Covid-19 control and prevention lockdowns are easing around the UK, with outdoor markets beginning to reopen. As we adjust to what shape our “new normal” will take on, one shopping format steps forward as a social distancing-friendly favourite: the outdoor market. Culture Trip rounds up some of the country’s best.
Up North, under a restored Victorian market canopy, Lancashire’s Preston Market is a hit with locals for all the goods its traders bring to the table – literally. This destination is a labyrinth of markets – like the Fish Market and Secondhand Market – but the Outdoor Market is the place to go for bric-à-brac bargains. Books, candles, cards and indoor plants are among the offering. The market is closed on Sundays and Tuesdays, operating between 9am and 4pm on the other days of the week.
The nature of this market is telling in its name. It’s an international affair at this West London wholesale market, located between Southall and Hayes. Come kitted out with your reusable tote bags, as you’ll be able to get your five-a-day, along with all sorts of bits for the house, like cleaning products and pet food. Unlike some markets, the Western International Market is out of action over the weekend; pop by between 8am until 3pm Monday to Friday.
Pool Market is both an indoor and outdoor market in Cornwall, between Redruth and Camborne. It’s been going for just over 30 years, with anything and everything being its unique selling point. Supposedly, you can get your hands on gold and silver, used designed clothing and all manner of arts and crafts. Meanwhile, there are also fresh fruits, veg and local produce available. The hours may differ due to Covid-19 restrictions, but Saturday and Sunday between 9am until 5pm are usually its opening hours.