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Newcastle-under-Lyme's historic town centre holds markets six days a week - Monday to Saturday, and holds occasional Sunday monthly markets.

Set in High Street, at the heart of Newcastle town centre, the market benefits from being in a busy retail area that is close to the bus station and taxi ranks.  There are several Council-run town centre car parks nearby.

Each stall has a covered canopy area of 4.5 metres deep and 3 metres wide (15ft x 10ft)* with a countertop of 3 metres wide and 1.2 metres deep (10ft x 4ft)*.  The countertops can be removed to create a more flexible trading space and a small area next to each canopy is allowed for trader displays.  As well as this, there are approximately six further trading pitches on the market (depending on the size required) that can be used for trading, mobile displays or promotional activity and a small number of street trading pitches in Ironmarket nearby.

*All measurements are approximate due to individual manufacturing tolerances

Picture shows the market in Newcastle-under-Lyme

The Markets

The General Market

The General Market is held four times a week on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  It operates from 9am to 4pm each day selling a wide range of goods. Stalls are available from £20 on Monday, Friday and Saturday and from £11 every Wednesday. Introductory stall fee discounts are available for traders that are new to the general market or are selling goods that are not already available on the market. As well as the spaces for regular trading there are stalls and trading pitches available for daily, weekly or seasonal use for both sales and promotional activity.  Please contact the market supervisor for further details.

The Antiques Market

The Antiques Market is operated by the Antique Forum Group every Tuesday and Saturday, opening from 8am to 3pm, selling a range of antiques, collectables and vintage items.  Stalls cost £15 per day. Please note that during the tough winter trading months of January to April the Antiques Market only operate on Tuesday, not Saturday.

The Car Boot, Bric-a-Brac and Collectibles Market

This market is operated by the Antique Forum Group every Thursday, opening from 8am to 3pm, selling a range of bric-a-brac and collectable items.  Stalls cost £10 per day.

The Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market is held on the fourth Friday of each month around the Guildhall and alongside the general market.  It opens from 9am to 2.30pm, bringing together food from local and regional producers and also periodic craft and creative makers. Stalls cost from £20 per day.

The annual Charity and Plant Market

The annual Charity and Plant Market takes place on the Spring Bank Holiday in May each year.  It is an opportunity for charities of all kinds to promote good causes and raise funds.  Stalls are available at no cost to the charity.

Sunday Monthly Markets

Our monthly markets are themed and typically feature Artisan Markets, Vinyl Fairs and Vegan Markets. Working with local organisers to recruit the best traders, these markets are great family occasions and parking on Council-run car parks is free.

Young Traders Market

Our annual Young Traders Market is an opportunity for 16-30 year old traders to launch their fledgling business. Typically held each June, we work with the  National Market Trader Federation (NMTF) to nurture young talent and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to trade on Newcastle-under-Lyme Markets.It's also a competition with big prizes for young traders who make it all the way through to the final.

What's on information

How to book a stall

For stall enquiries on the general market, trading pitches, farmers' market and annual charity and plant market, please contact the market supervisor by telephone on 01782 620519 or 07771 568172 or e-mail. Casual traders are welcome on the general market, but please call in advance to check stall availability. Stalls on the farmers market always need to be booked in advance. You can also complete the stall enquiry form.

For stall enquiries on the antique market or flea market contact the Antique Forum Group by telephone on 07497 068164 or 07921 659798 or email. Casual traders are welcome but please book in advance. You can also complete the stall enquiry form.

What information will you need to provide?

  • Proof of identity, such as a passport or driving licence.
  • Proof of address, such as utility bill or credit card statement.
  • Proof of minimum £5m public liability insurance. Details of what you want to sell.If you are a food trader, evidence of your registration as a food business

New to market trading?

We have a fantastic new trader introductory offer. Trade on our General Market for a no obligation 16-week offer for just £5 per stall. Our Market Supervisor will help you get up and going with little fuss. Terms and conditions apply.


Three easy steps to become a Newcastle-under-Lyme General Market trader

  1. Ring the market supervisor on 01782 620519 to take advantage of the £5 a stall offer for new traders, on a no-obligation 16-week offer.

  2. Take out your own public liability insurance.

  3. Turn up on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, get a stall and start trading.

To ensure that the markets are a viable and sustainable part of the local economy, it is necessary that there is a healthy trader mix. Goods for sale on Newcastle-under-Lyme General Markets are:

Babywear. Clothing for babies, footwear, special occasion accessories and nursery equipment.

Bags and luggage. Bags of all types, including luggage, shopping trollies and holdalls. Wallets and purses of all types can also be sold.

Bakery goods. Bread, muffins, cakes, including scones, flapjacks and potato cakes.

Bedding, towels and curtains. Pillows, cushions, pet beds, throws and curtain accessories.

Cards, books and stationery. Cards for all occasions, books, wrapping paper and all stationery.

Children’s fashion. All items of children’s clothing and footwear and fashion accessories.

Cosmetics and jewellery. Make-up, beauty products and treatments, perfumes, deodorants sunglasses and jewellery. Gold exchange operations and cash for gold is permitted.

Electrical items. All electrical items including vacuum cleaners, accessories and lighting.

Fabric and material. Rolled fabric and material.

Floor coverings. Carpets, rugs, laminate flooring and floor tiles.

Footwear. All types of footwear not including socks.

Fruit and vegetables. All types of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Gent’s clothing. All items of gent’s clothing including coats, tops and trousers but not footwear.

Haberdashery. Wool, and small articles for sewing such as buttons, ribbons, zips, as well as craft books limited to fabric and wool design.

Hardware and Do It Yourself (DIY) supplies. Includes the sale of new DIY tools

Hot and cold food. All hot and cold food and hot and cold drinks. Pre-approval of the type of food must be obtained from the Market Supervisor.

Household goods, non-electrical kitchenware and toiletries. Cleaning products and accessories including mops, buckets, brushes, and toiletries including toilet roll, kitchen roll, ironing boards, pots and pans.

Ladies clothing. All items of ladies clothing including coats, tops and trousers but not footwear.

Mobile phone accessories. All items relating mobile phones including cases, chargers and batteries.

Outdoor wear. Coats and mountaineering equipment including waterproofs, rucksacks and walking boots.

Pet Supplies and pet foods. Includes pets and livestock supplies and food.

Pictures, frames and mirrors. Framing service and the sale of prints within the frames.

Plants, Flowers and garden accessories. All potted plants, flowers and garden ornaments including the sale of Christmas wreaths and trees plus tools and accessories used for gardening.

Pottery. Ceramic wares and associated goods

Smoking accessories. Cigarette papers and filters, vapes, E-cigarettes, traditional pipes and accessories.

Sportswear and equipment. Branded sportswear and sports equipment.

Sweets and confectionery. Sweets, chocolate, chocolate bars, packaged long-life cakes, biscuits, cold drinks and crisps.

Toys and gadgets. Full range of children’s toys, jigsaws, and gadgets.

Underwear, socks and hats. lingerie, tights, gloves and scarfs.

Watch straps and batteries. Batteries and watch batteries, straps and a minor repairs service.


If you are new to market trading you can find further links to sources of help and information on the Business Start Up Advice page of the Council’s website.

You can also try these useful links:-

The National Market Traders Federation

Start Ups UK



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Last updated 30 June 2021

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