Charter Day


Music, Morris dancing, the king’s rider, the Court Leet and new this year, street games with The Boardroom Gaming Cafe – we had them all at Charter Day 2023. The next Charter Day will take place on Saturday 2nd March 2024, a few days after Wellington Market celebrates its 780th birthday!

On February 29th 1244, King Henry III signed Wellington’s first market charter. It was amongst the earliest awarded to a Shropshire town and, as a town that still boasts one of the biggest and busiest markets in the county eight centuries later, it’s an occasion worth marking. So, the first Saturday of March each year is celebrated as Charter Day.

battle of the buns 2023

Download the Battle of the Buns poster here: BATTLE BUNS POSTER_2023

  • 13.00: Local home bakers go head to head with their best bun recipes, adjudicated by the Ale Taster and friends. Buns can be any variety. Entrants just need to label them with your name, contact details and a brief description of what they’ve baked, then drop them off at The Pheasant by 12.30 that day. 
  • 13.00: Judging begins
  • 14.00(ish): Judges announce their verdict


It all adds a bit of colour to what can be a cold and grey time of year, and it’s another reminder of Wellington’s long history as a market town.