Spooktacular Market to celebrate 700 years of the market charter in Shepton Mallet

The vibrant Sunday market returns to Shepton Mallet this weekend with a spooktacular event planned.

On October, 21 the monthly Sunday market will fill the market place in Shepton Mallet from 10am - 3pm. The market will be a celebration of the 700th anniversary of the market Charter. A week before All Hallows day the event will have a spooky theme and people are invited to feast at the market and come wearing fancy dress to celebrate this very special market.  

In 1318 King Edward II granted Shepton Mallet its Market Charter. A general produce market was established every Monday, and has now been held on the same site every week for nearly seven centuries. At some time between 1318 and 1641, the market was moved to Friday, and remains so to this day. Market stalls, or shambles, were set up, and a replica of a fourteenth century shamble can still be seen in the market place today. To mark this momentous achievement there will be a display of pictures and photographs of the market place through the ages.

Cllr Nigel Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services and Community Health, said; "The Shepton Sunday Market is growing every month and the October market will be a great celebration of the history of markets in Shepton Mallet. We hope the community come together to celebrate what this market town has to offer."

The YMCA youth group will be face painting at the event, there will be an All Hallows shop window trail for the children, Dorothy House Hospice will be selling raffle tickets and the Resilience Voyage Bus will be attending!

Resilience Voyage will be launching at the Shepton Sunday Market and will then travel to Frome market on the October 27. The drugs bus is an exciting and unique way for young people to learn about substances. The bus is an interactive and stimulating event held on a double decker bus. Aimed at students but also to help parents understand the issues facing young people.

The council are also reminding people attending the market that free parking is available in Shepton Mallet on the day of the monthly Sunday market.

For more information about the Shepton Sunday Market visit Shepton Mallet Market or the Facebook page @sheptonsundaymarket