Markets Local to Shaftesbury and London That Are Worth a Visit

Whatever you are looking for, you will love visiting markets local to Shaftesbury and London.

Local Markets are ideal shopping destinations, selling everything from food to flowers, modern art to antiques and clothes to curios. Large, sprawling markets are ideal if you want to spend a day wandering about, hopefully finding a few bargains along the way.

London marketHere are some of the markets close to Shaftesbury and London that may be worth a visit.

  • Salisbury Market – every Tuesday and Saturday (Except the 3rd Tuesday in October)

Salisbury Market is held outdoors in all weathers throughout the year. Its colourful, noisy, bustling, friendly and full of exciting aromas; from freshly ground coffee and fresh bread to hot doughnuts, hog roast and newly cut flowers. There is also fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, cheeses, eggs, haberdashery, carpets, clothes, shoes, jewellery, kitchenware and wooden furniture. In fact there is an outstanding range of goods on offer and all at exceptional prices.

  • Gillingham Market – every Friday morning, 8:30am – 11:30am

Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Gillingham

Gillingham Market is a co-operative market selling fresh home produced goods to the public. Here you can buy cooked food, preserves, dairy, garden produce and local fresh meat. Orders can be taken and the traders will deliver to you, within a certain distance, if you are unable to get to the market. You can also buy flowers, plants and a range of gifts including jewellery, wooden items, framed photographic prints and children’s clothes.

  • Shaftesbury Super Sunday – 3rd Sunday of the month, 10am – 3pm

Discover the many talented people living in Dorset and the surrounding area every 3rd Sunday of the month. The market has stalls stretching from one end of Shaftesbury High Street to the other. The market also has a little acoustic stage, highlighting some of the best up and coming talent Dorset has to offer. Shaftesbury Super Sunday Market has an eclectic mix of artisan producers, plenty of local food and drink, arts and crafts and much more.

Shaftesbury town is easily reached from any of the hotels in the Shaftesbury Hotel Collection in London. To do so, you need to travel via the Tube to Paddington Station and then from Paddington Station to Shaftesbury.

  • Wimborne Market – Friday, 6:30am – 2pm; Saturday, 7:30am – 2pm; Sunday, 8am – 2pm.

Wimborne Market, Riverside Park, Dorset

At Wimborne market you can find plenty of fresh local produce including a regular quality butchers, bakers, fruiters, fishmonger and cheese stands. You can shop for everyday essentials, there’s a qualified hairdresser and you can also find designer jewellery, antiques, collectibles, clothing, shoes, Bric-a-brac, memorabilia and much more. There is also a snack bar to help you keep your energy up while you stroll around the largest undercover market in the South of England.

Other markets worth a visit to are:

  • Dorchester – Wednesdays
  • Poole – Thursdays
  • Sherborne – Thursdays, 9:15am – 11:15am
  • Wilton – Thursdays
  • Sturminster Newton – Mondays 9am – 11:30am
  • Blandford Forum – 2nd Friday of each month
  • Wincanton – 1st Friday of each month.


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