Visitors encouraged back to Market Harborough with programme of events

Published Thursday 19 August 2021

An exciting calendar of summer events kicks off this weekend in Harborough Town Square with a Birds of Prey display this Saturday 21 August.  

On show will be several spectacular birds of prey including owls, eagles and hawks. Come and have your photograph taken with an impressive feathery hunter if you’re feeling brave enough! Then share your pics within the community by using the hashtag #WelcomebackHarborough. The expert falconer bird handler will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about these magnificent creatures.

A series of food fairs, starting on Sunday 22 August, will take place on the town square, with a range of stalls selling an aromatic mix of hot takeaway treats, delicious ambient food and fresh tasty delicacies. Other food fair dates include Sunday 29 August and Sunday 5 September, starting at 10am – come early so you don’t miss out!

There will also be a series of guided walks/ tours focusing on different aspects of the history and heritage of the town, led by local Blue Badge Tourist Guide, James Carpenter. Attendees will learn the stories behind the iconic buildings and stunning churches, discover secret side streets and hidden gems of Market Harborough. These will take place on selected Thursday evenings and Saturday daytime throughout the remainder of the summer, (see below). 

The co-ordinated calendar of events has been planned to safely welcome visitors back to the town centre and support our local retailers and eateries who are working so hard to recover and move forward from the lockdown challenges we’ve all suffered.

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council said “After the difficult last 18 months, we hope that this events programme helps to revitalise the town centre, increasing footfall and vibrancy, in support of the local businesses and eateries in Market Harborough. There is something for everyone and lots to look forwards to.”

Other events planned include arts and crafts fairs, the climate action inspired Market Harborough Great Big Green Week, market anniversary celebrations, farmers markets, a classic car display, and a volunteer and community fair, so don’t forget to make a note in your diary.

For more details about upcoming events or to get involved please contact:
For more details of our town centre events, please go to:

Don’t forget to tag us into your photographs online on Facebook / Instagram or Twitter with #WelcomeBackHarborough

Coming up this summer:

Thursday 19 August

Guided Walk – The Yards of Market Harborough (7.00pm)


Sunday 29 August

Market Harborough Food Fair on The Square (10.00am) – delicious treats for all!

Thursday 2 September

Farmers Market at The Square – a much loved regular event & a chance to pop along to support our farmers and pick up some tasty wholesome produce grown locally (8.00am to 3pm)

Thursday 2 September

Guided Walk – The Story of Market Harborough (7.00pm)


Saturday 4 September

Vintage Car Display on The Square - a small selection of vintage vehicles will be on The Square only. (Note: This is fully booked and no further registrations to display a vehicle for this event can be taken).

Sunday 5 September

Market Harborough Food Fair at The Square (10.00am) – enjoy a meander round the range of stalls, sampling the delights and enjoying the friendly atmosphere of our market town

Tuesday 7 September

Start of a series of celebratory events to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the historic Harborough Market

Saturday 11 September

Harborough Arts & Crafts Fair at The Square (10.00am) – Come along and meet friendly local sellers and talented crafters in the Town Square

Saturday 18 September

Community & Volunteers Fair – A chance to connect with local charity networks to share information about volunteer opportunities and support available within our community (10.00am)

Saturday 18 September

Guided Walk – The Story of Market Harborough (4.00pm)


Thursday 23 September

Guided Walk – Market Harborough Worthies & Characters (7.00pm)


Saturday 25 September

Harborough Big Green Week event on The Square

Saturday 25 September

Chair Art Exhibition at St Mary’s Place – a unique art installation display using recycled wooden chairs designed by local residents and businesses (10.00am)

Saturday 25 September

Guided Walk – The Yards of Market Harborough (11.30am)