I've known Bury Market for 46 years and seen it change character completely. It's a 2 day market, Wednesday's and Saturdays, but the Wednesday market is a small affair compared to Saturdays. It relied on the old Cattle Market to draw customers and since that has gone, it's not fared well.
Parking is the big drawback here. There is nothing within easy distance of the market unless you want to pay high prices to park behind the new arc shopping centre (yes, deliberate small 'a', no-one ever found out why!). Oh yes, toilets. Well, none, really. The only one is within the arc and really well hidden.
The new arc centre effectively cuts the market off from the shoppers, with a proposed link having never been built. Be careful if you cross from the market to the arc, as the road between is supposed to be closed to traffic, but no-one takes any notice.
The market still offers some choice but nothing like it was. Fruit and Veg is the big seller here and the other traders come and go. Ian's food stall, at the top of St. John's St, is a must. Great value and some unusual foods you won't find anywhere else in Bury. All in all, well worth a visit to take in some local character and find a few quirky stalls from the Casual Traders, but January is a really bad month for it. Over half the stalls don't bother with January.
Take time to visit Moyse's Hall museum which is located in the Market Square.
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