Oxford Covered Market survey

- and children's quiz!

16 March 2021

Oxford Covered Market Bonner's fruit & veg
Bonner’s greengrocers
Photo: Oxford City Council

We are working with the City’s Regeneration Manager and other parties to put together a proposal to revitalise Oxford’s historic Covered Market. A fully worked-up scheme will be submitted to the Council towards the end of 2021 for approval and the necessary funding.

We want to consult our members and members of the public to get a wide range of views on the form and function of the Market. We have set up a survey to collect people’s views. The survey is here; please take 5 – 7 minutes to answer the survey so we can gather views and include them in our response. When doing so please think back to the time before COVID-19 when there was freedom to move around without restriction.

The closing date for responding to the survey is 5pm on 8 April 2021.

Thank you for taking part.

Kids’ Market Quiz!

picture of kid's quiz formEven under the current lockdown the Covered Market’s food and other essential stalls are open for business, and all stalls should be able to open on 12 April. So you can visit any time to look around (though many of the food stalls close at 3pm at the moment). It’s a great place to take the young ones in your life, especially on a wet day, and there’s plenty for them to see. Take our “I Spy” quiz with you and see how many of the things they can spot. When you’ve finished or had enough head for the Oxford Cheese Company – the cheese shop at the back of the market (the Market Street side, the side away from the High Street) – and claim a sticker as a reward! You can tweet us too on @oxcivicsoc to let us know how your young people got on with the quiz.

Visit the Covered Market’s website for up to date information about opening times. At the time of writing these were Monday – Saturday 8am – 5.30pm; Sunday – Closed. The 5.30 closing time may vary; the market will close each day after the last trader has closed. Note too that the Oxford Cheese Company shop is usually closed on Mondays so you won’t be able to get a sticker!

View or download the quiz here – but beware – the answers are on Page 2!

5 thoughts on “Oxford Covered Market survey”

  1. The covered market, at its best, is a splendid example of excellent local produce to a high standard. Would that it may continue.

  2. I like the market and would prefer it to have more food shops than fashion and cafes . Favourite shops: the various butchers and cookd meat shops, he fishmongers, the cheese shop the greengrocers.

  3. The covered market is probably the most fundamental unique and precious part of oxford retail scene. I for one have enjoyed visiting there as Oxford’s heartland for over 55 years and to imagine it being redesigned or even built over would be an act of extreme vandalism by the council. If millions have been spent on developing the Westgate, then money should be put aside to protect the essential nature of the market as a tourist destination, and as a place Oxford people love to visit and shop in. It would also be helpful to allow people to visit by car, at least for short periods, perhaps with an Ox market pass for the centre of Oxford.
    perhaps the market should become a community resource, a mutual for the citizens of oxford- in the way the Abingdon arms in Beckley has been saved from development , successfully. Finally, you can also provide lower rents for the real shops like Bonners, Butchers and bakers to retain more of the original character. Once its gone, its gone forever.

  4. The covered market is a vital part of Oxford’s independent shopping. It’s has a long history and we should do our upmost to preserve its heritage and individuality.

  5. The Market is a Highlight for Visiotrs discovering Oxford

    Also it has in the past played host to The Creation Theatre Company a novel night out and entertainment for all.

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