Want to travel the world without leaving Cambridgeshire? Just head to Ely Markets.

Ely’s weekly markets regularly feature a diverse mix of street food, produce and gifts from across the globe. This bank holiday weekend, the regular traders will be joined by the Flavours of the World market, returning for its 12th year. Ely’s Market Place and High Street will have everything from authentic North African food and French cheese and patisserie to gorgeous olives and Baltic amber jewellery.

“People love seeing something new when they come to our markets,” explains Julia Davis of Ely Markets. “We already have a fabulous selection of food, crafts and gifts every week, but this bank holiday the Flavours of the World market will give you even more choice than ever. Whether it’s Mexican churros, Spanish paella, German currywurst or exotic sweets – we know you’ll find something you can’t resist.”

As well as enjoying delicious food, market visitors will also be able to buy gifts, homewares and more. There will be beautifully scented French soaps from Marseille, lavender from Provence, scented oils and exquisite jewellery – plus handmade wooden garden furniture.

The Flavours of the World market takes place in Ely High Street on Saturday 26 May and in the Market Place on Sunday 27 May and Bank Holiday Monday. It runs from 8.30am until 3.30pm. Ely’s weekly Craft, Food & Vintage Market and Farmers’ Market is open as usual on the Market Place on Saturday.

Vegan & Vintage Fair 2018

This May Day Bank Holiday weekend our Vegan and Vintage fair is back! This popular event brings together an eclectic mix of vegan food alongside vintage, retro and traditional market stalls.

Our Vegan and Vintage Fair is a brilliant event for all the family. You don’t have to be vegan to appreciate it – we’ve got delicious food and drink that’ll please everyone, as well as lots of vintage stalls. It’s a chance to experience something new and enjoy a bit of retro fun while soaking up the atmosphere of our beautiful city.

Our markets have a great reputation for vegan food. At our Vegan and Vintage Fair, we’re bringing together local favourites with food and producers from all over the region. We’ve got something for everyone.

For street food fans, there’s a vegan burger van, wraps, samosas and curry. There’ll also be delicious vegan-friendly coffee, tea and cake – plus a bar on the Market Place. Keep an eye out Food by Lizzi’s famous “Scotch Eggless”– plus vegan beauty products and ethical clothing.

As well as sampling vegan food, we’ll also have a selection of retro-inspired stalls. This year there’ll be everything from furniture and retro lamps to 1950s-style dresses and vinyl.

So, whether you’re curious about vegan food, or a fan of vintage style, come and explore our Vegan & Vintage Fair this bank holiday with your family and friends.

The Vegan and Vintage Fair will take place on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 May 2018 from 10am – 4pm. Vegan food and produce will be available on Dolphin Lane and the vintage stalls will be on the main Market Place. There will also be a bar, traditional bank holiday market stalls, family entertainment and more.

Our Mini-Markets Launch

Ely Markets: Now bringing the community together six days a week.

On Wednesday 3 April 2018, we launched our new weekday mini-markets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Fridays. You’ll find everything from daily essentials like bread, fruit and vegetables to delicious
locally-roasted coffee and there will also be fresh fish every Tuesday. Our new markets complement the larger markets on Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays – and give you more flexibility and choice than ever before.

The day we launched our new mini-markets there was a real sense of community and
independence in the Market Place. People came away with something that made their day a little
brighter: a bunch of local carrots, a loaf of freshly baked bread or a new plant for their doorstep.
Each week you’ll find all these daily essentials, plus the best seasonal produce – and there’s always
the chance to bump into friends and catch up on all the local news.

Shopping is changing

Visitors to our markets tell us they want more flexibility and choice. They want to get more of what
they want, when they want it – at the best quality and the best price. Increasingly many of you are
swapping a big weekly trip to the supermarket for a new pattern of shopping little and often. And
many of us want less waste and packaging too, don’t we? That’s where our markets come in.

Visitors to our markets are always delighted to be have the chance to buy their fruit, vegetables
and bread in just the right amounts – just the way people have done for hundreds of years.
According to the Food Standards Agency, almost half the food thrown away in the UK comes from
our homes. Too often supermarkets encourage us to buy too much, and we don’t always get
around to using it in time. Our markets give you the option to shop more thoughtfully and
sustainably – buying what you need, when you need it.

Ditch the unnecessary packaging

Reducing packaging and cutting back on plastic is a huge concern for us. On market days, the
majority of our customers now bring along their own reusable shopping bags. Always carry a few
with you and ask our traders to weigh your fruit and veg directly into your own bags. It’s not easy to
go zero-waste, but our markets will help you get pretty close.

Don’t forget your coffee cup!

These days people aren’t just bringing their own bags to the market, they’re bringing their own
coffee cups and containers too. Silver Oak Coffee, whose new double-decker coffee rig will now be
at the market 6 days a week, have noticed a huge change in their people’s habits. Many of their
customers now bring their own re-usable cups with them. And if you forget, then you’ll be happy to
hear that all their takeaway coffee cups are now fully biodegradable.

A small city with a lot to offer

Ely attracts many visitors each day. We’re thrilled that it’s now possible for everyone to experience
our markets six days a week. And once you’re at the market, you’re just a stone’s throw from the
many other exciting shops, cafés and restaurants the city has to offer. Our new mini-markets will
even include a regular space for outdoor seating for the Lemon Tree Deli – whose shop sits right on
the Market Place.

It’s now easier than ever to come and experience our thriving markets for yourself. We can’t wait to welcome you!


Ely Markets is introducing new extra “Mini-Markets” on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays which
will bring together a selection of stalls selling essentials like fruit, vegetables, coffee and bread.

“We want to make our markets more useful and convenient than ever before,” says Julia Davis of
Ely Markets. “Our new Mini-Markets give you the chance to get more of what you want, when you
want it. They’ll make everyday shopping easier and will encourage people to shop locally and
support small producers.”

The new Mini-Markets will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The smaller extra
markets will complement the established successful main markets on Thursdays, Saturdays and
Sundays and will offer daily essentials such as fruit and vegetables, fish, flowers, bread, cheese
and more.

“We’ve chosen everything we think the Mini-Markets need,” says Julia. “It’s perfect for when
you’re popping into town on your lunch break, or after you’ve dropped the kids off at school. And
once you’ve finished your shopping Silver Oak Coffee will be there to keep you supplied with
delicious locally-roasted coffee”.

Buying little and often from a local market isn’t just convenient. It also reduces food waste and
cuts down on packaging. Ely Markets will be encouraging their shoppers to help them make their
markets as eco-friendly as possible.

“We want our markets to lead the way in helping local residents to take a more thoughtful
approach to their shopping,” says Julia. “If people in Ely choose to make a few small changes to
the way they shop then together we can make a big difference. Remember your shopping bags on
market days and bring along a re-usable coffee cup too. We’d love to see people start bringing
their own containers for cakes and pastries.”

The new Mini-Markets begin on Tuesday 3 April 2018 and will trade from 8.30am – 3.30pm on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Wednesday 4 April there will be a special launch day to
coincide with the Easter school holiday. There will be extra stalls, activities and the chance to meet
Michael Recycle, Ely’s local eco-hero, and to win an Ely Markets “Bring Your Own” goody bag.

Our Sunday Markets

If you’re looking to while away a few hours on a Sunday, get some fresh air, while enjoying good food, vintage, vinyl and the perfect cup of coffee you haven’t had to make yourself – Ely Sunday Market is the place to be!

If you haven’t ventured into Ely on a Sunday for a while, we think you will be pleasantly surprised with the range of quirky vintage stalls and delicious food on offer.


Ely Markets 2018 Calendar

Check out our 2018 Calendar!! Lots going on, including our new Mini Markets, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from April onwards as well as our usual established events and market days.

Ely Markets Vegan Fair

Local lovers of plant-based eating and living, you’re in luck this month, as we welcome back our annual Vegan Fair on the 30th of September. The event will run from 9am until 3pm along Ely High Street and will feature Ely Market regulars as well as many of the best vegan traders from around the region. Aimed at vegans and those who are simply v-curious, visitors will be able to discover an array of delicious food and drink, enjoy live music and browse stalls at the Craft & Vintage Market, which will be running alongside the event. Goodies on offer will include Miss Molly’s vegan cheesecakes, Food! By Lizzi’s vegan comfort food including the famous Scotch Eggless, Wandering Yak’s vibrant Middle Eastern food, beautifully crafted vegan bags from Katherena and oat milk lattes from Snail Shell Café. Plus grab a vegan friendly beverage or two from the vegan bar.

Check out the Facebook event for more details- https://www.facebook.com/pg/elymarkets/events

We look forward to seeing you there 🌱

The Late Summer Late

Join us again for one last celebration of the summer on Friday the 1st of September from 4pm until 8:30pm. The last Friday evening of the summer holidays, come down to Ely Market Place to enjoy an evening of live music, street food, crafts and entertainment. See you there!!🌞

Christmas with Ely Markets 2017

Yes it’s still summer but it is always good to put dates in the diary nice and early…

This year Ely Markets is going to be hosting lots of additional markets as well as our popular weekly markets in the run up to Christmas.  Allowing you to grab special unique gifts for your loved ones, fresh local seasonal foodie items, whilst supporting local makers and producers & FREE PARKING!!  You can even refuel with speciality mulled wines and ciders, artisan hot chocolates & mince pies while the children burn off some energy on fairground rides and entertainment.

Firstly, we will be hosting 3 Festive Lates on Wednesday 6th, 13th & 20th December from 4pm until 8:30pm. These family-friendly evenings will be bursting with street food, shopping and live music on the market square. Join us for mulled wine, mince pies and the chance to buy incredible gifts from local makers. There will be a covered seating area to drink, eat and browse next to the Christmas tree🎄

The week before Christmas we will be hosting a market EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK…

We will be hosting a series of mini-markets on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th December from 10am until 3pm, where you will be able to grab festive foods, treats and gifts.

We will have our usual Thursday Charter Market on the 21st December from 8.30 – 3.30pm.

Our Special Christmas Market will be held on Friday 22nd December from 8.30am until 3.30pm.  This is our main event, where you can find all of your favourite Craft, Food, Vintage & Farmers stalls with seasonal gifts and a very special visitor all the way from the North Pole……🎅

The following Saturday 23rd December we will have our usual Saturday Craft, Food & Vintage Market alongside our Farmers Market.

Sunday 24th December we will have our Sunday Market, offering you the chance to come down for some last minute gift buying, and the opportunity to get the family out of the house and indulge in some tasty seasonal streetfood and beverages.

Ely Markets looks forward to celebrating and preparing you for the most magical time of year❄️

For more information on our festive events check out our Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/elymarkets

If you are interested in trading at any of our Festive markets contact us at:  markets@elymarkets.co.uk

Flavours of the World Returns

Flavours of the World returns to Ely Markets on August Bank Holiday weekend!  Discover tastes from the four corners of the globe along Ely High Street on Saturday 26th of August alongside more local flavours on our weekly Craft, Food & Vintage Market and Farmers Market.  On Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 27th & 28th of August, Flavours of the World can be found on Ely Market Place with all your regular Sunday Market favourites.  Come and sample the delicious tastes, unique crafts and enjoy a leisurely bank holiday browse🍴