Swaffham has a weekly Saturday Market with a variety of stalls including fresh meat, fruit & veg, cheese, eggs, clothes, housewares, confectionary, tools, bric-a-bric, & plants. The market has been established by Royal Charter, granted prior to the 13th century. Come and see what Swaffham Market has to offer.
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The choice of goodies from the general and farmer's markets and at the Fabian Eagle poultry auction brings in many locals and tourists from further afield that quite simply produces a wonderful buzz. The great selection of fruit and vegetables, meats, olives, bread and cakes to a whole plethora of eggs including banty, hen, duck and geese. Cheesemonger Rob Christie sells artisan cheeses, predominantly from the British Isles, along with his renowned cucumber pickle, runner bean chutney, 'Chillies Galore' jellies and sauces, home baked hams and melt in the mouth almond shortbreads.
Local fish, cheeses and home-made produce and gourmet breads are to be found in the market and surrounding shops.
Every Friday at the Assembly Rooms there is an indoor market with far too tempting cakes & cheese scones, homemade jams & pickles and stalls displaying sparkling vintage costume jewellery.
On Saturday, the market place is filled with stalls as local food produce vies for attention with everything from antiques to clothing. The market is a tradition which goes back centuries and there's nothing nicer than tasting locally produced cheeses as you decide whether to buy.
How it all started…….
Henry II granted two charters to Swaffham in the 12th century. A third charter was granted in 1215 that allowed Swaffham to hold a market and 3 fairs a year. At the fairs cattle and livestock were sold, these were held on the 12th May, 21st July and the 3rd November. People visited Swaffham from far and wide to purchase the wares of the market trader.