Lots of Market traders cheering to camera

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

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.  We’re packing in events throughout the year.

When you visit on any day you’ll see the market is now bursting with 250th Anniversary bunting sporting our special 250th Anniversary edition Covered Market logo, we’ve brand new Anniversary banners over all our entrances, and don’t forget to seek out those special limited edition 250th tote bags!

Big crowd of Covered market traders holding up 250th Anniversary sign and cheering to camera




Friday 13 September 2024

It simply wouldn’t right if this special year went by without a big party for everyone to come together and raise a glass to all the amazing people throughout it’s 250 year history that have made the market the much loved historical landmark it is today.

Tickets will be free. There will be music, dance, and so much more.  Keep an eye on the Covered Market’s website and social media channels for news of when tickets will be released.

We can’t wait to see you there!


We’ve already seen a special 250th edition Easter Egg Hunt and we’ve hosted an extra special 250 May Mornings where music and dance filled the market while May Morning revellers came in to refuel.

Next up, from midday Thurs July 25th there’s a family-friendly Market Street Party as we celebrate the trial transformation of Market Street’s brand new makeover. Yes we’re still making history! Follow this link for more details of what will be happening and who will be serenading us into the evening.

…and keep that 250th Anniversary party date saved for Friday 13 September!

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

That’s not all, watch this space and keep an eye on our social media for more exciting events and activies as the year unfolds.