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Markets - information for traders

Information about markets and market stalls in Lancaster and Morecambe, including availability, stall and shop unit prices, and how to apply for a stall or pitch.

Current market stall availability

  • Assembly Rooms Emporium: Just two stalls currently available - see offer to trade for free for 2 months below.
  • Festival Market: Stalls currently available for various commodities (see below).
  • Charter Market: Stalls currently available on Wednesdays.  Applications from non-food traders particularly welcome.

Assembly Rooms Emporium (indoor market in Lancaster)

  • Located on the ground floor of one of Lancaster Grade II listed heritage buildings
  • Just a stone's throw from the city's two main shopping centres and numerous cultural and historical attractions including the City Museum and Lancaster Castle
  • Offers the perfect opportunity for small or start up businesses of the arts and crafts industry to showcase and sell their creations on the high street. 
  • Small pitches in the main trading hall start from just £25.50 per week!

Stalls:  Space to let for the following commodities: antiques, collectables and curiosities, vintage and alternative goods, arts and crafts.  Please contact us for further information.

Rent: Starts from £25.50 per week.  Casual stalls are also available - £7.50 per day (Tuesday - Friday) and £10 Saturday.

Free pitches/studio space available for first two months of trading 

Anyone who can bring something different to the Assembly Rooms Emporium is being invited to trade in the market hall for free for two months. The Assembly Rooms Emporium provides the perfect backdrop for those selling antiques and collectables, vintage or alternative goods. The pitches can also be used as studio space for arts and crafters to make, showcase and sell their creations.  The offer of two month's free trading must be followed by a minimum of one further month trading at the regular rate.

To register an interest in taking up the offer of a free pitch at Assembly Rooms Emporium in Lancaster, complete the online form at or email and a member of the markets team will be in touch.

Festival Market (covered market in Morecambe)

  • Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm (summer) , 9am - 4.30pm (winter)
  • 15 lock-up shop units with a trading area of 13.37 square metres (144 square feet)
  • More than 100 stalls each with a trading area of 9.29 square metres (100 square feet)
  • Half stalls are also available for casual traders
  • Additional footfall generated by festivals and events which take place close by throughout the summer in Morecambe and all year round at the market.
  • Security available to enable stallholders to leave goods in market whilst building is closed.
  • Regular visits from coach groups as well as regular visitors to the market. 
  • Festival Market trader rules (PDF, 281KB)
  • Vacant Commodities - Summer 2018
  • Trader Welcome Pack (PDF, 895KB)
  • Stall rental (PDF, 152KB)
  • ‚ÄčStall Plan
Discounted rates for new traders

Traders bringing a new commodity to the market are eligible for a discounted rental of just £100 per month for the first three months of trading – a fantastic opportunity for new traders to get off to a flying start and benefit from the increase in footfall during spring/summer trading.  You need to commit to trading for an additional month (or for three additional months if you sign up between May and July).  Commodities must be new or currently absent from the market.

To register an interest in taking up the offer of a discounted rate on stalls at the Festival Market, complete the online form at or email and a member of the markets team will be in touch.

Charity Pitches

Half stalls are available for free to local charities who wish to raise awareness of what they do and attract supporters.

For those who wish to raise money via the sale of goods are charged a small rental fee of £5 for the day.  Half stalls – (measuring 2’6 x 9’6) must be booked well in advance and proof of public liability insurance cover provided.  A street collection licence is required if money collection (without selling of goods) is to take place.  Contact the Market Team or customer services on 01524 582000 or to request a booking form. 

Charter Market (outdoor market in Lancaster)

  • Great city centre location close to two main shopping centres and a wealth of historic and cultural visitor attractions.
  • Operates every Wednesday and Saturday and enjoys a healthy footfall of regular customers and those visiting the city to enjoy a day of shopping and sightseeing.
  • Hours of trading Wednesday and Saturday - 9am - 4.30pm (4pm in winter) except Bank Holidays.

If you’d prefer to trade in a bustling outdoor environment every Wednesday and Saturday in the heart of Lancaster City Centre, then the historic Charter Market might be the answer.

Rent:  Rents start from £19.25 per day in Market Street, Market Square and Cheapside and £18 on Church Street (all subject to pitch size).  Rents are payable in advance by credit or debit card only (sorry no cash or cheques).

Current offer for new traders: Free pitches to rent for Wednesday trading (see below).

Free pitches to rent for Wednesday trading

New traders are being invited to apply for a free pitch on Wednesdays on Lancaster’s popular street market (maximum of four weeks trading per trader).  

*Offer only applies to new traders introducing something different to the market and with commodities other than takeaway food.

To register an interest in taking up the offer of a free pitch on the Charter Market in Lancaster, complete the online form at or email and a member of the markets team will be in touch.

How to register an interest for a market stall

To register an interest in taking up a stall at any of the above markets, complete the online form at or email and a member of the markets team will be in touch.

Please note the above form is not an application form.  It will just give us an idea of where you would prefer to trade and the type of goods you wish to sell.

A member of the markets team will then be in touch with further information about trading on our markets and the relevant application form for you to complete (if appropriate). 

To be eligible for any of the offers, new traders must be bringing something new to the markets.   


Last updated: 11 April 2018

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