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Markets

Stalls have been trading at the historic market square in the city centre since the middle ages. The market square has been awarded a certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor.

The market is open for fresh food and produce, and cycle services. Other licensed traders are unable to open their stalls, either because of the national lockdown restrictions or because their opening would contribute to the risk of unsafe numbers of people gathering and loitering in and around the market area.

Please wear a face covering in the market and move on quickly after doing your shopping to make way for others to do theirs.

We are no longer able to allow traders to sell indoor plants and outdoor potted plants on the market, or provide any associated ‘click and collect’ service. Read the full update from 24 March below.

Monday to Saturday general market

From Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, stalls at the general market sell a wide range of goods. These include books, music, films, clothes, jewellery, fresh food, second-hand bikes, plants, mobile phones and accessories, and much more.

Many of our regular traders also sell online. If you’re looking for special gifts for family and friends, check Click it Local or Mecommi. We have also listed many traders’ websites below.

Sunday food, art and craft market

The market square also hosts a flourishing local food,art and craft market on Sundays, from 10am to 4pm.

Vendors sell organic produce from local farmers and work from some of the region's most talented artists, craftsmen, potters, sculptors and photographers.

All Saints’ Garden market

The All Saints’ Garden art and craft market can be found on Trinity Street every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. It’s open on some weekdays too, depending on the season.

Sale of flowers on Cambridge market: update from 24 March

In accordance with government guidance, available at the time, and the Public Health approved initial market re-opening plan, we have allowed licensed traders to sell indoor plants and outdoor potted plants on the market since 18 January.

As well as allowing traders to return to sell these products direct to customers, we have also permitted these traders to operate a ‘click and collect’ sales operation for cut flowers from behind a physical screen on their stall.

However, now, based on updated government guidance and the latest approved market re-opening plan (from 17 March), we are, unfortunately, no longer able to allow licensed traders to continue the sale of indoor plants and outdoor potted plants on the market; or any associated cut flower ‘click and collect’ service.

The updated government guidance for market stall businesses to be able to legally trade is primarily based on being a ‘food retailer’ or providing an essential repair service.

In particular, the latest published guidance, Closing certain businesses and venues in England (updated 22 March 2021) states retail businesses permitted to open include “garden centres and agricultural supplies shops. This does not include florists or nurseries”.

The guidance we are applying is based also on the government’s Office of Product Safety and Standards that develop advice in line with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), and Cabinet Office (CO) entitled ‘Local Authority Queries and Responses’ (version 13, updated 5 March).

We are sorry not to be able to allow licensed plant and florist traders to continue to trade on the market, but if we were to steer away from the latest government guidance, or the ‘spirit of the guidance’, then we risk leaving ourselves open to challenge.

Market traders

Last updated: 6 November 2020.