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Preston Outdoor Market Reintroduces Friday Trading

8 May 2024

A view of Preston Markets' canopy from Lancaster Road

A view of Preston Markets' canopy from Lancaster Road

After a hiatus of several years, Preston City Council have announced the reintroduction of Friday trading at Preston's Outdoor Market.

This move brings the Outdoor Market back in line with Preston's traditional trading days of Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. A range of popular stalls beneath the historic Victorian canopy will trade selling books, flowers, plants, household goods and more, between 8am and 3pm.

Councillor Martyn Rawlinson, Cabinet Member for Resources at Preston City Council, said:

"We are thrilled to bring back Friday trading to Preston's Outdoor Market. This has been possible due to the dedication of our fantastic market traders and the continued support of those who choose to shop local and support small independent businesses, all contributing to the growth and prosperity of our city.

"Friday trading on the Outdoor Market will add to the vibrancy of the area, and will complement Animate entertainment complex, which is due to open in early 2025, and the Amounderness House business hub to follow."

Pete Burns, Outdoor Market Trader said:

"As a long-term trader at Preston's Outdoor Market, I couldn't be happier about the return of Friday trading. It's not just about the extra day of business, it's about reconnecting with our loyal customers and strengthening the sense of community that makes Preston Markets so unique."

The Friday Outdoor Market will return on Friday 10 May.

Further Information

  • Preston Outdoor Market is held on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am until 3pm.
  • Preston's Second-Hand Market is held in the outdoor location at Preston Markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am until 3pm.
  • Preston Market Hall is open Monday to Saturday, 8am until 5pm, individual trader opening times may vary.

For most information on traders, opening times, events and more visit Preston Markets.

After the Covid lockdowns, Friday trading on the Outdoor Market did not return. Although some traders were happy to continue trading on a Friday there were not enough to make this a viable trading day. There are now enough traders available to reinstate Friday as a regular trading day. 

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