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Markets in North East Lincolnshire

We manage three markets in North East Lincolnshire. The Grimsby Top Town Market, the seasonal Cleethorpes Market, and the Farmers’ Market.

Grimsby Market

Grimsby Town Market Hall is usually open four days a week from 9am to 4pm on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The modern market hall is next to Freshney Place Shopping Centre in Grimsby. You can get to it through Freshney Place as well as from entrances on Bull Ring Lane and Victoria Street.

Food Hall

The Food Hall is open six days a week from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday. You can get to this through both Freshney Place and the market hall.

The market has 81 stalls and 9 units selling a variety of items. These include, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, sweets, clothing, shoes, electrical good, gifts and flowers. The traders are very knowledgeable about their products, and give exceptional customer service and the personal touch so often lacking in supermarkets.

Safety measures

Measures including social distancing are in place to ensure the safety of traders and customers.

  • one-way system with entry only from the Devonshire House entrance (opposite Wilko’s) and exit to Victoria Street only
  • floor markers to ensure shoppers remain 2 metres apart
  • queuing arrangements with each trader
  • additional cleaning procedures

Grimsby Top Town Market and food hall business directory (PDF, 225KB)

Go to the Grimsby Market Hall Facebook  page for updates.

Market history

Records show there has been a market in Grimsby since before the end of the 12th Century and during the period of the town’s decline the market became the mainstay of economic life in the borough. It was originally held on Wednesdays and Saturdays near the Market Cross to the east of St James Church and received its first Royal Charter from King James I in the year 1604.

A Corn Exchange was opened in 1857 housing some traders and a roof extension was later erected to protect outdoor traders. The local council took over the running of the market in 1853 and after occupying various locations in the centre of the town it moved to its present building in 1976.

The market is very proud of its heritage. There is a photography display at the market depicting the market at various times in its life and at various sites dating back to before the 1900s.

Cleethorpes Market Place hosts a traditional market and is commonly known for its flower and plant displays. The well-established market has taken place in the resort since 1998 and also includes a clothing stall.

The popular, seasonal outdoor market opens on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. It is currently closed and will reopen from Wednesday 2 March.

If you are interested in trading at Cleethorpes Market or would like more information on the incentive scheme, contact the Market Office.

The Grimsby Farmers Craft Market is on the third Friday of every month in Victoria Street, in the heart of Grimsby town centre.

You can purchase local cheese, bread, cakes, lamb, pork and even ostrich meat to name but a few. The traders are local and are heavily involved in the production of the goods they sell, whether it be making, growing, or rearing it!

It’s fresh, it’s local and it’s great value!


Victoria Street, Grimsby.


Third Friday of every month (Weather permitting).

Farmers market video

This market is managed by the Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby and operates from a purpose-built hall in Freeman Street on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 8am and 5pm.

For further information please contact the Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby on 01472 356518 or visit the Freeman Street Market  website.

Market stall trader information

To apply for market stall please complete the online Market stall application form  or contact the Markets Office directly.

Further details on market stalls for traders and those interested in becoming traders can be seen in the expandable menu below. You can also find out more by visiting the National Market Traders Federation  website.

Sometimes there is a waiting list so that the markets can sustain a variety of goods on sale. However, depending on the type of goods you wish to sell you may not have to wait at all.

All market stall holders have to sign a licence agreement and also supply Public Liability Insurance prior to a stall being allocated. All stalls are reviewed at regular intervals.

New trader’s meetings can be arranged with the Markets Manager by contacting the markets office directly.

Different charges apply for each of our markets.

Grimsby Top Market

Rental is dependent up on the size of the unit and location within the Market Hall.

Cleethorpes Market (seasonal)

Pitches start at £11.90 for regular traders and from £14.50 for casual traders.

Farmers’ Market (Grimsby Victoria Street)

Stalls are currently £24.

All market stall holders must have a licence to trade.  These are granted free of charge when signing up for a stall.

Public Liability Insurance must be supplied prior to a stall being allocated.

All market stall holders must have a licence to trade but these are granted free of charge when signing up for a stall.

Public Liability Insurance must be supplied prior to a stall being allocated.

Licence Summary:Application for the provision of services on a market stall.Applicable fees
There is currently No application fee for this licence.Please be aware there is a weekly licence fee payable please contact the Markets Manager for further information.
Eligibility Criteria:Please contact the Markets Manager for further information.
Regulation Summary:Please contact the Markets Manager for further information on weekly payments, days of payment, hours of opening etc.
Evaluation Process:Please contact the Markets Manager for further information. If you have not heard from the Local Authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Markets Manager for further information.
Apply Online:Application for a market stall licence
Tacit Consent:No. The Authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the Local Authority within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this on-line here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details at the bottom of this page.
Failed Application:Please contact the Markets Manager for further information.Licence applications are granted in accordance with the Letting policy which includes product line, availability and suitability.
Licence Holder Redress:Please contact the Markets Manager for further information.
Consumer Complaint:We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made by you – preferably in the form of a letter or e-mail (with proof of delivery) to the Markets Manager.Any complaints about the application process or any other concerns should be made direct to the Markets Manager in the first instance.
Other Redress:Please contact the Markets Manager for further information.
Public Registers or Databases:No public register available.
Trade Associations:National Market Traders Federation

Related content

Market stall application form

Licencing – Street trading and street markets

Related websites

Freeman Street Market

National Market Traders Federation

Contact details

Markets Office, Market Hall, Bull Ring Lane, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1EB


Telephone: 01472 325836

Office opening times: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30am to 4pm, Wednesday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 8:30am to 3pm except bank holidays