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 3.30pm
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.
2021 artisan market dates:
- 25 April
- 30 May
- 27 June
- 25 July
- 29 August
- 26 September
- 31 October
- 28 November
- 19 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 – third Sunday of the month, 9am to 3pm
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.
2021 record fair dates:
- 19 September
- 17 October
- 14 November (second Sunday)
- 19 December (taking place in New Square instead of Main Square)
Organised in association with AA Record Fairs
Young persons' market – Sunday 29 August and Sunday 31 October
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.
2021 young person's market dates:
- 29 August
- 31 October
1940s market - Thursday 28 October 2021
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.
Enjoy 40s music, entertainment and exhibits and meet the stall holders in period dress. Why not dress up as well – the more the merrier!
Full programme of entertainment and exhibits available late Summer 2021.
Chesterfield High Street Awards 2020
Market trader of the year
Winner – Steph's Sustainable Stuff
Runners Up – Ibbotson's Fresh Quality Produce and SAH Fruits