A Guide to Visiting the Best Markets in Devon16 January 2024
Devon is a region known for its rolling hills, pretty seaside towns and villages, and of course scrumptious cream teas. One of the best ways to experience all of these things is by exploring the markets in Devon. From bustling farmers' markets to quaint artisanal fairs, these markets offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local community and discover a wide array of seasonal and local produce with your family.
In this guide, we will take you on a journey through the must-visit markets in Devon, highlighting their historical significance, unique products, and tips for an unforgettable visit.
The History of Devon’s Markets
Markets have played a vital role in the history and development of Devon. Dating back to medieval times, these markets were not only a place for trade but also a social hub where people came together to exchange goods, stories, and ideas.
Even as you visit the market towns of Devon today, many of the markets have retained their historical charm, with traditional stalls and cobblestone streets that transport you back in time.
One of the highlights of visiting the markets in Devon is the opportunity to discover unique products and local specialities. The region is known for its outstanding food and drink offerings, and the markets are the perfect place to sample them first-hand. From the famous Devon cream tea, with its freshly baked scones, clotted cream, and strawberry jam, to the mouthwatering West Country cheeses, you'll find a wide array of culinary delights that are sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Alongside food offerings, the markets are a haven for local artists and craftsmen, who take pride in their creations and are always happy to share the stories behind their work.
Our Top Picks for Markets in Devon
When staying at Long Barn Cottages, make sure to visit some of the top markets that showcase the region's unique offerings. Whether you’re visiting on a solo trip, on a romantic mini-break or spending quality time with your family, here are some of our favourites to immerse yourself in the Devon market scene.
Tantalise your tastebuds and indulge your artistic flair - and only a short 18 minute drive from Long Barn Cottages!
The Totnes Market, held every Friday and Saturday, is a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts. If, like us, you can’t pass a food sample stall without a nibble of cheese or a taster of baked goods, this is the one you’ll want to hit.
Here, you can find a wide range of locally sourced produce, artisanal cheese, freshly baked bread, and much more. The market also boasts a vibrant arts and crafts section, where local artists display their unique creations. So, whether you’re an avid foodie, or want to indulge in some local crafts, you’ll find it at the Totnes Market in Devon.
Aside from the markets themselves, spend some time strolling along Totnes High Street which features lots of unique, independent stores. You’ll also find a handily placed car park in close proximity to the markets which is an added bonus!
Kingsbridge Farmer’s Market
Take the scenic 40 minute route from Long Barn Cottages to experience sustainably sourced goodies for everyone.
Another gem in Devon is the Kingsbridge Farmers' Market. Held on the first and third Saturday of the month, This market has been run locally for 23 years..
With its emphasis on organic and sustainable produce, this Kingsbridge farmer’s market is a haven for those seeking healthy and delicious food options. From farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade jams and chutneys, you'll find plenty of culinary delights to satisfy your taste buds.
If you’re feeling generous, you can buy ready-made hampers, filled with speciality picks to take home your culinary delights and spread the love that the markets in Devon have to offer!
Exeter Farmer’s Market
The place to expand your culinary horizons and only 34 minutes in a car journey from Long Barn Cottages!
Devon is home to several markets that have become iconic landmarks in their own right. One such market is the Exeter Farmers' Market, held every Thursday.
Situated in the heart of the city, Exeter farmer’s market brings together a diverse range of local producers, showcasing the very best of Devon's agricultural heritage. From freshly caught seafood to award-winning cheeses and succulent meats. The Exeter Farmers' Market is a paradise for food lovers.
Not only can you sample and purchase the goods here, the market also hosts regular cooking demonstrations and workshops, where you can learn from talented local chefs and expand your culinary skills. So the great food needn’t be left behind at the end of your trip!
Tavistock Pannier Market
A worthwhile 1 hour trip from Long Barn Cottages to experience one of the most sought-after markets in Devon
Another market that shouldn't be missed is the Tavistock Pannier Market. Open every day except Sunday, this indoor market offers a unique shopping experience.
Housed in a historic building, the market is filled with a variety of stalls selling everything from antiques and collectables to handmade crafts and local delicacies. Take your time to wander through the market's narrow aisles, soak in the bustling atmosphere, and discover hidden treasures that you won't find anywhere else. The Tavistock Pannier Market is a true reflection of Devon's farming heritage and a testament to the region's enduring market culture.
Top Tips for Visiting Markets in Devon
To make the most of your visit to the markets in Devon, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
1) First and foremost, be sure to check the market's opening hours and plan your visit ahead to avoid disappointment.
2) Arriving early is also a good idea, as you'll have the opportunity to browse through the stalls before they get crowded. This way, you can take your time to explore each vendor and interact with the local producers.
3) Another tip is to come prepared with cash. While some vendors may accept card payments, it's always a good idea to have cash on hand just in case.
4) Bring your own reusable bags - not only environmentally friendly but also practical, as you'll likely end up with more purchases than you anticipated. At least, that’s our experience!
5) Finally, don't be afraid to haggle and negotiate prices, stallholders often appreciate the personal interaction and may be willing to offer a small discount or throw in an extra treat.
Devon is a treasure trove of local culture, history and stunning scenery so you can be sure that when visiting the markets in Devon you’ll be immersing yourself in the tasty and beautifully made local delights. From the bustling streets of Exeter to the picturesque towns of Totnes and Tavistock, each market offers a unique experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
So, whether you're a food lover, a history enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique souvenir from your time away, make sure to book your stay at Long Barn Cottages and visit the markets in Devon to create memories that will last you and your family a lifetime.