Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market


Market Square
Kirkby Lonsdale

Tel: 015242 97177


Thu:8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Please check with individual businesses for seasonal or public holiday opening times.

Kirkby Lonsdale has had a Market Charter since 1227. The original market was situated at the corner of Main Street and Market Street before being relocated to the town’s elegant Georgian square, overlooked at one end by The Royal Hotel, made famous by a visit by Queen Adelaide in 1840, and at the other by the old bank.

Kirkby Lonsdale’s Thursday Charter Market is a popular way to shop locally and pick up the freshest goods. It has a range of stalls offering everything from local produce to plants and jewellery. 

The Country Market held in the Lunesdale Hall between 10am and 12 noon on market day is also a great source of home-made goods. These include include bread, cakes, jams and preserves, plus hand-crafted home and personal accessories. 

There are other markets in and around the Lune Valley. You can find them at Sedbergh (Wednesday), Kendal (Wednesday and Saturday) and Milnthorpe on a Friday.

Community gazebos are available for use by local schools, community groups, startups, local retailers and charities. 

General stallholder spaces are available throughout the year.

For all stallholder and community gazebo enquiries telephone 015242 97177 or email

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Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market

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Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market, since 1227, every Thursday in the Market Square. Locals & visitors enjoy good range of stalls; local wares & produce, food.

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1 day 16 hours ago

Where has the weather gone? Never mind, your Charter Market is here as always!

Today we have some new stalls:
Alison with her delightful bags, dog bandanas, baby hats and face coverings.
Tom and his lovely wood products - candle holders, pictures and boards.
Elena and a great selection of bedding.

Welcome back to Alberto. His usual selection of fantastic wines are on display! Next door is Matt with his mouthwatering bakes and cakes.
Kate and her quirky coffee van is here (we need warming up!). Lunch is sorted with Dal Fiorentino and Mansergh Hog Roast. Nathan and his great selection of fish (that’s tea sorted) and finally Karen, trying to brighten this dismal day with her wonderful colourful plants!

See you all later!

Please observe social distancing and there’s hand sanitizer for your use in the Monument.

Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market

3 days 11 hours ago

Read about future plans for the market on the town blog...

Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market

4 days 11 hours ago

Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market some important FACTS

Please feel free to ring me on 015242 97177 or email me if you are at all concerned about the Charter market. I think I will be able to put your mind at rest. Janet Nuttall Town & Tourism Manager.

Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market remains the priority of the CIC. We are a market town and it is important we have a viable, busy, quality and varied market each week.

The CIC (Community Interest Company) continues to monitor all aspects of its performance to ensure success and longevity. It has not gone out to tender.

We are concerned that there has been little growth over the past few years despite our best effects and investment.

Times are hard for mid-week traditional markets like ours.

We had to make some difficult decisions. This is the action we have taken in the best interest of the whole market and town.

To work with a market management firm that has specialist skills and resources far beyond ours that can improve the market on all levels and increase the footfall.

Geraud (UK) Ltd has a proven record of running successful markets in Cumbria. We checked this out.

They have seen the negativity surrounding their planned involvement with Kirkby Lonsdale Charter market and are contacting each trader to reassure them that the rumours of vastly increased rents and corporate takeovers are just not true. They have been misled by rumour. They are doing this because they believe in working with the community not against it. This is reflected in their website please take a look:

Change is scary and these are difficult times.

I would just ask you to give it a chance. I believe it is giving our market the chance of success it needs for a long future.