Royston Market

The market town of Royston was awarded its Charter during the time of Richard I (1189). Icknield Way, Ermine Street, High Street and King Street marked the original areas of the market until gradually the buildings in the centre of the streets became permanent buildings and the market was moved to its current position today on Market Hill.

The market operates on a Wednesday and Saturday with trading starting at 8am and finishing at approximately 3.30pm.

 Effects of Covid-19 on the Market

On the 23rd March 2020 the Government directive that only essential goods could be sold on markets following the outbreak of Covid-19 saw traders providing just food.

Despite concerns that this may impact the market detrimentally, in terms of footfall, the opposite has occurred. In fact, Royston's market appears to have benefitted from an upsurge in community goodwill and new shoppers appearing in significant numbers. Customers have also confirmed that the open air environment has provided them with reassurances in terms of their well being which is perhaps not always shared with supermarket shopping.

Since the 1st June, non-essential traders have been permitted to return to the market, though the Council is mindful of the importance of ensuring that social distancing guidelines are adhered to. We hope that people can continue to enjoy a safe and anxiety free shopping experience.

New Traders Welcome

Royston Market encourages new applications from traders wishing to work on the market. So if you feel you have commodities to sell which will complement the current offer please contact:

Post: The Market Manager, Town Hall, Melbourn Street, Royston, SG8 7DA
Tel: 01763 245484 or complete the application form below.

Please read the following carefully in full before applying. 

New Trader Information Pack
Checklist for Traders Selling Food
Market Trader Application Form
Royston Town Council Market Strategy
Royston Market Facebook Page

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Royston’s Market Traders

Royston Market boasts a number of traders who have worked on the market for a considerable period of time. This longevity speaks volumes for the quality of products on offer and detailed below are just a number of the stalls that you will find on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. Visitors to the market will also be able to shop for freshly cooked ham, pork pies, a wide variety of classic cheeses, eggs, olives and locally sourced honey. If you just want to people watch, why not visit the 'pop-up' cafe offering all day breakfasts, tea, coffee and cakes. The market isn’t all about food though and other traders can be found selling antiques, DIY/tools, hardware, kitchenware, pet supplies, bikes and golf clubs.

St Ives Wholesale Produce Ltd Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Royston market benefits from this reputable and well established fruit and veg stall which offers a wide variety of quality produce and has operated in Royston for over 20 years now. They will also deliver locally to the general public and local caterers.

F.E. Tuckers and Sons Fish Stall
This fishmonger travels all the way from Great Yarmouth to work on the market and has done so since 1958. They continue to provide a tremendous variety of fresh fish such as skate, haddock, sea bass, cod, salmon and plaice along with seasonal shell fish.  

Priors Hall Farms
Another long standing trader on the market, this butcher offers fresh, locally sourced meat of exceptional quality. In addition to select cuts they also provide poultry, smoked and unsmoked bacon, homemade sausages and an array of marinated meats for your enjoyment.

Letchworth Bakery
This trader has become increasingly popular offering various types of bread made on the morning of the market. Bloomers, granary, GI, wholemeal, French sticks and gluten free varieties compliment the buns, cakes and other treats that are on offer.

Mr Sharman’s Flower Stall 
Cut flowers, topiary and pot plants are all available from this very busy stall which has traded for 60 years. It always manages to provide the market with a real burst of colour.