Skipton Town Council

Trading on Skipton Market

Skipton Town Council welcomes applications from traders to stand on the famous, award-winning, Skipton Market.

The Market was voted 'Best Small Outdoor Market' in 2017 and 2019 in the Great British Market Awards.

Skipton Market was also a finalist in 'Britain's Favourite Market' for both 2018 and 2019.

Skipton's Christmas Market was also named 'Best Large Specialist Market 2018'.

Skipton Market is an outdoor market which operates every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year

It is located directly on the High Street in the centre of Skipton a tourist-based market town on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

Skipton has excellent rail links from Leeds, Bradford and other towns in the Aire Valley. For traders it is well placed for travel from West Yorkshire, Lancashire and the North West as well as other parts of North Yorkshire.

Skipton has a high volume of tourists and visitors and Skipton Market is a regular destination for a wide range of coach operators from across the North of England and the Midlands. Many longer distance tour operators include Skipton Market as part of wider itinerary tours to the Yorkshire area.

Traders are welcome for any or all of the four market days, but preference will always be given to those who wish to trade regularly.
Generally, market trading hours are from 9am to 4.30pm.

There are occasional additional market days, particularly on the approach to Christmas. Preference is given to regular traders.

Market stalls and pitches are located on a cobbled area between the main road and the footpaths. The Market forms an integral part of the Town Centre shopping experience in Skipton with market stalls operating directly alongside shops lining the main High Street.

The Market Authority, under the provisions of the Food Act 1984, is Skipton Town Council who administer the Market on behalf of Skipton Castle, the owners of the Market Charter. The Town Council is an active member of NABMA the National Association of British Market Authorities.


If you are interested in trading on Skipton Market, you should read the following Guidance Notes carefully. The notes give you full background to the Market and how it operates, together with details of the fees charged for standing.


Once you have read the notes and decided you would like to apply to trade on the Market, you should complete the following application form and return it to the Market Management Team at the Council.


Skipton Market is popular - and trading opportunities are limited. There may be a waiting list - particularly if you wish to trade in a product line(s) which is already well represented on the Market.

If you would like any further information, please contact the Market Team on (01756) 700553.

Applying to Run a Car Boot or Other Ad-hoc Sale or Market

Skipton Town Council, as the Market Authority and under its Market Charter and other statutory rights (often referred to as ‘Market Rights’ and covered by the terms of the Food Act 1984) is responsible for the holding and regulating of markets within a distance of approximately 7 miles of Skipton High Street (where the regular market is held).

These rights allow the Council to protect Skipton Market from unauthorised trading activity – and protect the integrity and viability of the main Market.

As a result, the Council’s permission is required for any other markets or similar activity within the protected area, including car boot sales.

This is not to say that the Council will not allow such activity – and, generally, permission will be given for ad-hoc or occasional events which the Council feels will enhance the area or be of benefit to a community group - and will not have a negative impact on the operation or viability of Skipton Market itself.

The permission of Skipton Town Council is required for any activity which could be regarded as a ‘market’.

A ‘market’ is generally defined as “a concourse of buyers and sellers”

Without prejudice, the kind of activities which would require the permission of the Council include (but are not limited to):

• Car Boot Sales
• Table Top Sales
• Occasional Sales or Markets
• Farmers Markets
• Antiques Markets
• Flea Markets
• Craft Fairs
• Specialist Sales or Fairs (i.e Record or CD fairs)

Below, you can view or download a copy of the Council's Guidancve Notes. These give you further information on what is likely to be approved and what isn’t. It includes the terms and conditions which would be applicable if your application is approved and details of fees payable (if any).

You can also view or download a copy of the Council's Application Form.

If you have any further questions, please contact Skipton Town Council on 01756 700553 and ask to speak to our Market team


If you are the organiser of any proposed event which comes under the jurisdiction of the Council in line with its 'Market Rights' as the Market Authority for Skipton Market, you should read the following guidance notes carefully. Please contact us if you have any further questions.



If you would like to apply for permission to hold an event of this nature, you should complete the following application form and return it to the Council:


Visit Skipton

Skipton is a great place to visit! Its unique appeal lies in the combination of olde-worlde charm and the hustle and bustle of a busy, thriving market town.

With the historic Market, medieval castle, canal and an unrivalled range of independent shops and nationally recognised high street brands, Skipton provides something for the whole family.

Skipton also sits at the southern end of some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK - and is known rightly as The Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales..

The separate Visit Skipton website tells you everything you need to know.

The Visit Skipton website also includes information for coach and group travel operators interested in including Skipton and its Market in their travel itineraries.

There are a number of incentives available, including free coach parking, for pre-booked groups.

Trading at Skipton Christmas Market

Skipton Christmas Market will take place on Sunday 5th and Sunday 12th December 2021. If you are interested in attending please complete the form below and return it to us or email Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 27th August 2021.

Skipton Christmas Market Trader Application Form 2021
Skipton Christmas Market Trader Terms and Conditions