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Dorset Farmers' Markets


The beautiful town of Shaftesbury was founded by the Saxons and in medieval times became an important pilgrimage site. In later centuries it was a centre for button making and served as a coaching stop on the main route to the West Country.

It features famous landmarks such as Gold Hill (of Hovis fame) and the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey; the equally impressive Town Hall at the top of the High Street is the venue for the monthly farmers’ market and stands next to the medieval St. Peter’s Church.

The town also boasts a very good selection of fine independent shops which are worth a visit and compliment the 15 or so local producers who attend the Shaftesbury farmers’ market. offering a wide variety of food and drink. The market is held on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9am - 1pm.