Voted ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’ in 2019, this latest accolade is further recognition of the impact and influence that Bury Market has had in the north west over the past 500 years, and continues to.
Attracting thousands of locals and visitors from further afield every week, the award-winning market has plenty to offer, from clothing and home furnishings, to fresh food and pet accessories.
Here are just a few reasons why we love Bury Market and recommend that you should check it out - sooner rather than later!
1. Browse a range of eclectic stalls across the market
Recognised as the north west’s leading market, Bury Market showcases the wonderful diversity of the town across all of its areas, including the Open Market, Market Halls, and Market Parade.
Available three days a week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, the Open Market boasts over 300 stalls, housed under canopies for traditional al-fresco, weather-protected shopping, and offers exotic, special treats to day-to-day necessities.
Visitors can also head to the fantastic Market Hall, described as one of the ‘best equipped and most architecturally striking market halls in the north west’ with its 'bird-wing' roof. Open Monday to Saturday, the hall is home to 60 businesses, ranging from hardware, electrical goods, and locksmiths, to clothing, hair and beauty, and shoe repairs.
And located at the rear of the Market Hall is the Market Parade, consisting of regularly refreshed 26 stalls - you’re likely to find something new each time you visit!
2. Find fresh produce at the indoor Fish and Meat Hall
At the heart of Bury Market sits a state-of-the-art Fish and Meat Hall.
Every year, the market attracts thousands of shoppers who are drawn to the fresh and varied produce and amazing bargains found at the hall by high-quality butchers and fishmongers.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a warm smile, friendly chatter and stallholders announcing the ‘deals of the day’, creating a bustling and lively environment like no other.
The Fish and Meat Hall continues to be an essential, enduring part of Bury Market’s diverse offering, and with a sustained focus on supporting our local, independent businesses, it’s certainly worth checking out.
3. Treat your tastebuds to a wide spectrum of flavours
Not just home to a variety of stalls and stores, Bury Market also features an abundance of multicultural cafes and takeaways.
Shoppers can stop for a bite to eat and enjoy a continental platter, Greek meze, Indian street food, much-loved fish and chips, English breakfasts, toasted sandwiches, the local delicacy of Bury black pudding, and more. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
4. Shop comfortably as safety measures continue
Despite the lifting of restrictions, Bury Market continues to have a range of measures in place to ensure the safety of shoppers and traders.
Though no longer mandatory, shoppers are encouraged to wear face coverings when in the Market Hall and Fish and Meat Hall, as well as make use of the hand sanitising stations around the market to reduce the risk of infection and transmission.
As safety remains a priority for the market, it kindly asks visitors to continue to be cautious and follow the procedures in place to create a safe and enjoyable shopping experience for all.
5. Make a day of it and visit nearby attractions
Situated in the heart of the town, Bury Market is a brilliant starting destination to experience all Bury has to offer.
Close by is The Met, an award-winning live music and theatre venue, where you can enjoy evening entertainment with friends; or head down to Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre to view an awe-inspiring range of international and local art and discover the rich history of the market town.
Or why not visit the Fusilier Museum, located in Bury’s Cultural Quarter? Discover 300 years of heritage and history of local servicemen and women, through to the modern day.
Families can also embark on a journey like no other on the East Lancs Railway. Climb aboard a magnificent heritage steam train or dazzling diesel model, and explore the great outdoors and fantastic market towns of East Lancashire.
Experience Bury in all its glory
Throughout the year, Bury Market hosts a variety of events and activities that further add to its character, including food and craft markets, community farm animals, birds of prey roadshows, stilt walkers, and lots more.
Offering a unique shopping experience and a great day out for all ages, local or not, Bury Market is a must-visit!