Welcome to our definitive guide to Skipton Market, a market known far and wide as one of the best, oldest and most active weekday markets in the UK. With an impressive collection of awards to boast, Skipton Market dates back over 800 years and was created under a charter, granted by King John.
A Thriving Selection Of Traders
Traders come from far and wide, selling everything from organic eggs, (Feathers Funky Eggs) to custom canvas prints, whilst you wait! You really can find everything you could possibly need at Skipton Market, and it's a place that the town can be proud of!
What Awards Has Skipton Market Won?
The most recent accolade it has received is the title of the UK's Best Small Outdoor Market 2017. One which all the traders and organisers are exceptionally proud of!
When Is Skipton Market On?
Skipton Market is open four days a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It usually runs from 9.30am up until 4.30pm, although this can vary due to the time of year and weather conditions, the number of traders varies from day to day, with many regulars, along with many casual traders, meaning that you're never disappointed with the variety available!
I'm Interested In Trading, How Do I Go About This?
The market is a right held by Skipton Castle, under terms of an ancient charter granted by King John, many centuries ago. However, in 1984, under the terms of the Food Act, Skipton Town Council became the Market Authority, and they now oversee the everyday running of the market.
If you're a trader and are interested in standing on the market, get in touch with the Councils Market Officer, who can be contacted on 01756 700553 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Council is always happy to hear from those interested in standing, so get in touch with them for more details on the costs associated with trading and the various permissions which you might need!
Where Can I Find News From Skipton Market?
The Skipton Press regularly reports on Skipton Market and we've got several articles featuring stalls which trade there. Take a look through them here.
What To Expect
Skipton Market is often busy, with people coming from far and wide to buy all sorts of unique offerings from the traders.
Last year the students of Craven College put together a short documentary about the market, which will give you a bit of an insight, ahead of your visit:
To give you a flavour of some of the traders which you can expect to find, we have a number of profiles.
Well, winter’s on its way and as the nights get colder and longer perhaps it’s time for a new pair of slippers? If so, why not bob along to Town Mayor Martin’s stall and treat yourself to some warm, fabulous footwear! And it’s not just slippers – Martin sells beautiful quality rugs to give your home that cosy winter feel. Just perfect for those nights in front of a roaring log fire…
Looking for the juiciest jams and perkiest pickles? Then look no further than our Paul’s stall – we think they’re the best by far! And if you need a little help choosing what to buy, Paul has some try-before-you-buy tasters – so you’ll be there some time! And to perfectly partner his sweet spreads, Paul has a small variety of savoury cheese on offer as well.
Need a super stocking-filler ahead of Christmas, or something quirky to brighten up the homestead? Then how about a little sign or carved wooden letter for a present with the personal touch? These beautifully crafted plaques with quirky verses are sure to please the loved ones.
Russell’s stall displays the most fantastic array of colourful flowers, plants and shrubbery to brighten any home and garden. And at the moment he’s got a great selection of bulbs and autumn plants available, just perfect for giving your garden a burst of colour this Spring.
And if you’re not sure what would best suit your home or garden then just ask. What Russell doesn’t know about flowers and planting
Russell also runs Hey Farm Nurseries (website here), which is open 7 days a week – so if you can’t make it to the market then you can always pop down to Barnoldswick for your planting and gardening needs!
We'll be adding more stall holders in the near future so keep an eye out for that.