Welcome to Fleetwood Market, a coastal gem on Lancashire’s lovely coast and one of the oldest markets in Lancashire.
The roots of this market are firmly steeped in history when market rights were first granted in 1275 but these were first exercised by Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood (founder of Fleetwood town) in 1840. The market remained a constant through many times of change and today, a true shopper’s paradise, you’ll find a variety of stalls including food, clothing and household goods to name but a few – all at great prices.
Open four days a week all year round it's easy to get to by bus or tram and is fully accessible for wheelchair users. There is also a free to use cash machine on site.
Don’t take our word for it, here’s what their customers say:
“A busy traditional market which offers a wide variety of different stalls. The added benefit is being able to enjoy a walk along the seafront whilst you are here.”
“Easy parking, friendly staff, indoor and outdoor stalls and all wheelchair accessible.”
Open 9am – 4.30pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday PLUS Bank Holidays and Tram Sunday
Market rights were first granted to the area in 1275 by King Henry III; they were not exercised until 1840 when the town that Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood had envisioned started to take shape. Fleetwood’s first market was opened on 7 November 1840 and was a basic wooden building with a slate roof encased by a stone wall with wooden gates at each entrance - one on Adelaide Street and the other on Victoria Street.
Fleetwood Market was eventually purchased by the Local Authority in 1890, by which point it had attracted the textile and clothing trade from Manchester as well as local fresh produce. The popularity of Fleetwood Market saw the town erect the current stone building in 1892 with a glass roof and room for offices, staff accommodation and ninety-four stalls. A photograph from 1908 shows cattle pens directly adjacent to the stone building.
An article in World’s Fair in 1933 states that by this point Fleetwood Market comprised ‘a market hall, two open markets, all contiguous’ and that the market hall had an ‘open appearance’ due to a regulation which restricted tenants from displaying goods any higher than 18 inches over stall height.
Fleetwood Market continued to operate during WWI and had its 100th anniversary in 1940; however, celebrations were not held due to the War. In the post-war years Fleetwood Market built a reputation for itself as one of the best and most varied in the north-west and has attracted coach trips from across the UK.
In 1990 Fleetwood Market celebrated its 150th anniversary with a number of renovations and reopened in November boasting an ‘indoor centrally heated hall and a large outdoor market’. It has since continued to grow and flourish with extended opening times during the holiday season; there are over 150 stalls selling a range of items including household goods, fresh produce and the Wyre’s finest fish.