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South Shields Market: Information for market traders


  1. Overview 
  2. Changes to the market for COVID-19
  3. Information for market traders
  4. Make a complaint about a market trader

Information for market traders

The market is now fully open, including for non-essential retail.

We are pleased to welcome back current traders and new traders, who may want to restart or expand their businesses at the market.


Market stalls cost £16 per stall with no commitment - traders can sign up one week at a time.

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the busy town centre, great local shops and iconic local buildings including the Word and The Customs House, which generate a high footfall.

Market stall size

The size of the board space on the stalls is:

  • 6 feet 6 inches wide by 11 feet long

Apply to be a market trader

To operate a market stall in South Tyneside, you may need a market stall licence.

Please email 

COVID-19 guidance for market traders

To make sure everyone visiting and working at South Shields Market are kept safe and following government guidance on social distancing, market traders are asked to follow the guidance below.

You may be asked to change the way you trade or leave the market if you are not following the guidance.

General guidance for traders

  • Do not come to the market if you have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Please let the market representative know if you become ill while you are trading


  • Please follow any instructions given to you by the market representative
  • Follow any signage displayed on the market
  • Only bring items which can be placed on or underneath a stall
  • No racking, rails or build outs from stalls
  • You may not have your normal stall due to the new set up of the market
  • The market will close at 3pm for market equipmentto be cleaned and cleared away

Vehicles and loading

  • All vehicles must be moved from the Market Square before trading starts
  • Trading from vehicles is not allowed
  • Please follow instructions from the market representative about loading and unloading vehicles


  • Rent payments will be taken upstairs in the Old Town Hall between 11 and 11.30am
  • Please have the correct amount of money to reduce the amount of cash handling
  • The Council is working towards contactless payments in 2022
  • Please enter the Old Town Hall from the left stairwell and leave from the right. Please remember to maintain social distancing at all times


  • Please clear any waste from your stall regularly and when the market has closed
  • Please follow good hygiene techniques at all times

This page will be updated in line with the latest government guidance.

Thank you for supporting the market during this time, your help is appreciated.

If you have any queries, please contact David Amess on 07951825264 or email

Next page: Make a complaint about a market trader

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