Totnes is known as an attractive market town, across the SW the market is very much part of the town’s identity. It has had a market for many centuries. Until 1955 the space the pannier market now occupies was a dedicated, covered Market Hall that was burnt down. It now shares its space with the Civic Hall, a car park and a public highway.
Totnes Market operates every Friday and Saturday on the Market Square and part of the Civic Hall car park. The opening times are 8.45 am to 4.30 pm (November to March) and 8.45 am to 5.30 pm (April to October). In addition there is a monthly Totnes Good Food market held on the third Sunday throughout the year.
On regular market days there are 59 pitches in all, 26 of which are sited on the Market Square fronting the High Street, 12 under the Civic Hall and the remainder on the small car park to the rear. The stalls in the Market Square are predominantly food and produce. The rear of the market comprises a range of Collectable and Vintage stalls.
South Hams District Council owns the Market Square area and operates the Market. The Pannier Market is managed from within the South Hams District Council Street Scene Services Team. Devon County Council have responsibility for the highway that traverses the Market Square and the Town Council manage and maintain the Civic Hall.