • 25 June 2017.

For further information, please contact Mercia Marina.

The annual Swadlincote International Food and Drink Festival takes place in the autumn along with the Swadlincote Xmas Mega Market in December.

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