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The Marketplace
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6EN United Kingdom

Trading fairs or “marts” have been held in Boston since at least the 12th Century – the earliest historic record of a fair or “mart” is in 1132. It ran from St. Botolph’s Day (12th June) to 24th June. In 1218 a Patent was granted for Boston’s Fair. The earliest maps of Boston date from that time and the “Market Place” is indicated on them in its current location.

In 1545 Boston obtained its Charter of Incorporation from Henry VIII, via his son Edward VI. On 1st June John Robinson took office as the first Mayor of Boston, the 12 aldermen were sworn in and the Recorder and Town Clerk appointed. Amongst his other roles the Mayor was declared “Clerk of the Market”.

The original document beautifully illustrated and with its impressive royal seal, is kept in the Guildhall in South Street.  The charter contains the following reference:

“We have granted also… unto the said Mayor and Burgesses, and their successors, that they and their successors, for ever, shall have a free Market twice a week, that is to say, upon the Wednesday and Saturday…”

September 2020

Boston Market

September 19 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Wednesday and Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Market Place, The Marketplace
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6EN United Kingdom

No market town is complete without the hustle and bustle of it's market day, and Boston hosts traders from across the region each Wednesday and Saturday. Traditional market goods of fresh fruit, vegetables and meats are on offer, together with contemporary clothing, electronics and arts  & crafts. A stall can be made available on the market every Saturday for use by charities and local organisations. This can be used to sell products to raise money for the charity, or to…

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Craft and Gift Market

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until October 31, 2020

Market Place, The Marketplace
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6EN United Kingdom
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The Boston Craft and Gift Market will re-open from Thursday 30th of July and will continue on the last Thursday of each month. Get bespoke and unique items that are perfect for gifts or treats for yourself! Please remember to follow social distancing advice. Stalls cost £7. If you'd like to trade, please email events@boston.gov.uk for more info.

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November 2020

Christmas Market

November 26 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Market Place, The Marketplace
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6EN United Kingdom
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The Boston Christmas Market will include live entertainment in the evening, stalls to browse on Wide Bargate, a fire garden display by Transported Arts and the Lights Switch on by Christmas In Boston. *Funded by Boston Town Area Committee

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December 2020

Boston Market – Visit from Santa’s Reindeer

December 19 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Market Place, The Marketplace
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6EN United Kingdom

The Boston Market will be joined by Santa's Reindeer on Saturday 19th of December!   No market town is complete without the hustle and bustle of it's market day, and Boston hosts traders from across the region each Wednesday and Saturday. Traditional market goods of fresh fruit, vegetables and meats are on offer, together with contemporary clothing, electronics and arts  & crafts. A stall can be made available on the market every Saturday for use by charities and local organisations.…

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