New traders are welcome to the historic heart of Gainsborough

A women at a market stall giving out wool to a customer.

West Lindsey District Council is calling for new traders to come and join Gainsborough Market.

There are a number of opportunities to trade in our historic Market Place on Tuesdays, Saturdays or our monthly Farmers and Craft market, or all three! Trading on the market is a great, risk-free way of trying out a new business idea or expanding from selling online. 

You will be in good company and will join a wide range of traders on Gainsborough Market Place, some of who have been with us for years and some who have recently joined us.

Wayne Hill at CoolFish has been trading in Gainsborough for the last 25 years and has built a loyal customer base. He said: 

“I first started in the Foodhall and have gradually made our way onto the Market Place. I enjoy chatting away to our customers, selling fish and having a good gossip. I strongly recommend joining the market as a trader.”

Kim Farrier at The Garden Tea Room recently joined several months ago and has found her experience positive, she said: 

“I’m a new trader and so far, I have found that the people of Gainsborough are really friendly. We love our customers, and we cannot wait to return for more markets!”

Wilcox Bakery has also been on the market for a long-time and always welcomes his customers with a friendly smile. Kevin said: 

“I’m very proud to say that Wilcox Bakery has been trading on the market now for a good 35 years! There are so many friendly faces on the market and our customers are so nice. Come and join the market, you won’t regret it.”

Hannah at Sugar Lips Cupcakes is one of the regular Farmers’ and Craft Market traders with her delicious cakes and bakes the public know and loves. She said: 

“It's really enjoyable being here at Gainsborough as one of the regular traders It’s a well organised market and we love our customers.”

A market has been held in Gainsborough for over 800 years since King John granted the town its Market Charter in 1204. We are investing in our historic Market Place to make it once again part of the commercial and social heart of our town.

West Lindsey District Councillor, Jeanette McGhee, who represents the South-West Ward in Gainsborough said she would love to see more traders on the market. She said: 

“Gainsborough market is special not only to us as a Council, but to our residents, visitors and shoppers. Joining the market place as a trader is a great way to start a new business idea and Gainsborough Market place will always welcome new people with open arms!”

The Council’s Towns Manager, Nicola Marshall said: 

“We have a friendly line-up of regular traders on our traditional retail weekly market and the monthly farmers and craft market. Now is a great time to get established on the market and take advantage of our incentives to trade. 

“Trading on a market is ‘Low Cost, No Boss’ and it’s a great way to start or expand a business with very little risk. We have an exciting Young Traders’ market coming up in June – ‘Trade for a Tenner’ if you are between 16 and 30 years of age.”

It's easy to set up and there are incentives for both new and young traders.

If you are interested, please contact the Markets Officer by emailing

For more information about Gainsborough Market – visit Gainsborough Market where you can also download a trader application form.

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