Markets and Market Hall

Markets and Market Hall

Chesterfield Market is one of the largest open air markets in England and has a rich history dating back to at least 1165. It hosts a variety of different markets and events all year round.

Chesterfield's market was earning royal revenue as long ago as 1165, when the Sheriff of Derbyshire recorded an account of £1 2s 7d from the market of Chesterfield.

But it was the Charter granted by King John in 1204 that gave the town the right to hold a market twice a week and an annual eight-day fair at the Feast of the Holy Cross in September. The original market site was by the Crooked Spire church, but early in the 1220s it outgrew this area and was gradually moved to where we see it today.

Market Hall

Chesterfield's Victorian Market Hall was originally built in 1857 and was fully refurbished in 2013. Find out more about Chesterfield Market Hall.

Details of our open air markets and events

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Artisan Market – last Sunday of the month, 10am to 3.30pm 

Chesterfield artisan market takes place once a month with over 80 of the very finest artisan market traders.

You will find a high-quality range of authentic goods with an emphasis on all that’s local, ethical and original. Our traders are all super-talented and we expect great things of them.

Whether it is something for dinner, a gift for a friend, a treat for someone special or simply stocking up on essentials that you can’t get elsewhere – Chesterfield artisan market is the place to visit. No matter what the weather rain or shine, the market will enliven your spirit, and combined with a scout around the shops and a wander around this beautiful town, it’s a great day out!

Browse stalls, taste the culinary treats, talk to artists, vintage dealers and designer-makers, or sample the hot authentic street food whilst being entertained by local musicians.

The artisan traders will have been busy, baking, brewing, preparing, making, designing, distilling, sewing, stitching, stirring, cooking, sourcing, painting, growing and constructing.

2020 artisan market dates:

  • 23 February 
  • 29 March 
  • 26 April 
  • 31 May 
  • 28 June 
  • 26 July 
  • 30 August 
  • 27 September 
  • 25 October 
  • 29 November
  • 20 December 

Organised in association with The Market Co

Autojumble – Monday, 6am to 4pm 

Chance to browse the stalls selling a range of motoring memorabilia, old car parts and spares.

Christmas lights switch on – Sunday 15 November 2020, midday to 6pm

Chesterfield is set to be bathed with a magical glow at the annual Christmas Lights Switch on event.

With fun fair rides, Santa's grotto and market stalls from 12 midday, stage show hosted by Peak FM from 3.30pm ahead of the lights being switch on at 4.45pm.

Find out more about the Christmas Lights Switch On.


Flea Market – Thursday, 9am to 4pm 

Rummage among the stalls to find yourself a bargain. You never know what might be on sale secondhand – a piece of Pearson’s pottery, Goss crested china, vintage jewellery and clothes, and a range of collectables.

One of the biggest weekly flea markets in the country, there are regularly more than 150 stalls and it’s a fantastic idea for a day out.

Medieval Fun Day – Tuesday 28 July 2020, 10am to 5pm

Chesterfield's famous outdoor market remembers its medieval roots on a fun day out for all the family.

The Market Place will be full of stalls for you to browse, from charity stands to street food as well as a whole host of traders from our general and flea markets. The Market Hall will also be open 9am – 5pm.  

The event sees stallholders enter into the fun by wearing  fancy dress, selling goods and providing children’s games.

Why not come along in your own period costume and join in the medieval spirit?

Find out more about the Medieval Fun Day.

Open air market ­– Monday, Friday and Saturday, 9am to 4pm 

Chesterfield market has become one of the biggest open-air markets in the area, selling everything from cutlery to carpets, from shirts to shoes, from pans to potatoes.

Whatever you want to buy, there’s a stall selling it somewhere – it’s just a matter of finding it among all the stalls packed into the town centre.


Street Food and Grooves Festival - Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June 2020

The Street Food and Grooves Festival returns in 2020 with an eclectic mix of hot and cold food from around the world whilst picking up some hidden treasures and tasty treats.

Wash all that down with drinks and live music from the Sound Bites stage.

Find out more about the Street Food and Grooves Festival.

Young persons' market – last Sunday of April, June, August and October, 11am to 3pm

If you're aged between 5 and 25 you could become a market trader for the day!

Sell your unwanted toys, books and clothes or products that you've bought or made.

If buying is more your thing, browse the stalls for new toys, books and clothes or grab a homemade gift for a loved one; you're sure to find a bargain.

Find out more and book your free stall here.

2020 young person's market dates:

  • 26 April
  • 28 June
  • 30 August
  • 25 October

1940s market - Thursday 29 October 2020

Rummage through the stalls at one of the biggest flea markets in the country. Who knows, you might even find a hidden treasure or a priceless antique.

Enjoy 40s music, entertainment and exhibits and meet the stall holders in fancy dress. Why not dress up as well – the more the merrier!

Find out more about the 1940s market.

Chesterfield Retail Awards 2019

Market trader of the year

Winner – Roper's Honey
Runners Up – Spire Vintage and Top Cards

Market Hall business of the year

Winner – R P Davidson Cheese Factor
Runners Up – Fairplay Gift Emporium and Thanks a Bunch

Last updated on 19 February 2020