Lancaster’s Seasonal Markets happen in Lancaster market square every three months, always on a Friday around the equinoxes and solstices. 

Celebrate the seasons with local produce, street food, music, arts and crafts, community stalls and fun activities for all the family.

The seasonal markets were launched in 2016 with the aim of celebrating the seasons and variety of local produce and products. The  markets create a unique space for local producers, craftspeople and community groups to connect with local people and with other stallholders.

During the Spring, Midsummer, Harvest and Midwinter market, Lancaster’s market square comes alive as a place to meet up with friends, buy local produce and pick up some lunch. As well as a range of local food and craft stalls you’ll find live music throughout the day, cooking demos using seasonal produce and somewhere to sit and enjoy a spot of lunch. The markets offer a mix of stalls including hot food, craft and local produce including veg, honey and vinegars. It’s also a chance to chat to community organisations such as Claver Hill, FoodFutures, Eggcup, Sewing Cafe Lancaster and Lancaster and Morecambe Makers. Finally, each issue of THRIVE (North Lancashire’s community food magazine) is launched at the seasonal market. Come down, pick up a copy, buy some fresh local produce and support our local food economy.

Visit the market

These are the market dates for 2024:

Spring Market: 15 March

Midsummer Market: 14 June

Harvest Market: 13 September

Midwinter Market: 13 December

Join the Midsummer Market

Visit Lancaster’s Midsummer Market on Friday 14 June or join as a stallholder, musician, entertainer, artist or volunteer. 


Meet the stall holders

Check out the market stories at the bottom of this page to find out more about the local food producers, crafters and community groups joining the market

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Want to have a stall?

Contact Andi to find out more and reserve your spot 


Got a creative idea?

Get in touch if you’re a musician or have an idea for street performance.  Spots available on the seasonal market stage

Person handing out magazines at FoodFutures market stall

Pick up a copy of THRIVE

If you miss it at the market, you can read THRIVE online or find a place to pick up a copy on the THRIVE page.

Lancaster’s seasonal markets are coordinated by the Closing Loops project team. Closing Loops is a collaborative project created to stimulate a thriving local economy in North Lancashire. Find out more on the Closing Loops project page


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