Traditional Markets

Aerial view of the Stockton Town Centre Markets

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Our traditional markets have been bringing visitors to our town centres for well over 700 years. Stockton’s iconic market, known locally as “The Queen of the North”, boasts over a 100 independent stall units selling a large range of quality goods and fresh local produce all year round.

As well as hosting the largest market in the area, Stockton Market won the best 'large outdoor market' at the 2018 National Association of British Market Authorities awards.

We are part of the Real Deal charter which demonstrates a commitment to prevent counterfeits and other illicit goods being sold at our traditional markets.

We have launched the Our Markets Matter strategy to show how the Council will achieve the goal of producing outstanding markets across the Borough. Find out more here.

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Stockton Town Centre Market

This traditional market is held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. You can get one hour free parking in several Town Centre short stay car parks, or if you want to stay a little longer its £1 for three hours. 

Stockton Market is set to be positioned between the Shambles and the Town Hall and towards the north end of the High Street in the northern events space from Wednesday 5 January 2022.

Click here for more information on the market’s relocation.


Billingham Market

Billingham Market comes to town every Monday and Friday all year round and is located in the heart of Billingham’s Town Centre. Stalls include cards and accessories, fruit and veg, discount food outlet, women’s clothing, baby clothing and watches, batteries and e-cigarettes. There are also catering outlets where shoppers can sit down, relax and enjoy a cup of tea and there is free parking all around the Town Centre.


Thornaby Market

Thornaby Market is located in the heart of Thornaby Town Centre and is open every Thursday all year round. Stalls include bags and luggage, DVDs, flowers and plants, watches and batteries, women's and men’s clothing, household and domestic products, eggs, fresh fish and fruit and veg.  With three hours free parking or the option of longer stay parking if required, you can even take the weight off your feet, grab a quick cuppa and a bite to eat whilst you shop.


Applying for a stall

Applying for a stall at any of our markets is easy and markets are a fantastic opportunity to test the water in running your own business without expensive overheads and long term commitments.  All you need to do is get in touch with a member of the Market Team who’ll discuss with you what you want to sell, on what days etc.  They will advise on how to get started and go through the application process with you personally.

New traders can take advantage of our fantastic start up offers. this includes free use of a 3m x 3m gazebo, free rent and free insurance for up to 4 weeks. This support is unrivalled in our area and really shouldn't be missed.

For more details on how the market is run and general rules and regulations, please follow the link to the Market Regulation and Quality Standards 2015-20. You can also find details on what ID you’ll be required to provide and you must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom as a trader in compliance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. 

For more information on our markets or for general market enquiries please contact Richard Beddard on telephone: 01642 527745, mobile: 0778 856 6998 or Jon Wilmot on 01642 527849, mobile: 07768070451. Alternatively, you can email: [email protected].


Complaints and advice

If you wish to complain about the way we have dealt with your application please contact the Town Centre Management team in the first instance.

If you have a complaint about a particular market trader that we have allocated a Market Traders Licence to, we advise that you contact the trader in the first instance. If your complaint is not resolved you may wish to read more about your Customer Rights (if you live within the UK) or the UK European Consumer Centre (if you live outside of the UK).