Become a market trader

We have made changes to the opening times of some of our markets and have temporarily closed those smaller ones with less footfall and fewer traders to protect you during the coronavirus outbreak.

Visit to see the changes in opening times of your market.

Trade on Wakefield Markets with our Business Start-Up Scheme

Why not start your business or expand your trading at one of Wakefield’s markets? We have a wide range of stalls and units available across the district - and with our Business Start-Up Scheme you can enjoy 20 weeks’ reduced rent at our indoor markets or 12 weeks’ reduced rent on our outdoor markets.

May successful businesses started life on a market stall, including Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Innocent Drinks. In Wakefield we have a strong track record of supporting traders, helping them get started in our markets and supporting them to grow. By signing up to one of our markets using our Business Start-Up Scheme, we’re offering you a helping hand with minimum risk and a reduced cost.

Our scheme is open to new and existing businesses, including traders who currently stand at one of our markets (terms and conditions apply). It’s really easy to apply, just complete our application form and we’ll let you know within 10 working days if you’ve been successful.

To find out or discuss your application contact us on 01977 727196 or email


Download the application form

Wakefield’s open market

Trading on one of our open markets provides an exciting and flexible way of trading, and there are plenty of opportunities available at our outdoor markets in Castleford, Pontefract, Normanton, Ossett, South Elmsall and Wakefield city centre.

Permanent traders pay the monthly rent by Direct Debit. Casual traders pay their stall rent by debit or credit card and need to contact our dedicated team (see under 'Contact Us' details) to arrange payment once they have been allocated a stall. Rents vary from £9 to £30 per day, depending on where and when you want to trade.

Indoor market units available

We have market units and shops to let at our indoor market halls in Castleford, Pontefract, Normanton and South Elmsall with a range of sizes available, so 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. 

To find out more, please contact us:
01977 727196