Our Story

Come with us , slow down, explore, discover magical market towns

OUR STORY

Hello, We’re David, a former Sonographer who worked in the NHS and Rhiannon who worked in Sustainability in a University. Our team consultant is The Blue Dog who always puts things in perspective.

David loves, discovering the story behind landscape, old buildings, real ale and craft beers, reading the clouds to predict the weather, flying flexwing microlight planes, old Land Rovers, trees and the texture of wood, Artisan food (especially cheese, pies and good bread), cooking, playing games with the crazy Bedlington, Morris dancing, architecture, sitting in the sunshine people watching with a good local pint and amazing sunsets.

Rhiannon loves quirky places, interesting independent shops and vibrant markets, artisan food (especially cheese, chocolate and Ice cream- not necessarily together) books, especially discovering a long-lost friend in the bargain box, or finding an exciting new bookshop, Hay-on-Wye, Bedlington Terriers (especially our mascot and team member The Blue Dog ), Welsh ponies, carriage driving, relaxing by a fire with a good book, a chai latte and homemade coffee cake.

The Blue Dog (Profile picture) loves food especially discovering unsuitable items others have discarded, going out exploring (walks) , playing especially throwing the Red Ball in the river and swimming, snoozing in warm places, checking out dog friendly cafes, pubs and places, squeaky toys, devising new games to entertain the two legged folk, Curling up by the woodburner after a hard day’s work.

Together, we’re Market Town Meanders inspired by the values of the Slow Food and Totally Locally movements and passionate about market towns and what makes each one distinctive and special.

We wanted to do something to encourage people to spend time exploring and appreciating the real place, not just rushing through maybe stopping briefly for a tea and a wee (T & P’s as a local shopkeeper described them) We talked for ages, dreamed a lot, visited lots of places, tested the idea on different people, then one day we did it, took that big step and gave up our stressful careers to harness our passion for Market towns by developing a different kind of tourism. It’s a reaction to the tick box tourism that rushes through places and gives little or no benefit to the local economy, we want what we do to benefit the people and place too.

We love discovering all the small things that combine to make these places different, especially the stories and people that make them what they are. We want to share them with you and help you to discover the authentic place.

The tours we offer you are totally original and curated by us providing an authentic local experience getting under the skin of the real place. They include the quirky, unusual, fun things not always obvious to the casual visitor, we share good places to eat and drink all the things we love about a place that we hope you will love too.

We hope you ‘ll enjoy coming with us and discovering a different view of places, car free, on foot, on a train or using local buses, taking time to really look. You’ll have fun discovering the uniqueness and individuality of each of our amazing market towns and benefit the community and the local economy.

If you would like to know more, have a burning question or are interested in a bespoke tour, get in touch, we love to talk,
We can custom make a tour to include special interests such as locally produced artisan food, drink (craft beers, gin, etc.) crafts, history, heritage, culture, markets, events, bibliophiles tours, independent shopping, or a mixture, e.g., Books & Beer, or something curated especially for a special celebration just call us and we’ll do our best to give you a special memory making day.
Call now to discuss ideas.

The Market Town Meanders Ethos

We’re a purpose driven enterprise our mission is to deliver fun tours that tread lightly on the environment and benefit the local community by increasing spend in the local economy.

We believe that responsible travel provides a more enjoyable experience for you as a guest as well.

We make having a green and ethical holiday easy, taking care of every detail so you can relax and enjoy every magical moment.

We believe tourism that benefits the local economy is more fun because you get to know the authentic place through the eyes of locals.

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