Corsham may be seen as a tiny village with a low population and nothing to do. This is definitely not the case as its traditional medieval architecture will keep the culture seekers busy and its beautiful hills and scenery will keep nature lovers occupied. It is a curious mixture of old and new in Corsham town and this also applies to your shopping experience. There is something to suit everyone’s tastes here, with its interesting mix of traditional markets and modern shops to browse through.
The main market in the high street of Corsham was re-opened for business after a ten year break and is thriving as before. Open every Tuesday from eight in the morning until 3pm, traders sell plenty of fresh local produce including meats, fresh fruit and veg, fish, fine fresh breads and cakes, dairy products and pet food. A traditional market, it is great for those who want to pick up their fresh meats and fish for the week. Also sold at the weekly market are handbags, cards, flowers, plants and herbs. Tourists can come and pick up a keepsake from the market to bring home. There is a sociable atmosphere and a sense of community spirit at the busy market and in the local area.
The Farmers Market also runs in Corsham. It runs in various locations in Wiltshire throughout the year and runs every third Saturday of the month in Corsham town. Often the trader is the producer of the goods sold therefore can answer any queries shoppers may have. The produce is always locally sourced with the view to saving on transportation and thus not harming the environment. Also the produce is not factory farmed and there are no GM foods sold.
A relatively new addition to Corsham is the running of a French Market and an Italian Market. The first Italian market was so successful and brought so many tourists into the small town that it has become a regular event. This sells fresh Italian produce such as cheeses, olive oils, fresh breads, and drinking chocolate. The French market, also selling traditional French foods and goods, was devised as a result of Corsham’s long-standing twinning relationship with the town of Jargeau in France. The Italian and French themed markets do not run on a weekly or monthly basis therefore it is best to check when either market will be in the high street before you go. Both of these are run by Wiltshire Council as is the weekly market.
The high street is filled with local boutiques and shops as well as plenty of coffee shops, delis and restaurants for a break from shopping. A lot of the shops in Corsham are independently owned but they do have some well-known stores to browse through. The Martingate Centre is the main shopping centre on the high street of Corsham. It has many independent shops such as the Corsham Bookshop and Corsham Greengrocers but also has well known stores such as Boots. There are plenty of clothing boutiques and shoe shops to find some items that no one else has.
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