Markets have been a feature in St Ives since 1100. Although the famous cloth and cattle markets no longer exist, the town still has regular markets, held twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. Both are situated in Market Hill and on the Sheepmarket. The Monday market is normally bigger than those held on Fridays.
Award Winning Farmers Market
St Ives also has a Farmers Market that takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. High quality local produce is available from the stalls on the Sheepmarket, from 8.30am to 2.00pm. This prime town centre position makes it easily accessible to shoppers and an integral part of town centre Saturday trading. The Market was started in 2003 and had been a FARMA Farmers Market of the Year Finalist for three consecutive years until this March when it officially became the Best Farmers Market in the country winning FARMA's Farmers Market of the Year for 2015.
Not only is St Ives Farmers Market the best in the country, but the range of goods on sale knocked all the competition into a ‘cocked hat’!
Historic Bank Holiday Markets
The most well known markets in St Ives are the Spring and August Bank Holiday markets, which are much bigger and have been drawing crowds from far and wide for many years.