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Market Traders

Northumberland has a range of markets across the county that sell both local and general produce.

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If you’re a trader at one of our markets, or are interested in becoming one, this page contains all necessary information and documents you may need.

Speciality markets

We are seeking continental or speciality markets for 2019/2020 for Northumberland.

Have you got something great to offer? If so contact us using the details below.

Contact us

For more information about all special offices email Neil.Brown@northumberland.gov.uk or
phone 07909 688174

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If you want to trade at one of our markets:
  1. Read through our customer charter and familiarise yourself with our market operating rules.
  2. Complete our new market trader application form.
  3. Send your application form to the relevant market officer (depending on which market you wish to trade at).
Here are the contact details for our market officers:
Market Market officer details
Alnwick Farmers Market
Market run by private organisation
For general enquiries contact 07783 557 116
Amble Market run by private organisation
For general enquiries contact 01665 712313​
Hexham Farmers Market Market run by private organisation
For general enquiries contact 07854 320 519
Ashington, Bedlington Email: stakeforddepot@northumberland.gov.uk
Blyth Email: blythdepot@northumberland.gov.uk
Berwick Email: berwickdepot@northumberland.gov.uk or telephone: 01670 620490
Haltwhistle, Hexham, Prudhoe Email: hexhamtynemillsdepot@northumberland.gov.uk
Morpeth, Morpeth Farmers Market Email: castlemorpethdepot@northumberland.gov.uk
Ponteland Email: castlemorpethdepot@northumberland.gov.uk
You can also help us by providing feedback on our services.

If you want to comment on the service provided, you can do so via:
A new financial incentive scheme has been launched  by Northumberland County Council to encourage would-be- traders to take a stall at one of the county’s vibrant markets.

Under the scheme, new traders are being offered up to ten weeks rent free on their market stall, followed by ten weeks rent at half price.

The incentive is intended to offer a low cost way for budding entrepreneurs to enter into market trading and test their products, without incurring high costs.

Lapsed traders who last traded more than eight months previously are also eligible for the discount.

The scheme is being launched during Love Your Local Market fortnight which runs from 17-31 May 2019 and is a national campaign which celebrates the importance of markets in our communities.

Those who are interested should contact the county council’s market manager Neil Brown for more information on neil.brown@northumberland.gov.uk or 07909 688174.  

The cost of trading differs depending on various factors, from the time of year, to weather conditions, market location and size of stall.

To find out how much it is to trade at one of our markets, please contact the relevant market officer who will be happy to talk it through with you.
Useful documents: Our customer charter
We’re committed to providing a quality market service, which contributes toward the economy. This charter sets out our commitment for providing the market service, the standards you can expect from us and how you can help us meet these standards.

The market service covers the provision and management of open markets throughout Northumberland.

We aim to:
  • ensure all people selling food comply with the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 and Food Safety Act 1990
  • ensure all traders hold a valid public liability insurance certificate
  • provide an effective service to the public by reviewing and updating our procedures to take account of your views
What you can expect from us:
We will:
  • provide a helpful, friendly and courteous service
  • deal with queries and complaints from members of the public
  • maintain a register of market traders and products sold and make sure it is available for you
  • make sure market rules and regulations are complied with and the market area is a safe place to shop
  • remove all refuse and signage, and sweep the area leaving it clean and tidy for the next trading day
You can help us by:
  • telling us your concerns
  • treating employees in the same way you would wish to be treated
  • being considerate to other market traders and shoppers
Instructions for traders
While present on the market, traders must:
  • follow market rules
  • not cause an obstruction to pedestrians and vehicular traffic
  • refrain from causing a nuisance to the public and market traders when handing out leaflets or soliciting signatories to a petition
  • conduct themselves within the law with respect to common decency
  • not be abusive, racist or use inflammatory language or written material contrary to existing law
Right of refusal
  • The council reserves the right to refuse permission to a political party or campaign group to operate on a market if it reasonably believes any market rules or this protocol will be breached. A right of appeal rests with the head of neighbourhood services acting in consultation with the chief legal officer or service manager of democratic services.
Northumberland County Council has reviewed the types of products market traders are allowed to sell at market in an effort to improve public safety.

The move is in response to concerns from the public about secondhand electrical items being sold at the markets and the results of inspections carried out by trading standards officers who found significant safety and testing issues with some of the items on sale.

Market traders are no longer permitted to sell secondhand electrical goods and secondhand car parts on council-owned markets in the county.

The selling of food products

Any traders selling food should contact your local Environmental health service

Advice for market traders Markets cancellation
  • In the event of adverse weather conditions or other factors, markets may be cancelled.
  • For any enquiries, email Neil.Brown@northumberland.gov.uk or phone 07909 688174