Become a market trader

Following the recent announcement from the government on COVID-19, Council markets at Wakefield, Castleford, South Elmsall, Pontefract, Normanton and Ossett remain OPEN for traders selling essential items.

For further information visit

Market stalls in Yorkshire have been the birth place of some of the biggest retail success stories in the UK – from Marks & Spencer in Leeds in 1884 to Morrisons in Bradford back in 1899; and more recently Wakefield's own Dean and Janet Hoyle, whose Card Factory empire began in a car boot sale market in the early 1990s. So why not follow in their footsteps, and the thousands of others who've made their livings as market stall traders, by starting your own retail business or expanding your trading into one or more of Wakefield's markets?

We have a strong track record of supporting traders; from helping them get started in our markets through to supporting business development and growth. We also have a wide range of stalls and units available across the district; and a Business Start-Up Scheme that means we can give your retail business a helping hand with minimum risk.

Our Business scheme is open to both new and existing businesses, Outdoor Markets Castleford Pontefract, Normanton, Ossett, South Elmsall and Wakefield until further notice. It's really easy to apply, just complete our application form and we'll be in touch within 10 working days to discuss you're business.

Unit availability

We have a range of different sized indoor units and shops available at  Castleford, Pontefract, Normanton and South Elmsall markets; meaning whether you want to start small or make the most of a large space we can find a unit or shop to suit you. Contact our team for more information on rents, sizes and available offers. 

Or if you are new to trading and want to give Wakefield Markets a try then why not speak to us about standing on one of our six outdoor markets that run throughout the week. It's a great, cost effective way to test your business idea in a friendly, supportive environment.

Get in touch

Call 01977 727196


Download the application form