Exploring the Enchanting Oxford Covered Market

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Exploring the Enchanting Oxford Covered Market

Tucked away amidst the historic streets of Oxford, the Covered Market is a hidden gem that offers an enchanting shopping experience like no other. This charming market, steeped in history, showcases a vibrant mix of independent retailers, making it a true haven for shoppers seeking unique treasures.

A Shopping Wonderland

Step inside, and you’ll find a treasure trove of delights. The Covered Market is a ‘one stop shop’ where you can explore a diverse range of goods. From delectable food and drink to exquisite gifts, fashion, flowers, hats, and jewellery, the market has something for everyone. It’s a place where tradition meets innovation, with many businesses being family-owned and passed down through generations.

More Than Just Shopping

Beyond the shopping, the Covered Market invites you to enjoy moments of relaxation and indulgence. There’s a selection of places to eat, drink, and unwind, allowing you to soak in the unique market atmosphere. And if you plan your visit for Thursday to Saturday evenings, you’re in for a treat. The market comes alive with live music, skill-building workshops, and even some comedy. It’s a perfect way to combine leisure and entertainment while experiencing the heart of Oxford. Please check their website for event details.

Exciting Happenings at Oxford Covered Market

The Covered Market is more than just a place for shopping; it’s a hub of activity and entertainment. Here’s a glimpse of the exciting events you can look forward to:

Crafty Kids Do Sundays (Every Sunday, 10 am – 12 pm, The Market Tap by Tap Social)

Sundays are for family fun! Take your little ones to The Market Tap by Tap Social for a delightful morning filled with creativity. From colouring to puzzles, painting to moulding, and even some building fun, there’s a whole array of engaging activities awaiting babies, toddlers, and young creative geniuses. Plus, indulge in sweet treats fresh from the Proof Bakehouse, including the legendary doughnuts and cinnamon buns. Sip on fruit juices and coffees to kickstart your day, all while making cherished memories with your kids.

Stitch n’ B*tch (Every Saturday, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, The Woolhound)

Calling all knitting and crochet enthusiasts! Saturdays are your time to unwind and create with like-minded crafters. Join in at The Woolhound for a cozy knitting and crochet session. They provide hot drinks and delicious biscuits to keep your creative energies flowing. It’s the perfect opportunity to work on your projects, share ideas, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow crafters.

Emma Hunter Live (Saturday, 30th September, 8 pm, The Market Tap by Tap Social)

Mark your calendars for a captivating evening with Emma Hunter. This talented artist creates emotive, 1950s Flamenco-inspired guitar music. Her performances feature layered loops and complex, harmonious vocals that transport you into an evocative, cinematic soundscape. It’s a musical experience you won’t want to miss.

Meet Drop Project Brewing Co (Thursday, 26th October, 7 pm, The Market Tap by Tap Social)

Beer enthusiasts, this one’s for you! Fresh from its appearance at Tap Social’s CHANGE IS BREWING beer festival in August, London-based craft brewery Drop Project returns to Oxford for an unforgettable evening. Join co-founder Joseph Simo for a tap takeover and guided tasting. Your ticket includes 1/3 pint pours of four fresh Drop Project beers on draught, as well as discounted cans and pints. It’s a beer lover’s dream come true, with more surprises in store.

These events are just a taste of the vibrant happenings at the Covered Market. From family-friendly activities to musical performances and craft gatherings. There’s always something exciting going on here!

A Diverse Culinary Journey

One of the remarkable aspects of the Covered Market is its cultural diversity. Alongside traditional English offerings, you can embark on a culinary journey around the world. From English fry-ups to global cuisines, the market caters to every palate. To celebrate this diversity, the market created the award-winning video series “Around the World in the Market.” It’s a fascinating exploration of the traders’ backgrounds and how they’ve shaped their businesses.

A Slice of History

The Covered Market has a rich history dating back to the 1770s. It started with twenty butcher shops designed by architect John Gwynn, known for Magdalen Bridge. Over the years, it expanded into the delightful destination it is today.

Opening Hours at Oxford Covered Market

The market welcomes visitors throughout the week:

Monday to Wednesday: 8 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday to Saturday: 8 am to 11 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Bank Holidays: 10 am to 4 pm

However, individual traders may have specific trading hours, so it’s a good idea to check with them.

Explore the Market

Here’s just a glimpse of what you can find at the Covered Market:

  • Booners Oxford: Local fruit and vegetables.
  • Blue Blood Sports: Sports equipment.
  • Brothers Café: Fresh Greek and Mediterranean dishes.
  • Colombia Coffee Roasters: A family run business who serve Speciality Colombian coffee and snacks.
  • David John Butchers: Family run butchers selling fresh and cooked meats, pies, and quiches.
  • Donburi Inn: Chinese and Japanese cuisine.
  • Gulp Fiction: Independent bookshop with beverages.
  • IScream: Homemade Gelato and sorbets.
  • The Market Cellar Door: Organic and natural wines.
  • Teardrop Bar: Local drinks and craft beer.
  • The Cake Shop: Premium celebration cakes.
  • The Market Tap by Tap Social: Café, bottleshop, and craft beer bar.
  • The Oxford Soap Company: A family run business that designs and creates handmade soap and cosmetics.
  • Sofi De France: European-style café.
  • Sartorelli’s Pizza: Neapolitan style wood-fired pizzas.
  • Pieminister: Award-winning pies.
  • Puggi Yoggi: Freshly made yogurt smoothies.
  • The Woolhound: Wool supplies and knitting/crochet classes.
  • Y.O.U: Sustainable underwear and lifestyle shop.

Discover the magic of Oxford’s Covered Market, where tradition, innovation, and diverse cultures unite to offer a truly unique shopping and dining experience.


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