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The Oxford Covered Market

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The Covered Market
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3DY United Kingdom

The Market was officially opened in 1774 and has a unique and wonderful atmosphere. It provides its visitors with the wonderful aromas of fresh fruit, coffee, and fresh baking and to a feast of sights and sounds.

In 1772 the original Market committee accepted an estimate for nine hundred and sixteen pounds and ten shillings for the building of twenty butchers’ shops. John Gwynn, the architect for Magdalen Bridge drew up the plans and designed the High Street frontage. Twenty more shops soon followed and from this, the market grew into the delight it is now. 

The Covered Market is home to numerous traders selling a captivating variety of goods. Fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and cakes, meats, cheeses, fine foods, flowers, leather goods, shoes, watches and jewelry, clothing, gifts, hats and so much more are on offer – the mix is electrifying.

When taking a break from browsing the goods there’s a mouth-watering choice of places to eat and drink to choose from. Whatever you are tempted with – a ciabatta, a cappuccino or a cake – you will always find something to satisfy in Oxford’s Covered Market.

Opening details

Monday 09.00 – 17.30 
Tuesday 09.00 – 17.30 
Wednesday 09.00 – 17.30 
Thursday 09.00 – 17.30 
Friday 09.00 – 17.30 
Saturday 09.00 – 17.30 
Sunday 10.00 – 16.00 
Extended opening times over the Christmas shopping period.


Free entry

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August 2019

August 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Performances Tuesday – Saturday, 23 August – 28 September, 7:30pm. Selected Mondays.

Don Quixote

The Oxford Covered Market, The Covered Market
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3DY United Kingdom
£23 – £25

Adapted and directed by Jonathan Holloway, Creation Theatre’s Don Quixote will remain faithful to Cervantes’ beautiful paean to growing old while simultaneously re-fashioning it as a fable for our times, in Oxford's Covered Market. A Honda 50cc moped represents a noble steed, a folding Formica topped camping table accommodates a great feast, the woman in accounts handing out the P45s stands-in as Dom’s unattainable beauty, Dulcinea del Toboso. Sometimes almost unbearably moving, our evening of ghosts and dreams celebrates the…

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