North Parade market: welcome back

Published: Friday, 24th July 2020

The North Parade community market will reopen to visitors on Saturday (25 July).

Located off the Banbury Road, opposite Park Town and Norham Road, the vibrant street market is held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10am to 3pm.

The North Parade market offers a wide range of food, including locally sourced bread, fish, meat and eggs, and Vietnamese, Japanese and vegan street food, alongside the groceries, cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops that line the street.

Traders have adapted their stalls and businesses to enable social distancing, and compliance with the Government’s latest safety standards.

During lockdown, the market managers acted as a distribution hub, organising regular deliveries of bread, fish, cheese, eggs and fruit to residents of North Oxford.

The Covered Market and Gloucester Green Market reopened in June also with measures to meet the Government’s latest social distancing and hygiene standards.

“The North Parade community market is very important for putting money back into the street as part of reopening Oxford. Its return is a sign of the city’s economic and social recovery and further evidence of Oxford City Council’s commitment to supporting local businesses and keeping residents safe as the city comes out of its enforced semi-hibernation.

“Local residents have taken the lead in preparing a detailed proposal, after wide consultation, for the pedestrianisation of this special street, and hope that this will soon receive a go-ahead from the County using emergency post-COVID funding.

“We are delighted that a dozen of the regular traders will be there on Saturday, enabling visitors to enjoy the fresh produce, street food and other delicacies on offer.

“Barefoot Oxford, which started its business in North Parade as a stall at the market, will be back on Saturday and vintage clothes and collectables will also be available.

“By keeping our distance and looking out for each other, we can ensure that such a great occasion for the community is also a safe one.”
James Fry, volunteer North Parade market manager and City Councillor for North Ward