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Barnsley Christmas Market

by Food Festivals Ltd (80 exhibitors, 40000 visitors)

About event

7 – 10 December 2023

FREE ADMISSION TO VISITORS attending the Christmas Market

Anticipated Visitor numbers based on previous footfall count:  40,000 over 4 days.

Venue Overview:

The Glass Works in Barnsley is a 200 million pound, modern, contemporary retail and leisure destination, which compliments the traditions of Barnsley’s historic markets and reflects the famous Barnsley spirit, all located in the heart of the town centre.

At the heart of the development, the Glass Works Square significantly enhances the accessibility and connectivity of the town centre by providing direct access to and from the Transport Interchange, as well as creating a high-quality and attractive public space for events, where people can enjoy, meet and relax in.

The photographs displayed are from previous events that have been held in the Glass Works area in 2022.

Event Overview:

In 2022, after running many successful events in the Glass Works area of the town centre, Barnsley Council is introducing a 2023 Christmas Market as part of their on-going vision and strategy for the town centre.  Barnsley Council have recently been voted the 'Best Local Authority - Events Team 2022' at the NOEA Awards Evening (National Outdoor Events Association). Previous events have proved to be a huge hit with visitors, with footfall up over 40% and dwell time for visitors increasing to over 2 1/2 hours.  The long-term vision for the Christmas Market is to create a signature event for the borough based upon market research undertaken as part of the development consultation activities which demonstrated a high demand for a Christmas Market within the town centre.

The Glass Works and wider town centre also benefits from ample parking and a centralised public transport hub  - off street parking on Saturday and Sundays is free for the first three hours.

Food Festivals Ltd have been commissioned by the Council to host their Christmas Market during the dates of 7th - 10th December.  The event will comprise of food product stalls, food and drink concessions (a limited number), craft stalls and an area which will also be used for entertainment and live music.  

With the event being in a town centre, and on hard standing areas, it is imperative that marquees are secured correctly, thus marquees will be provided for product and trade exhibitors as gazebos at this time of the year will not withstand high winds.   Security will also be on site for the duration of the set-up and event.  This means that Exhibitors will have the option to either leave their products / crafts in the marquee during the 4 days, or they can pack up each night.  There is FREE parking, a 5 minute walk away for Exhibitors.  

For those Exhibitors who are trading on their own, we have a friendly event team you can call upon to give you a quick break.  Nothing is ever too much trouble - and we might even be able to make a few sales on your behalf!

Opening times for exhibitors:

Thursday:  10am - 4pm

Friday 10am - 8pm

Saturday:  10am - 8pm

Sunday:  11am - 4pm



Apply for this event


The following documents are required when applying for this event (where relevant)

1.  Public Liability (a minimum of £5 million for food produce / caterers.  Minimum of £2 million for craft)

2.  Risk Assessment

3.  Fire Risk Assessment (forms attached)

4.  Gas safety certificates

5.  Environmental Health rating (FSA or equivalent)

6.  Gas pressure test certificates (Coffee providers only)

Please upload these to your application in the Documents area of the application form on the next page.


Deposit Scheme:


Other Information:

Streetfood Pitches (Min 4* Food Hygiene Rating required - 5* preferred.

Our definition of Streetfood is any food or drink that is sold to be consumed immediately.  To reduce landfill, we require all our streetfood traders to serve using reusable, recyclable or decomposable products.

All streetfood pitches will have flooring installed to stop any form of food waste marking the Square.  This is included in the price of the stand.

Product and Trade spaces are 3m x 3m pitches that include a marquee.  

You need to register with Event Owl to store your details and process your application - there is not a paper application form.

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If you have any specific requirements, then please make a note of that in the 'Special Requests' box

Generators are not permitted. If you require electricity please add this to your booking form.

All rubbish must be taken away with you. It is not permitted for you to dispose of your rubbish in any of the public bins. If we find you doing this we will invoice you for the disposal of your rubbish (minimum £100 + VAT).

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed by the Food Festival Team and you will receive an automatic email from Event Owl to confirm your application has been received. If you do not receive your email please check your spam filter.

Your deposit will be processed once your application has been approved. The balance due date is 2nd November 2023. This will be automatically taken from the card presented at the time of booking. Further details will be on the email sent to you by Event Owl.

If your application is approved, you will receive a further confirmation email via Event Owl.  Failure to pay the invoice by the due date could result in your pitch allocation being released.

Only those approved will have their payment cards charged.  You need to make sure that the details on this form are correct. You will not be able to make any changes to this form once it has been submitted.

If your application is declined you will receive a confirmation of this via Event Owl.

Your joining instructions will be sent out to you a few weeks before the event. (If you have not received this information by 20th November 2023, then please check your spam filter then get in touch with Food Festivals Ltd). 

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