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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…”

July 2020

Boston Market

July 11 @ 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

July 30 @ 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. If you'd like to trade, please email events@boston.gov.uk

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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 throughout the day, over 40 stalls to browse in the Market Place and Wide Bargate, the Illuminate Parade 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 Festive Market and Santa Fun Run

December 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Market Place, The Marketplace
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6EN United Kingdom
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The Festive Market will return for 2020! There will be a selection of stalls, live entertainment, the Santa Fun run and more! The Santa Fun Run is organised by Boston Community Runners. *Funded by Boston Town Area Committee

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