Wallingford adds an independent charm to the shopping experience found in the surrounding towns of Oxford and Reading. Wallingford is well recognised for the large proportion of independent shops it has on offer, which adds to the unique character of the town.
The shopping in the town is centred around pedestrianised St Mary’s Street and extends to St Leonards, along St Martins Street and the High Street, where you will find national chain stores comfortably trading side by side with local independently owned retailers.
The Lamb Arcade, once an old coaching inn, is home to a multitude of antique dealers all selling an assortment of items, from jewellery to furniture.
Wallingford is becoming a go to place for craft and art materials, and many of the towns shops have collaborated to create the Wallingford Craft Hub, you can find more details here.
The market place, which dates from Saxon times, hosts four markets selling everything from fruit and vegetables to unique crafts and gifts.
Charter Market: Wallingford’s oldest market, in operation since 12th Century. Takes place every Friday all day in the Market Place.
Farmers’ Market: Selling local produce. Every third Tuesday and first and fifth Saturday in the Market Place from 8.30am to 1pm.Country Market: Selling genuinely homemade produce. Fridays 9.30am to 12 noon in St Mary Le-More Church.
Local Producers Market: All products are grown, farmed and produced within 30 miles. Saturdays 10am to 1pm. More details here
April - 7th St Mary’s Church, 14th Market Place, 21st St Martin’s Street (St George’s Day event in the Market Place) 11am to 3pm and 28th Market Place
May - 5th, 19th and 26th St Mary’s Church and 12th Market Place
June - 2nd, 16th and 23rd St Mary’s Church and 9th Market Place. No market 30 June.
July - 7th, 21st and 28th in St Mary’s Church and 14th in the Market Place
August - 4th, 18th and 25th St Mary’s Church and 11th Market Place
September - no market 1st, 8th Market Place and 15th, 22nd and 29th St Mary’s Church