1st Sunday of every month*
Since 1292, when the charter was bestowed upon the town by King Edward I, Knutsford has been a market town.
On the first Sunday of the month *from February to November, Princess Street is transformed into the Makers Market, showcasing some of Cheshire’s finest food and craft producers where you can find everything from the finest Cheshire cheese, tasty dips and sauces, traditional jams, tempting treats and a fantastic selection of crafts and gifts, the Makers Market offers something for everyone.
With 150 traders, live entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere it really is the place to be every month
You can view the latest stall arrangement here: March 2020 Makers Market Layout
Service Level Agreement
In 2019, the Town Council prepared a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the Makers Market Limited to formally regulate the arrangements for the market and respond to some of the concerns received from Town Centre residents. A summary of some of the key provisions of these documents are set out below. To read the SLA click Makers Market SLA
As well as legal formalities it contains several conditions upon which a licence is granted, which must be complied with for a licence to maintained. These include;
- A maximum of 150 stalls per market that shall be paid out in accordance with an agreed plan, with limited duplication and complement not compete with the existing retail offering within the Town.
- Set Up shall take place from 6am on Princess Street and from 7am on Regent Street and Silk Mill Street. Any set up carried out between 6am and 7am shall be done on a quiet basis and the Market Operator shall ensure this is made clear to all staff on site.
- During Set Up, Operation and clearance of the Market that dropped kerbs, access to commercial and residential premises and any emergency exits are not blocked and that passing and crossing points are available to the general public.
- A Market Manager must be specified for each occurrence of the Market and their contact details be provided to the Council in advance of the market. They should be easily identifiable, have first aid training and their name and contact details must also be displayed at either end of Princess Street and on Silk Mill Street.
- Requires compliance with the Emergency Plan
- The provision of any live or recorded music shall not take place until after 12 noon to avoid disruption to church services taking place in the vicinity of the Market.
The SLA also sets out the responsibilities of the Makers Market which include the control and monitoring of Trader parking and to discourage parking illegally on the Highway or private land in the vicinity of the Market and implement clear and regular signage to encourage visitors to walk round the Market in a clockwise direction for their safety and comfort.