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 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, operates the Market and 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.
Tender Open for Totnes Christmas Festival 2021
An invitation to tender has been released for the provision of Totnes Christmas Festival Nights – the first three Tuesdays of December 2021.
This will now be a smaller scale community event, however the professional management is still of the upmost important following the impact of Coronavirus. The Town Council wishes to appoint an independent coordinator to deliver and oversee the event in conjunction with the Council.
The deadline for applications is midday 17th August to enable Councillors to consider applications, interview applicants and someone in good time.