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Outdoor Market - becoming a trader

Market stall with Preston Markets logo

The covered Outdoor Market is located at the top end of the Victorian canopy. This is next to the new Market Hall which opened February 2018.

The new bespoke tables are designed and provided specifically for traders. Preston Markets branded umbrellas are also provided for an extra layer of protection, allowing the market to operate 52 weeks a year.

Opening times

Monday - 9.30am - 3.30pm

Wednesday - 9.30am - 3.30pm

Saturday - 9.30am - 4.30pm

All markets will be closed on Bank Holidays.

Interested in becoming a market trader?

To register your interest in trading on the outdoor market, please complete the online application form:

Register your interest in becoming a trader

When you first attend the Market you are classified as a casual trader. Casual traders are allocated stalls after the regular/permanent traders have been accommodated or moved. If the market is full, casual traders may be turned away.

How do I become a regular trader?

Approximately every 6 weeks a full list of vacant stalls is placed on the notice board and applications are invited. After the closing date, we will in the first instance allow existing regular traders to transfer to new stalls.

After all the transfers have been completed, vacant stalls are then offered to casual traders. If a casual trader chooses to take a regular stall, they are then given preference for moves each morning. In addition, they are given preference for transfers when stalls become permanently vacant.

It is important to remember that it is the date when a trader takes a regular stall that is used for transfers and moves. It is not the date when a trader starts as a casual trader.

Once you become a regular trader you are also liable for the full daily stall fee, irrespective of whether you trade or not. However if you notify the market office prior to 8.15am on the respective day, that you are not attending, the fee is reduced.

The full list of retainer fees is shown on the fees page.

Additional Market Information

Casual traders must register at the Market office between 7.45am and 8.15am, you will then be allocated a stall.

All traders who attend Preston Market must provide some form of identification before they are permitted to trade, this must include the person's name and address.

Public Liability

Before you are permitted to trade, you are required to provide documents confirming that you have Public Liability Insurance cover of at least £5,000,000.

All traders must abide by the Markets terms and conditions and must only sell one category of  goods and services on each stall. We advise you to look at the category list before attending the Market.

Trader parking

There are no specific parking facilities for market traders, although parking is available within a short distance of the Market in the:

Market Office

The market office is situated inside the Market Hall, just beside the Outdoor Market.

The opening hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 7.45am - 5pm 
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 6am - 5pm

Map address for Preston Market

Preston Market, Earl Street, Preston, PR1 2JA.

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