Information for traders

 Information for Market Traders

Market Stall Allocation 

Apply for a stall online  Please note that this application form is for Bakewell Monday Market only.

In order to obtain a stall on a Casual Trader basis you need to arrive at the market on a Monday and report to one of the Market Team any time after 7:30am.  One of the Market Team will then take your details (ie a brief description of the goods you wish to sell, name, contacts, insurance details etc) and will add you to the waiting list for that day only. Once the Market Team know how many stalls are available the allocation process will begin. The District Council's allocation of stalls is at the discretion of the Market Team and their decision is final. 

A stall will only be allocated to a casual if:

  • You are a current and paid up member of the National Market Traders' Federation (NMTF)
  • You have Public Liability Insurance to a minimum policy value of £10m. (A copy of your insurance certificate will be required for our records)
  • Your products do not exceed our line limit for the market. (ie if there are already 6 stall holders selling "Confectionery" then you may not be allocated a stall)
  • The only stall available is not next to or on the same row as a trader selling the same or similar products as you.  The stall will not be allocated if you have similar goods.  
  • You pay by card as the market is cashless.

Reserve or book?

We do not currently provide a reserve or pre-book service for our stalls, it is, therefore, not guaranteed that you will be allocated a stall and you may be turned away from the market on that day.

What we will provide

The District Council will provide the stall unless you are paying a fee for a pitch; you would also need to provide your own clips, top cover or rain sheet (recommended size 4m x 3m). 

Bakewell Farmers' Market

Bakewell Farmers' Market is held at the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell on the last Saturday of each month. To discuss stall availability please contact the Agricultural Business Centre.

Prior arrangement for a pitch must be made first as you will be rejected if you turn up on the day.

Becoming a Trader

If you are thinking of starting a new business, or want to extend your existing venture into a new area, then a market stall could be right up your street.

Becoming a trader is a low-risk, low-cost way to turn your business dream into reality:

Start small and grow

Being a trader is an ideal way into retail for any budding entrepreneur. In fact, the founders of some of the country’s most successful High Street names started out on a market stall – Morrison’s, Marks & Spencer and JJB Sports to name a few!

Low cost

You can start your own pitch in Derbyshire Dales from as little as £26.30 per week, with relatively small overheads.


Market trading allows you to be flexible and take your trade to your customers, without being tied into expensive long-term property leases. Plus it’s up to you how many hours a week you want to work.

Develop your skills

Trading allows you to be your own boss and develop self-discipline. It’s also great way to build many other skills essential for business, such as sales and negotiation, numerical and social skills.

Make connections

Market trading offers a great way of life in many aspects. You get to interact with the public and fellow traders, building a good network of customers, colleagues and a great sense of community.

Getting started

There is a whole range of information and practical advice available to help get you started – and most of it free:

National Market Federation

This is a national organisation which represents market traders. You can become a member for a small annual subscription, which includes the necessary public, product and employer’s insurance which you will need to trade. They also have a lot of information on their website for new starters.