Ely Markets at Christmas

Christmas is a special time for us all here at Ely Markets. We’re committed to creating wonderful local markets that appeal to our residents and visitors alike. We are very excited for our annual Special Christmas Market on Friday 23rd December, running from 8.30 am – 3.30 pm there will be jam-packed festive stalls including crafts, food, vintage and farmers’ market stalls with seasonal gifts and entertainment. We have also launched this year Christmas mini markets on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st of December – creating a full week of festive markets. The mini-markets will run from 10am – 3pm and will host a selection of craft and food stalls on Ely Market Place.

All our regular weekly markets are very special this time of year too. Our Thursday chartered market (which has existed since the 12th century) is packed with Christmas trees, fruit wreaths, festive clothing and delicious pies and cheeses and fresh fruit and veg. We love welcoming visitors from near and far across the region every week. We have introduced our first ever night market here at Ely Markets this festive season running 4.30-8.30pm every Thursday until Christmas, which has seen brought street food, live music, mulled wine and gift shopping by fairy lights on to Ely Market Place. It’s been great to see the city come to life on a weekday evening, residents wrapping up warm and enjoying Steak and Honour burgers or Kura Kura curry and a Silver Oak Cointreau hot chocolate or espresso martini.

The Saturday Craft and Collectables market is the perfect place to buy a thoughtful unique gift. Our traders are local, independent and many of the gifts are handmade. We have something for everyone from the pet lover in your life to the mid-century-furniture collector. Plus our Street Food Aisle offers enough delicious food, cake and coffee to fuel your Christmas shopping. Audrey’s vegan mince pies truly are something worth trying (and sharing if you can resist!). Every second and fourth Saturday the Craft Market is joined by our Ely Farmers’ Market. We bring the best of fresh, local produce to town. From rare breed beef, venison and goat’s meat to artisan sausages, pork pies, preserves and pastries and locally grown vegetables. Many of the Farmers’ market traders will be at our Special Christmas Market on the 23rd and there is no better, or fresher time to stock up for Christmas.

There will be no markets on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day and our next regular markets are on Thursday 29 and Saturday 31 December.

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Runner Up OFM Awards 2016

We are overwhelmed to be a runner up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2016, voted for by their readers. A special thank you to Big Skies Food Company for the nomination. Now in their 13th year, the Observer Food Monthly Awards, reward the finest in British food and drink.

“We are so proud to be recognised in the “Best Market” category of the national Observer Food Monthly awards as a runner up! The award is nominated and voted by readers of the newspaper so a big thank you to all who voted for us. Thanks too to all our brilliant traders who make up Ely Markets every week and who come together to make something very special.” Julia Davis, Ely Markets team.

Congratulations to Belfast’s historic St George’s market – voted Best Market by OFM readers. A mix of tradition and innovation putting it at the heart of the city’s changing food scene.


Ely Festive Lates

Ely Markets are proud to announce the next in their event series celebrating the diversity of their market – Ely Festive Lates. Launching Thursday the 17th November and running every Thursday evening 4.30-8.30 in the run up to Christmas.

These family-friendly evenings will be bursting with street food, shopping and live music on the market square. Join them for mulled wine, mince pies and the chance to buy incredible gifts from local producers and makers. There will be a covered seating area to drink, eat and browse next to the Christmas tree.



Enjoy street food from Choux Stopper, I am Dumpling and more under the fairy lights while stocking up on perfect gifts from regular Ely Market traders such as Oriolo’s jewellery, Jo Clark Designs cards, prints and mugs and Buster and Lou’s gifts for the pet-lover in your life. SilverOak coffee will be keeping everyone warm with their home-roasted coffees and luxurious hot chocolates – there’s even been talk of espresso martinis.

“We are really looking forward to the launch of the Ely Markets Festive Lates complementing our regular weekly markets. We know that our visitors will find loads of delicious food, unique gifts that support local businesses and a wonderful atmosphere! We are very proud of the traders on our Craft and Collectables market on a Saturday and this will be a great chance for more people to discover their products. The Ely Festive Lates are part of our special events on Ely Markets showcasing the diverse choice for all tastes we have all year round.” Julia Davis Ely Markets Team


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Interested in trading or performing? Contact markets@dev-elymarkets.pantheonsite.io

Food bloggers tour

On the 24th September we invited 10 local food bloggers to visit our Saturday and Farmer’s market to see the incredible range of stalls we have on offer. An enormous thank you to all our traders that took part, offering free samples, and talking so passionately about the market and their produce – you definitely made an impact! Everyone came away saying it was the people that made the market so special and that they would definitely be returning.

We were very grateful some of them have written up incredible blog posts including Michelle (an Ely local) of The Last Food Blog, Pina of One Two Culinary Stew, Gina Ferrari (another resident and baker herself) of Apricot and Figs and Charlotte who is treating us to a multi-part post – please do follow the links and have a read.


















Trader montage by Michelle of The Last Food Blog.

Ely Vegan Fair

Ely Markets are proud to announce the first in a series of events to celebrate the diversity of our market. The Ely Vegan Fair brings together familiar faces with regional and national traders. This family-friendly day is for both vegans and v-curious alike, so come along and discover an array of street food, producers, information and wellbeing.

The high street will be transformed with over 20 traders including culinary delights such as vegan scotch eggs from Food by Lizzi, flatbreads from Replete, George’s Bakery with vegan quiche and flapjacks, Gaias Kitchen vegan cheeze and indulgent cakes from Audrey’s. We’re also excited to bring incredible vegan street food to Ely including Cambridge Food and Drink Award winners The Wandering Yak. There will be a vegan bar including organic wines and covered seating too.

“We are really looking forward to our first Ely Markets Vegan Fair complementing our regular weekly markets and know that our visitors will find loads of delicious food and unique products to sample! Our vegan offering is just part of the fantastic variety of stalls we have on our markets every week! The Vegan Fair is the first of our special events on Ely Markets showcasing the diverse choice for all tastes we have all year round.” Julia Davis Ely Markets

We hope this event will put Ely Markets on the map – what the vegan traders have started here is incredibly exciting for Cambridgeshire and we look forward to a day celebrating a more conscious approach to foodie culture!

We have a really lovely quote from one of our traders Audrey’s Vegan Cakes:
‘Ely Market is a fantastic place for vegans! I’ve been welcomed with open arms by the fantastic vegan traders and it really is a lovely community of like-minded people. I’m really looking forward to the Vegan Fair, I’ll be selling all the usual favourites – chocolate cake, lemon drizzle, a range of delicious cupcakes and brownies, mini Bakewell tarts, Victoria sponge and Jaffa Cake cake…’

The Fair will run from 9-3pm on Saturday the 29th October along Ely High Street and is organised by Ely Markets as part of our programme of events – watch out for the Ely Festive Lates – Thursday late openings on the market in the run up to Christmas.

Interested in trading? Contact markets@dev-elymarkets.pantheonsite.io

Ely Farmers’ Market

Ely Farmers’ Market  celebrates its 16th anniversary this year on Saturday 25 June.  Things have changed considerably since the first market way back at the dawn of the new millennium in 2000, for a start, the market now takes place twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Saturday, but trends and times change and visitors will discover a wide range of fresh local produce to tempt their taste buds! 

We now boast a number of specifically vegan traders in our very own Ely Farmers’ Market “Vegan Alley” who are very adept at raising the profile of vegan and vegetarian lifestyles on social media – check out our Twitter feed @ElyMarkets if you want to find out more!  Not forgetting the carnivores out there, there’s also plenty to satisfy meat eaters, from prime Aberdeen Angus beef to lamb, mutton and pork from Betty’s Meats and a range of pies from local favourites Edis’s and Brockleby’s. 

If you’re not already a regular visitor to Ely Markets, check out our Twitter feed for news from our Saturday Craft Market traders featuring their latest craft, retro, vintage and antique offerings!  Forget Ebay – pop and see what’s on at the market this Saturday!

Love your local market

Ely Markets is participating in the national, high profile Love Your Local Market 2016 campaign led by the National Association of British Market authorities with support from the wider markets industry and Government.

Ely Markets is joining over 1200 markets across the country by taking part in the Love Your Local Market campaign and are promoting Ely Markets as a great place to start your business. Vibrant Ely Markets is at the heart of our community and offers a chance to try out your products on one of our great weekly markets.

Ely Markets is holding a special promotion on the market on Saturday 14 May highlighting the great variety of produce and services you can find on all its markets from local seasonal fare direct from the farmer on our FARMA accredited twice monthly Farmers’ Market to artisan foods and delicious street food to go every week. In addition, there’s also all types of arts and crafts, retro and vintage artefacts, antiquarian books, clothes, shoes, antiques, collectables, coffee, cakes, plants and flowers, pet products, baby products, fresh samosas….in fact, most things you can think of, you can source at Ely Markets.

On 14 May, we are inviting would-be entrepreneurs with a product to sell – especially young people – to come and find out how you can start your business from a market stall. With loads of successful role models, from Marks & Spencer nationally to Ely Gin locally, markets are the seed bed of new businesses and we are keen to support new local enterprises.

We’ve also celebratory cakes to share and a limited number of Ely Markets shopping bags to give away to visitors to our special promotion stall on Saturday. Come along and enjoy our markets and find out how they can help you kick-start your business.

Emma Grima, Director of Commercial and Corporate Services, said: “A great market becomes the heart of every town or city. In Ely, we’re very proud of our range of markets, which together form an integral part of our community – showcasing the best of local talents, and being home to the finest local produce and craft items.

“Markets can also provide much needed platforms from which start-up companies are able to begin their business journeys. One of the joys of working with the Markets team is watching these companies develop, and we are always there to offer support along the way.

“Ely Markets is delighted to be participating in this year’s Love Your Local Market campaign, and we hope as many people as possible will help us by joining in this weekend’s celebrations.”