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Friday evenings in July and August are busy for the normally quiet  hamlet of Taden.  This is when the evening market takes place between 5.00 to 9.00 p.m.   

A collection of stalls selling items from cheeses, wine, fresh fruit and vegetables to jewellery and pictures surround the mediaeval manor of house of Taden. 

The market is clearly a popular meeting place and popular with people staying at the neighbouring campsite of Le Hallerais as well as residents and visitors.  Shoppers are entertained by musicians and sometimes dancers. There is always something going on!

Galettes Saucise and Jacket Potatoes with fillings are on sale as well as market fare. 

The Bar de la Manoir is kept busy and both inside and outside at the tables on the lawn, drinkers settle down at the many outside tables to watch the activities. 

Sometimes indignant “mewing” comes from a box containing kittens whose owner hopes will be sold. Do not sucumb to temptation thouh as it is worth remembering that the kittens will be nearly grown cats before they can be legally transported back to the Channel Islands, following several visits to the Vet and a series of injections, blood tests and microchip inserted!

In August the market combines with a mediaeval spectacle including jousting and the wearing of the costumes of the time.

After your visit to Taden market, why not drive down to the nearby River Rance.   The riverside tow path is a total contrast to the bustle of the market where ducks and moorhens settle down in their nests of reeds.  Night time imminent, the feeling of spaciousness and tranquillity is accentuated.  

Occasionally groups of fishermen set up camp and cook the fish they have caught over barbecues or camping stoves.