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How to apply for a market stall or pitch, and details of our current trader offers

Please read the information below regarding the market(s) you are interested in. A link to our online application form can be found at the bottom of this page. If you wish to check whether there is a vacancy for your commodity before submitting an application or you have any other queries, please email markets@lancaster.gov.uk


Assembly Rooms Emporium (indoor market in Lancaster)

Market specialising in vintage and alternative clothing and goods, collectables and curiosities, arts and crafts.

  • Located on the ground floor of one of Lancaster's 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
  • Open 5 days a week (Tuesday to Saturday) and summer bank holidays
  • One vacancy from 01/05/24 - £250 per month (first month free – see Trade for Free Offer below).  Please email markets@lancaster.gov.uk for further information or complete our online application form (at bottom of this page)

Rent

Varies according to size.  Please see above for details of any current vacancies and associated rent.

Trade for free offer

Sign up to at least three months of trading and get your first month free.

Additional Information


Festival Market (covered market in Morecambe)

We currently have a number of units and stalls available at the market for a number of commodities - please see vacant commodities below.

  • The rental varies - please see stall rental below and special offer for new traders below
  • Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 9am - 5pm (winter - 4.30pm) 
  • 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)
  • 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

Additional Information

 

Discounted rates for new traders, self contained shop units and pop up pitches

General traders

Stalls

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 (tied into a 4th month of trading at full rent (see stall rental above).  With this offer you will need to commit to trading for an additional month.  Commodities must be new or currently absent from the market.  £350 deposit payable.

Shop Units

Several self-contained lock up shop units are currently available inside the market – perfect traders which provide services such as dog grooming, key cutting, picture framing, shoe repairers etc.  Water is available in these units for water dependant businesses.

One of these could be yours for just £325 a month (winter), £430 (summer). The discounted rental of £100 for the first 3 months for traders bringing something new to the market (tied in to 4th month at full rent) also applies to shop units.

Pop up stalls

Pop up stalls (half stalls) for traders or new businesses wanting to establish themselves in the area and not wanting to commit themselves to full time trading at the market are available for just £30 a day.

Testimonial 

Through being at the Festival Market, we have been able to achieve and grow way beyond what we could have ever envisioned; and through many unexpected avenues too! 

The Festival Market has provided us with the perfect foundation on which to build our business upon.

You have been a significant stepping stone within our journey - and we mean it from the bottom of our hearts when we say it has been a pleasure being here and we have made some lifelong friends along the way - and for that, we are beyond thankful.

Spence's Senses (relocated to a nearby shop unit having been able to grow their business at the Festival Market)


Charter Market (outdoor market in Lancaster City Centre)

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.  The market is located in the pestrianised zone in Market Square, Market Street and Cheapside.

  • 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
  • Market days are Wednesday and Saturday, 9am to 4pm (4.30pm summer), except bank holidays
  • No vacancies for hot food stalls at the moment but please email markets@lancaster.gov.uk to go on our waiting list

Trade for Free!

Trade for four days on the Charter Market fee-free!*

Applicable Wednesdays and Saturdays

Why not give us a go?

*Over any two-month period excluding November and December

Rent

From £24.50 for a 3m by 3m pitch.  Rent is payable in advance by card only (sorry no cash or cheques).

Additional Information


Apply for a market stall or pitch

If you wish to apply for a stall or pitch on any of our markets, please complete our online application form using the link below. 

If you wish to check whether there is a vacancy for your commodity before submitting an application or you have any other queries, please email markets@lancaster.gov.uk.

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