Posted 29 June 2016
Whatever you are looking for a special gift for someone, treating yourself or would just like to while away a pleasant afternoon – for retail therapy, look no further than Chelmsford. With a huge range of shopping facilities from High Street to boutique, there is something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. Filled with the best in High Street names, two shopping arcades, a lively market culture and more individual and exclusive shopping streets tucked away here and there, the town centre is well worth exploring. Beyond that, there are plenty more shopping experiences to discover just a short walk, drive or bus ride away
Each area has its individual atmosphere and range of shops, and this guide will hopefully encourage you to explore them all. If you haven’t got time to experience it all, well there’s always another day…
Fairtrade Town In 2005, Chelmsford became the first town in the Eastern Region to be awarded Fairtrade Town status by the Fairtrade Foundation. Chelmsford Borough Council and various community organisations, churches, schools and individuals across the town, support the Chelmsford Fairtrade Town Campaign by providing or selling Fairtrade products.
The Fairtrade Foundation exists to improve the position of poor and marginalised producers in the developing world.
Town Centre In 1199, a royal charter was passed permitting a weekly market to be held on Fridays at ‘Chelmersford in Essex’, and over 800 years later, Chelmsford’s market tradition is alive and well. While the town centre boasts two shopping arcades – High Chelmer and The Meadows – and the best in High Street names, the indoor Retail Market and the regular High Street markets and Gourmet Food Fayres provide a refreshing buzz and atmosphere with all of their own.
Markets Chelmsford Retail Market is over 800 years old and is still thriving. Located in the High Chelmer multi-story car park, the market boasts over 100 stalls and kiosks and is open five days a week (extended to seven during Christmas). Stalls vary throughout the week, so visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/market or call 01245 605717 for more information.
Continuing its vibrant market heritage, Chelmsford High Street plays host to a variety of regular and travelling markets. Every Friday there is a Gourmet Food Fayre, with local and regional stall holders selling such delicacies as freshly baked goods, olives, cheeses, game, sausages, fruit, confectionary and Indian cuisine. Every Saturday there is a High Street Market with food stall holders being joined by crafts, jewellery and gifts. Throughout the year, a variety of travelling markets visits the town including Continental and Christmas markets, bringing the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the world with them. For more information about Chelmsford’s High Street markets visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/foodmarkets or call 01245 606811