Chorley markets

Chorley is famous for its markets, which date back to 1498 - the most popular market day in the Lancashire town is Tuesday.

There are two main areas which make up Chorley markets - the famous Flat Iron (sometimes known locally as the 'Cattle Market') and Chorley covered market, which makes up the heart of the town.
We have more than 150 stalls on our busiest day and Chorley markets can prove to be a great place to sell your goods. Our stalls are always in demand but we welcome new traders and casual traders who wish to trade on Chorley markets.

We have a covered market consisting of lock-up cabins and table top stalls, open five days a week, as well as an outdoor market on the Flat Iron car park in gazebos held every Tuesday.

Both markets are situated in the centre of town with excellent transport links and ample parking.

Markets consultation

We will be temporarily relocating the Flat Iron market in 2017 to make way for the construction of the Market Walk extension. We want to get your feedback on where it should be relocated - click here for more information. the consultation runs until Sunday 6 November.
  • Apply for a market stall

    You must pre-register as a casual trader before being able to attend and upon completing 4 weeks as a casual trader, you can apply for a permanent stall on the market. Tuesday is the most popular day so if this is your preference then please check in advance.

    To apply for a stall on Chorley markets selling new goods:
    •  Contact us to confirm availability
    •  Complete our casual market stall registration form and return it to us (with required original documents) Please note a registration fee applies.
    •  If you are an existing casual trader wishing to apply for a permanent stall allocation please complete our permanent registration form and return it to us (with required original documents)

    To apply for a stall on Chorley markets selling second hand goods:
    •  Contact us to confirm availability
    •  Complete our casual flea registration form and return it to us (with required original documents)
    •  If you are an existing casual flea trader wishing to apply for a permanent stall allocation please complete our permanent market stall registration form and return it to us (with required original documents) in person to our Union Street offices
    •  All dealers in second-hand goods are required to register for a second hand licence with us. There is a one-off fee for registering

    You can download the market hours and fees.

    All stall holders on any of Chorley markets will require public liability insurance (PLI) that covers up to £5million.

  • Apply for a Market Traders Parking Permit

    All market traders will need to pay for parking from 1 April 2015. 

    You can apply for a 6 month permit using the link on the right hand side.

  • Coach parking

    Free coach parking is available at Chorley Interchange when booked in advance. To disembark / embark at Chorley Interchange please call 01257 261910 to book in.

    Toilets for passengers are available in the Bus Station and Covered Market.

    Free Long Stay coach parking (8 bays) is available in our Fleet Street car park (Sat Nav PR7 2EZ).

  • Market days

    Covered market days (9am-4.30pm)

    Monday - mixed market (collectables and regular stallholders)
    Tuesday* - new goods and food cabins
    Wednesday - closed
    Thursday - new goods and food cabins
    Friday - new goods and food cabins
    Saturday^ - new goods and food cabins

    * Full Flat Iron outdoor market held every Tuesday in addition to the covered market.

    ^ Food and craft market on the second Saturday of each month, in addition to covered market.

  • Specialist markets

    We organise monthly specialist food and craft markets in the town centre to enable local producers and cottage industries the opportunity to sell their goods directly to consumers.

    The market runs along Fazakerley Street, a tree-lined pedestrianised area in the heart of the town centre, from 10am until 4pm, on the second Saturday of each month.

    The stalls include locally produced cakes, dairy goods, hand finished crafts, meats and preserves.

    Dates are advertised in our events section.
  • Useful information

    How to find Chorley markets
    The market is ideally situated just a few minutes walk from the town's bus and rail station with plenty of cheap parking in the town centre. Chorley is located in the heart of the North West just minutes from the M61, M6 and M65.

    By car – Chorley is easily accessible from the north and south off junction 8 of the M61. Follow the signs for the town centre where there are several cheap car parks with three hours parking for as little as £1.

    By rail – Services regularly stop at Chorley from Manchester and Blackpool and the Lake District. The markets are a short walk away from the railway station. 

    By bus – The town is well served by buses with direct links from Bolton, Preston and Blackburn. The markets are within a five minute walk from the bus station.
    Information for coach parties
    Free coach parking is available at Chorley Interchange (01257 261910) when booked in advance.

    Shopmobility is available on the Flat Iron car park.

    Award winning public toilets are available on site.

    Further information
    If you would like to know more about Chorley markets then please contact us.
  • Love Your Local Market

    Love Your Local Market 17 May – 31 May 2016

    Celebrate your local markets as part of the national campaign.

    Love Your Local Market is a national campaign to highlight the importance of local markets. It provides a national spotlight on markets across the country and is not only wholeheartedly supported by the industry but government and a range of other partners.

    The campaign serves to build affection and support for markets, by enhancing their status within the local community and highlighting the importance of markets as community assets.

    Show your support for your local markets and getting involved with Love Your Local Market in Chorley. There are also some great incentives for new traders on the market during the celebrations.

    Get involved
    • Take the time to visit your local market - you might be surprised at what you find and the savings you make
    • LYLM ‘Offer of the week’
    • Get yourself a Chorley Market bag for life
    • Come on down to the market and get some of the merchandise we are handing out
    • Follow Chorley Council on social media (@chorleyCouncil )

    Keep up to date on the latest news and events:
    • Twitter: @ChorleyCouncil
    • Facebook:

    Children’s Ride
    Saturday 28 May – Saturday 4 June 2016 - top of the covered market in Chorley Town Centre
    Enjoy the fun all week.

    Love Your Local Market are working with Love British Food, the organisers of British Food Fortnight, and have put together a list of what is in season in May and we would love to see what you make from your market shop – why not post a picture of a dish you have prepared on twitter with the list of ingredients and method and tag @ChorleyCouncil and #LYLM2016. Follow the LYLM activities on Twitter @loveyourlocalmarket and #LYLM2016

     What’s in Season:
    • Asparagus
    • New potatoes
    • Chicory
    • Radish
    • Crab
    • Rocket
    • Elderflower
    • Sardine
    • Gooseberry
    • Spring onion
    • Lamb
    • Watercress
    • Nectarine

    Incentives for new traders on Chorley Markets
    We’re offering new traders a period of free rent on our covered market and GM Imber are offering free Public Liability Insurance for the LYLM fortnight. Great if you’re just starting out, want to make some extra money or just expand your business. Please enquire at the market office.

    For more information call 01257 267594 or email