Lots of Market traders cheering to camera

It’s 2024 and we’ve been a continually operating market for an incredible 250 years!

We’ve a zest for market life that has no sign of slowing down, the market is positively buzzing

Market traders gathered together in the market cheering

Let the Celebrations begin!

To celebrate our big 2-5-0 we’re not just going to cut a cake, we’ve decided to dedicate the whole of 2024 to our 250th Anniversary.  When you visit you’ll see the market is now bursting with 250th Anniversary bunting sporting our special Anniversary edition Covered Market logo, and we’ve got brand new Anniversary banners over all our entrances to welcome our regulars and new visitors to the market.


Throughout the year the market will be offering a whole host of 250th-themed celebration events and activities in collaboration with our traders. These events include a special 250th edition Easter Egg Hunt, an extra special May Morning bursting with music and dancing, and later in the year we’ll be hosting a super exciting 250th birthday party.

In addition we’ll be rolling out all kinds of 250th-related activities and historic facts and discoveries celebrating how the Covered Market has evolved over its long and fruitful history.

three people smiling and holding up Covered Market 250th Celebration bunting

Three members of the public looking at historic pictures of the Covered Market and smiling

Play your role in our history

Can you imagine the stories the market could tell if it could talk? Sadly, it can’t talk – but you can! We would love to hear your treasured memories, family stories and fun anecdotes about the market. So we can do our best to capture the role the market has played in people’s lives. You may have grown up shopping in the market, or members of your family have been market traders, or maybe it was a one-off memorable visit.   We’re keen to hear your story and see any photos or artifacts you might like us to consider sharing and maybe you can be part of Covered Market history for the next 250 years of traders and visitors to enjoy.

You can send in your stories and photos to cmevents@oxford.gov.uk

250 May Mornings in the market.

Can you believe it!  The Covered Market has seen 250 May Mornings sing out across Oxford, and to mark this particularly special year more traders than ever before were open from 6am to help people refuel.  The central square also came alive with music and dance as Oxford City and University Morris, and Borderline Morris treated us to some fantastic dancing.  We also welcomed to special local folk bands,  Mitch and Jack from Moonaroon, and James McCafferty from Mi Lady Clairs Musik who specialised in playing the hits of the 1770’s!   It was so fantastic to see the space come alive and welcome in folk session players for the rest of the day too.  What a day. Thank you to everyone who came and helped make it a May Morning to go down in yet more market history!


Five pictures. One of people celebrating may morning, one of Browns cafe owner holding up a cup of tea and smiling, picture of morris dancers in costume eating breakfast in Sofi de France, picture of takeaway may day fried english breakfast, picture of cafe owner smiling at the camera over his counter at sofi de france

Watch this space!

To keep abreast of what’s happening, this page will evolve into an all singing all dancing one stop 250th Anniversary shop.  You’ll find events details, a gallery of our latest discoveries and links to all kinds of historic information so you can learn more about the market’s history, and our plans to ensure this historic hub continues to thrive well into the future.