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Booking the Market Place

A free community area in the centre of the town

The Market Place is available for use by community groups who have charitable purposes or who operate on a not-for-profit basis. The diary is maintained by the town's Information Centre if you would like to check any dates. The booking forms are available to download below.  Please read the booking application form ahead of phoning or calling in. You will need to comply with all terms and conditions. Public liability insurance a risk assessment, signed documents contribute to a booking confirmation. This year there may be conditions connected with social distance and great carefulness in public health must be undertaken.

The Council continues to operate a policy not to make a charge for hiring the Market Place to community groups. The only cost for a day event is for electrics £12.80 inclusive of VAT.

Please note that Mondays are reserved for the Charter Market. A Bank Holiday may be available as the market is not held. The third Friday in the month is reserved for the Farmers' Market. On the Chamber of Commerce website and on the town diary there are (approximately quarterly) local excellence Saturday markets and craft fairs.

Sale of alcohol on the Market Place

The Town Council has a licence to sell alcohol on the Market Place. Subject to terms and conditions of the licence and the Council's policy, you may be able to ask to sell alcoholic drinks under this licence. Request this well in advance at least four weeks.

In order to sell alcohol under the licence you must designate a person who will be at your event at all times whilst alcohol is being sold and that person should hold a Personal Licence.  There is a fee of £12 (inc. VAT) payable by all organisations in order to be given permission to sell alcohol.  We are aware that organisations using the Market Place are not-for-profit or charitable but the charge is made to cover the Council's costs in administering the important requirements of the alcohol licence. The charge should also be viewed in the context that no charge is made to hire the Market Place for your event.

If you are unable to nominate a Personal Licence holder you may still be able to obtain permission to sell alcohol dependent on the nature of your event and the availability of a Council Personal Licence holder on the day of your event.  If permission is given then a fee of £60 (inc. VAT) is payable.

The forms which you will need to complete are available to download below. 


The Council operates a number of commercial markets - the weekly Monday Charter market and the monthly Farmers' Market.   The Market Place is available for other markets but the Council, through its Community Services Committee, has to approve these markets as "occasional" markets.  If you wish to apply to organise a market you should aim to give as much notice as possible and a minimum of four months so that your application can be considered by the Community Services Committee.  For more information please e-mail the Town Clerk at

Please email your completed forms back to


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