100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 6 – Go Shopping at a Market

Christchurch Market

I love going shopping in Christchurch; it’s compact but has everything you need, from high street chains to small shops, plus a range of restaurants, bars and cafes.

EventChristchurch Market
VenueChristchurch High Street
DayMonday
Time9 am – 3 pm

On Mondays, the High Street is closed to vehicles and Christchurch Market takes over. It runs from 9 am until 3 pm and there are around 50 stalls selling a variety of goods.

Christchurch Market
Christchurch Market

Christchurch High Street is easily accessible by train and bus. There are several car park options. I usually choose Bank Close Car Park, at the top of the High Street. Parking costs £1 for two hours, which I find is sufficient time to combine a walk through Druitt Gardens, along the Quay, back through the Priory, finishing with a wander up the High Street for shopping.

Christchurch Market
Christchurch Market

There’s a wide range of stalls at the market, from food to plants to books to furniture. There are also street food and beverage vendors. Here are some of my favourites:

Christchurch Market
Christchurch Market

Bakery

A wide variety of bread and other baked goods, such as pies and pasties are on sale at this stall. All freshly baked and smelling amazing, it’s difficult to walk past without stopping to purchase something.

Baked goods at Christchurch Market
Baked goods at Christchurch Market

Indian Food

Like it says on the stall – delicious and tasty. I love the samosas and bhajis from this stall and can’t resist starting the week with some Indian snacks.

Indian food at Christchurch Market
Indian food at Christchurch Market
Samosas and bhajis
Lunch sorted

Fruit & Veg

In my opinion, the produce on sale here is so much nicer than supermarket fruit and veg. And usually cheaper too. And there’s way less plastic packaging involved, so it’s better for the environment too. So shopping here is a win-win-win situation.

Fruit & Veg at Christchurch Market
Fruit & Veg at Christchurch Market

Boscombe Market

Boscombe Market is somewhat smaller than Christchurch Market. It takes place on Thursdays and Sundays in the Pedestrian Precinct. The website says it runs from 9-5, but to be honest, stallholders seem to pack up somewhat earlier than this. Stalls include Fruit & Veg, fish, plants, clothes and street food. The smell of goat curry often pervades the precinct and smells divine.

EventBoscombe Market
VenueBoscombe Pedestrian Precinct
DayThursday and Saturday
Time9 am – 5 pm *

The Precinct is adjacent to Boscombe Bus Station, so the market is very easy to reach by public transport. Parking in the Sovereign Centre Car Park costs £1 for an hour (£1.50 for 2 hours).

Boscombe Market
Boscombe Market

Poole Market

EventPoole Market
VenuePoole High Street
DayThursday and Saturday
Time9 am – 4 pm

Poole Market also takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays, in Poole High Street from 9 am to 3 pm.

Poole Market
Poole Market

Author: Jane's Midlife Journey

Stopped work, started travelling. Sometimes I run - combining the two with some parkrun tourism.

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