Faringdon Market Place


Faringdon Market Place

The historic market town of Faringdon was given it’s charter in 1218 by King Henry III the weekly market exists to this day.

The Egyptian statue (bottom right) can be seen from the Radcot road, was once in the gardens of Crystal Palace. In 1957 it was bought at auction and placed in the grounds of Faringdon House by Robert Heber-Percy, heir and former partner of Lord Berners. The statue depicts Africa embracing Egypt.

All Saint’s Church overlooks the Market Square, its squat tower still missing its steeple, which was destroyed during the Civil War.

Faringdon Markets

A weekly market is held on Tuesdays in the Market Square (8.30am-1.00pm). Each Friday an indoor Country Market takes place in the Corn Exchange.

Faringdon Farmers’ Market is held on the first Tuesday, with a Saturday Market on the third weekend of every month.

Saturday markets are often themed, referencing the season or events running if the town.

Charity Market in February.

May sees the Blackbird Day Market, when market goers can sample some blackbird pie.

Young Traders’ Market in July.

Lord Berners’ birthday is marked in September.

Celebration of locally grown apples in October.

Christmas Markets are held at the annual Christmas Light Switch-on with another a few days before Christmas Day.


Faringdon Market Place

Open all year

Faringdon Community
and Tourist Information Centre
The Pump House
5 Market Place, Faringdon
Oxfordshire SN7 7HL
01367 242191

2 hours FREE parking

Something for the kids!

Faringdon FUN (Frivolously Unnecessary Notices) Trail

There are a number of silly signs (or Frivolously Unnecessary Notices (FUN) as some call them), placed on a number of buildings in and around Faringdon Market Place. Over the years some of signs were lost due to being plastered or painted over, but all have now been revealed and restored. It is believed that the twelve signs were originally put up at the instigation of Lord Berners in 1935.

Independent Shops in Faringdon

Little Dutch Shop
Interesting gifts and curios

Crafters Emporium – Faringdon
Supporting handmade products by small UK businesses

Pat Thomas Butchers
Locally sourced meat & poultry

The Mustard Seed
A comprehensive selection of Fairtrade foods and fairly traded crafts

Orafric Jewellers
Wedding and engagement rings, gifts, gold, silverware, jewellery, repairs, valuations and gem testing

Piano Gallery
Independent piano specialist with over 20 years of experience in the retail of fine acoustic pianos

Aston Pine
Antique pine and architectural salvage

Oxford Architectural Antiques
A large assortment of antique furniture as well as a diverse collection of architectural salvage

Auntie’s Emporium
Antiques and pine

The London Street Barbers
Quality gents hairdressing

The Barbers
Gents hairdressing

The Turkish Barber
Gents hairdressing

The Retreat
Faringdon Hair & Beauty Company

V.I.P. Hair and Beauty Studio
Hair and beauty treatments

Mae’s Café
More than just a sandwiches

Sheffords Bakery
Fresh bread, cakes and sandwiches made to order

Lush Looking Cakes
Beautiful cakes for special occasions

Other shops
Making coffee an experience

As they say – Every little helps!

McColls Newsagent & Post Office


There’s plenty to do on a visit to Faringdon, here’s a few suggestions.

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