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What social distancing measures will be in place?
Stalls will be spaced out much more than normal and walkways will be made wider to allow plenty of space for you to enjoy the market. In response to the latest regulations, we will be asking all of our traders to ensure that their stall staff have face coverings. For our hot food stalls, we will also be asking them to install queuing markers to ensure social distancing is safely adhered to.
Do I have to pay for entry or buy a ticket?
The majority of our events are free, however we do charge a £2 entry fee for adults (free for children) for our Oxford and Cambridge events.
Are dogs allowed?
The vast majority of our locations are outdoors and well behaved dogs are more than welcome. At some of our indoor venues dogs are not permitted unfortunately. Please check the location page on this website to make sure.
Will there be any gluten free food for sale?
Yes! We always have quite a few traders selling gluten free food.
Please Note: We have included as many frequently asked trader questions here as we could think of. Please scroll down or search the page to find the answer to your question. If the answer isn't here, or it's not clear, then please get in touch.
What are the criteria for being accepted as a Vegan Market trader?
All applications are subject to organiser approval:
Products and services must fulfil our requirements of being sustainable and ethical.
Products and services sold or promoted must be suitable for vegans.
Non-vegan businesses are welcome provided they only sell and promote vegan products and services on the day.
Products must not have been tested on animals.
What's the difference between a standard stall and a catering stall?
You will need to book a catering stall if you intend to cook or serve hot or heated food at the event. A standard stall will be adequate for all other product lines.
Do I need a food hygiene rating certificate?
If you are producing the food and drink that you will be selling onsite with us, you will need to be registered with your local council, which is usually a very simple online application.
Check out the following link for more information: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/register-a-food-business
Can you advise me on my Public Liability Insurance cover and how much it needs to be?
We recommend that your public liability insurance policy be a minimum of £5 million cover. If have yet to get your policy in place, we’d recommend Simply Business as they are easy to get set up and reasonably priced.
Can I sell alcohol and will I need a temporary event notice (TEN)?
At most events you will need to apply for a TEN in order to sell alcohol for at home consumption. Please check with the event organiser what you need to do for each location.
What will the 2-3 high-quality images of your products and stall be used for?
These images may be used to promote your business on our social media channels, as well as confirming the set up of your own gazebo.
Where can I find your terms and conditions?
Our terms and conditions can be found here.
How do I register as a new trader?
Once you have created an account with us here, you'll be invited to submit all of your documentation here.
I'm a new business owner, how do I get involved?
Check out our new trader guidance document that can be found here to see if you meet the criteria and have all the insurance, certifications and licences needed to join us onsite, then create an account with us and fill out our new trader registration form as above.
BOOKING SYSTEM & APPLYING TO EVENTS
How do I apply to an event?
You need to create an account with us and then select the event you want to trade at, if you're an existing trader. You can create your account here.
If you are new to trading with us, please see above.
I've submitted an event application. When will I hear back?
We aim to respond to each and every application to confirm or discuss your attendance at our markets within 72 hours (during the working week), but do bear with us during our busy periods.
Can I edit my application after I've submitted it?
Once you've submitted your application you cannot alter it. You can check what details you submitted and what options you chose for each event by logging into your account and selecting 'All Bookings'. If you need to alter your booking then please get in touch.
What events have I paid for?
This is detailed in the profile of your account on our booking system, which can be found under the circular profile image at the top of the booking system.
I've already paid for my pitch but on my booking account it still says 'Payment Status: Payment pending'. When will this update?
Once you've made payment via bank transfer the booking system will normally update in 1-2 working days.
I can't select the event I want to apply for. Why is this?
There are two likely scenarios:
1 - The event you are trying to book is more than 12 months in advance of today's date. You cannot book events that are more than 12 months away.
2 - The event you are trying to apply for is already full, but if this is not detailed on the event trader page, please get in touch with the office team that will be able to help further.
The website says the event I want to trade at is full? How do I join the waiting list?
Please send us a message detailing what event waiting list you want to be added to (location & date), what you want to sell and we'll add you to the waiting list.
What events am I booked in for?
To check what events you are booked in for all you need to do is log in to our booking system here. Once you have logged in, navigate to 'My Bookings' and click on 'All Bookings'.
How do I update my profile?
Login to the booking system here. Click on the profile icon in the top right-hand corner and click on My profile > Edit profile.
How do I cancel a booking?
To cancel a booking all you need to do is log in to our booking system here. Once you have logged in, navigate to 'My Bookings', click on 'All Bookings' and find the event booking you want to cancel. You then need to click 'Cancel Booking' and then 'Confirm and Submit'. You will receive a confirmation email confirming your cancellation.
How do I reset my password?
Log in to the booking system here. Click on the profile icon in the top right-hand corner and click on 'Remind password'.
Do you accept last minute bookings?
We require payment of a pitch fee at least one month prior to the market date, so we tend to not accept any new applications up to two weeks ahead of the event. If you, however, are eager to join us and are able to make a payment of your pitch fee within 72hrs prior to the event, we may make an exception.
Please email the office team on firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if we will be able to accommodate you.
How do I get notified about new events? How do I sign up to your mailing list?
We send a monthly newsletter to our mailing list summarising our upcoming events calendar. Click here to subscribe.
Equipment & Infrastructure
Can I bring my own gazebo?
You can bring your own gazebo to all of our outdoor events. However, we ask for you to only bring gazebo's that are 3m x 3m or less in dimension to fit into the site plan and you need to make sure you bring enough weights with you to secure it safely.
I am thinking of buying my own gazebo, can you recommend any?
We've used Apex Market Stalls and the Gazebo shop previously, so check them out. We would highly recommend not going cheap as the gazebo never tends to last long and we like to think that if you're using it for a fair few events that it's better to pay a little bit more and get a sturdy structure that will last.
Can I hire a gazebo and/or table?
Gazebo hire is available at most of our outdoor locations. Gazebos available for hire are either 2m x 2m or 3m x 3m. From 2021 onwards we are not offering table hire. Please check the trader page of the location you're interested in to find out what is available. You can bring your own gazebo as long as it is 3m x 3m or smaller.
If I hire a gazebo will it have side walls?
Most of the time we are able to supply side walls as part of the gazebo hire but sometimes this isn't possible. Please get in touch if this is important.
Can I bring my catering trailer/catering van?
At most of our outdoor locations you can bring your catering trailer or catering van. Please check the trader page for the specific location you're interested in.
Can I book power?
Every event site is different, so please check the traders page of the location that you want to attend on our website, where it will detail what is available to you.
Can I bring a generator?
Silenced diesel generators are permitted at most of our outdoor locations. Please get in touch to check.
Can I use gas?
You are permitted to use gas at all of our outdoor locations.
What is the size of the pitch I have booked?
The vast majority of our outdoor locations have 3m x 3m pitch sizes (if you are bringing your own gazebo) or 2m x 2m pitches if you are renting a gazebo from us.
Is the pitch pre-allocated or is it on a first come first serve basis?
The site plan is allocated by the office team and is dependent upon a multitude of factors, such as product variety, pitch size, and infrastructure being used. It is not permissible for stallholders to change their stall position on the day of the event without expressed consent from the market manager.
Can you tell me who is currently signed up to attend a market?
Check out our Facebook event that highlights the traders that will be joining us ahead of each market.
PAyments & Refunds
How much does a stall cost?
Our prices vary depending on the event, what you are selling, and where you are selling it, so check the booking page of the location you're interested in to find specific pricing. For a general idea, our standard pitch fee is around £69 (inc. VAT) with our hot food caterer pitches at around £159 (inc. VAT).
How do I pay for my fee?
You will receive an invoice generated by Xero that will detail the payment deadline and bank transfer details.
When do I need to pay?
We ask all traders to pay their fees at least a month before the event takes place, if there is no payment then we reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time.
What happens if I can’t pay my fee on time?
If you have a specific reason that you cannot pay for your pitch fee, then we can discuss this further, so get in touch with the event organiser to discuss your situation. However, it is at the discretion of the office team that if you do not pay in time, we have the right to cancel your pitch.
What is your refund policy?
If you cancel more than 4 weeks away from an event you will be entitled to a full refund. If you cancel less than 4 weeks away from an event we won't be able to refund you and market credit will only be issued if we can find a replacement.
Where can I find the setup information for this weekend's event?
You can find all of the set up information for each event here. The set up information is normally added onto here around 10 days before the event runs.
What is the guidance for being COVID Secure?
Please be aware that we're keeping up-to-date with the latest developments, in regards to COVID-19, and we're happy to process any refunds or move a pitch fee to any future event if there are any further changes.
In response to the latest regulations, we will be asking for all traders to ensure that their stall staff have face coverings (face masks, visors, etc.). As well as for our hot food stalls, we will also be asking these traders to install queuing markers (floor tape, chalk, etc.) to ensure social distancing is safely adhered to onsite.