Find about the latest news and events from the Ely Markets team. We are proud to offer an exciting community-led calendar of events that celebrates the diversity of our market and supports local independent traders.
A fantastic time was had by all at our Ely Markets Summer Late event on Friday 21st July! Visitors enjoyed the sounds of summer with rockabilly tunes from Jacen Bruce, alongside mellow vibes from Yve Mary B and Nick Lowe’s guitar. Great tastes were provided by Wood Fired Pizza, Pittagoras Greek specialities, Aroy D Thai and vegan choices from Flo’s Kitchen. The Dessert Man’s sweets or a chimney cake for afters and a side order of cheese from Hum-Closen kept everyone happy. There was plenty of time to sit and enjoy a drink and appreciate the music or browse a selection of unique arts and crafts stalls. Even the weather was kind providing the perfect evening to kick off the summer holidays🌞
As part of the “Love Your Local Market” celebrations, Ely Markets is host to a visiting “Flavours of the World” Market on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 27, 28 and 29 May. Ely Markets is already home to a range of flavours from across the globe and the visiting market brings new tastes to complement the regular choice.
With plenty to delight the senses, experience sights and sounds from around the world, the array of stalls has everything from freshly made paella, crepes and tartiflette to artisanal cheese, bread and charcuterie, olive oils and preserves and all kinds of patisserie and confectionery. Plus crafts including handmade Provencal soaps, amber jewellery, woodcarvings, objets d’art and fashion accessories.
The Flavours of the World Market, runs from Saturday 27 May on Ely High Street alongside the weekly Craft & Collectables Market and Farmers’ Market on Market Place and Dolphin Lane. On Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 28 & 29 May, find “Flavours of the World” on Ely Market Place alongside the weekly Sunday and Bank Holiday Markets.
Emma Grima, Director of Corporate & Commercial Services said: “the visiting Flavours of the World Market brings fresh tastes this bank holiday to complement our regular weekend Ely Markets. There’s something for all the family – whether you want to sample delicious foods or just browse. The atmosphere is buzzing and there is plenty of interest for everyone, whatever their taste.”
You’ll also find all your favourite Ely Markets stalls on the regular weekly Saturday Craft & Collectables Market, Farmers’ Market and Sunday Market alongside the visiting traders.
There’s lots of choice for all, food to try, gifts and produce to buy, come along and browse Ely Markets this bank holiday weekend.
The Flavours of the World Market is open from 10am until 4pm every day, along Ely High Street on Saturday and on Ely Market Place on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday alongside Ely Markets regular weekend markets.
Don’t miss out on the fun – head over to Ely Market Place and High Street on Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Bank Holiday Monday 29th May.
A free, family-friendly two-day event for vegans, v-curious, lovers of good food and all things vintage.
On Sunday 30th April and Bank Holiday Monday the 1st May, we are proud to announce our Ely Markets Vegan and Vintage Fair, the next in our series of events celebrating the diversity of the market. Running from 10am-4pm on both days, discover the region’s best vegan producers, vintage and vinyl, street food and bar, plus plenty to keep the children entertained.
Julia Davis of Ely Markets said “Ely Markets is pleased to host a fantastic event for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a foodie or just love vintage, come along to Ely market place on Sunday and Monday to check out some new tastes and browse the great choice on offer.”
Discover “Vegan Alley” along Dolphin Lane – aka a selection of much loved vegan stalls which feature twice a month at Ely Farmer’s Market with special guests. Traders confirmed already include KuraKura, Miss Molly & Food by Lizzi. Check out our vintage traders on Ely Market Place, browse everything from antique to mid-century, retro and almost modern alongside regular food and craft stalls from our weekly Sunday Market.
Bank holiday weekend is a wonderful time to visit Ely with foodie events taking place throughout the city – we look forward to welcoming you to the vegan and vintage fair – come along and show you love your local market!
Welcome to the 2017 Ely Markets Calendar. Here you’ll find the key dates for all our regular markets including bank holiday weekend markets. Make sure to keep an eye on the website for announcements of our annual special markets including another Ely Vegan Fair. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all our latest news.
We’d also like to take this chance to say a big thank you to everyone that supported our market in 2016, including our fantastic traders. We look forward to bringing you even more food, farmers produce, craft, collectables qand essentials in 2017. If there’s anything you’d like to see more of feel free to get in touch with us.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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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!