Marketplace 800 Anniversary Celebrations

This year Hexham is celebrating 800 years since Hexham’s Market Charter was signed. Join in the free, family-friendly fun!

24th September to 22nd October 2022

Saturday 24th September - the first event will be a glorious revival of the last 800 years right in front of your eyes. There will be music, singing, dancing and acting. William Wallace will re-visit. The Duke of Somerset might lose his head (again!) Rawlinson will be as outspoken as ever and old cookery-book feuds will be rekindled. A riot is not out of the question... Now who let those pigs run around the marketplace? We can’t stress enough, there is to be no washing your pants in the pant! Come and see; Stage Fright, Boho Arts, Tynedale Community Choir, Studio K, Gateway into the Community and many others. Don’t forget to lvisit the Abbey to see the Northumberland Archives display and visit the Old Gaol’s special exhibition.


The 21st October 1222 was the actual day of the signing of the charter, and we will commemorate this day at the closest weekend on 22nd October 2022 by unveiling a plaque to mark the last 800 years. At Hexham Community Centre the town will be rebuilt in cake and after being displayed – you get to EAT it!

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