bunches of daffodils and tulips

Springtime in the Covered Market sees shops bloom with bright fresh colours, as the prospect of warmer days creates a wonderful feeling of hope.

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Springtime produce

Bonners Fruit and Veg are brimming with fantastically fresh and local produce. This is prime time for tender spring greens and deliciously golden new potatoes. For the Oxford Cheese Company, this is a wonderful time for their spring cheese collection.  There’s a superb fresh creamy wild garlic cheese by Jumi plus a wonderfully gooey vacherin-style cheese called Winslade. Both are highly seasonal so don’t delay in getting yours.

David John Butchers have the first of this year’s spring lamb. As well as New Zealand lamb, they also recommend their locally sourced lamb from Aylesbury.

Refresh your wardrobe

It’s spring collection time for our clothing and accessory retailers. Next To Nothing owner Sam Mellish always looks forward to getting in the fresh new spring collection.

With the wedding season on the way and Royal Ascot around the corner did you know that The Hat Box are not only master hat fitters, they can help you custom design your very own hat so you can really stand out from the crowd.

Y.O.U Underwear owner Sarah Jordan has a particular talent for light and bright underwear designs and nightwear. They’re also dedicated to sustainable, ethical retail.  You’ll also see Nothing can easily finish off any new springtime look with their vast array of accessories and brightly coloured bags. For bags we also have Pingui Bags International and Fedele Oxford.  Fancy a spring themed sock? Look no further than Soctopus. There’s a sock there for absolutely everyone!!!

a straw wide brimmed hat, a yellow jumper with white multicoloured scarf, a selection of brightly coloured earings and necklaces

mugs in bright stripy colours, daffodils and tulips, crystal eggs

At home with Spring

We’re so lucky to have not one but two flower shops, The Garden and Jemini. Both florists are bursting at the seams with daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and anemones as well as potted plants, seeds and summer bulbs ready for planting.

Marion, the owner of A Woollen Cosy Life, loves receiving new spring/summer colours – perfect for comfy summer nights. Pop over to Oxford Soap Company and you’ll be enchanted by the fragrances emanating from their vast array of aromatic handmade soaps.

How about some decorative crystals for getting back in touch with nature – Sarah-Jane from Crystal Spirit Emporium can advise you on the perfect way to welcome those spring vibes and make your shelving sing with natural beauty.

Springtime revelry…

The Oxford Folk Festival, April 19th – 21st – We’re so excited for the return of the Market Stage for the third year running! It’s always such a lovely gathering of incredible local acts bringing the market’s central square alive with music. This year The Market Tap are taking over the reins hosting the Covered Market’s Market Stage. The good people at the Folk Festival have been busy programming an incredible selection of local folk artists for the stage from traditional to experimental, and all local artist stages are free.  Find out more by heading to The Oxford Folk Festival’s linktree.

May Morning in the Market – To mark 250 May mornings in the market, we’ve been planning an extra special  contribution for this years May Day celebrations.  This year – in collaboration with The Market Tap – we’re adding music and dance too. So once you’ve refilled at our May Morning cafe hang outs Brown’s Cafe, Sofi de France, Gulp Fiction, The Market Tap, Brothers, Taylors Oxford and Colombia Coffee, – who all open at 6am specially –  then head to the central market square where from 6:30am – 11am you can soak in a special 250th exploration into folk through the ages in music and dance.



Crowds of morris dancers, takeaway may day fried breakfast and breakfast baguette, a folk band playing called Jims Jammers