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.
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 eventsExpand all
Artisan market – last Sunday of the month, 10am to 4pm
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.
2023 artisan market dates:
- 26 February
- 26 March
- 30 April
- 28 May
- 25 June
- 30 July
- 27 August
- 24 September
- 29 October
- 26 November
- 17 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.
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 120 stalls and it’s a fantastic idea for a day out.
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.
Record fair – second Sunday of the month, 10am to 4pm
Chesterfield record fair takes place in Main Square on the third Sunday of the month.
Browse the stalls sell Vinyls, CDs, DVDs as well as rock and pop memorabilia.
2023 record fair dates:
- 8 January
- 12 February
- 12 March
- 9 April
- 14 May
- 11 June
- 9 July
- 13 August
- 10 September
- 8 October
- 12 November
- 10 December
Organised in association with AA Record Fairs
Vegan Knights Market - first Sunday of the month
Organised by Rainbow Monkey Events who are looking for traders selling cakes, cheese, bread, chocolates, sweets, candles, make up, jams, spices and anything else vegan related.
2023 vegan market dates:
- 8 January
- 5 February
- 5 March
- 2 April
- 7 May
- 4 June
- 2 July
- 6 August
- 3 September
- 1 October
- 5 November
- 3 December
Find out more on the Rainbow Monkey Events website
Young persons' market - 10am to 4pm
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.
2023 young person's market dates:
- 30 April
- 29 October
Crafters' Bazaar - Sunday 21 May 2023, 10am to 4pm
Join us in the Main Square to browse a whole variety of materials for your own craft projects, whether you're an experienced crafter or a trying it out for the first time.
The Crafters' Bazaar is a great way to make use of other people's unwanted materials and to stop surplus supplies from going to waste - so pop along and see what bargains you might find!
Plastic Free Festival - Sunday 16 July 2023, 10am to 4pm
An annual festival bringing together the community to help people reduce their reliance on single-use plastics.
Enjoy craft workshops, kids' entertainment, food, drink and live performances whilst learning how you can make positive changes.
No single-use plastics are given out at this event, so make sure to bring your own reusable containers, bags, cutlery, cups and bottles to support the ethos of plastic-free living.
Find out more on the Plastic Free Festival website.
Medieval fun day – Tuesday 25 July 2023, 10am to 4pm
Join us for a fun family day out in Chesterfield's town centre with our popular event themed around the Middle Ages.
Visitors will be able to enjoy lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a fun fair, stalls in the market and medieval re-enactors.
Want to sell your goods at our medieval fun day? Book a stall here.
1940s market - Thursday 2 November 2023, 10am to 4pm
Enjoy 40s music, entertainment and exhibits and meet the stall holders in period dress. Why not dress up as well – the more the merrier!
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.
Further information to be released closer to the event.
Love Chesterfield Awards 2022
Market trader of the year
Winner – Ibbotson’s Fresh Quality Produce