Attracting huge numbers of tourists, performers and promoters from all over the world, the centre of the festival makes an excellent trading location.
The markets are an integral part of the Fringe street events and run on the High Street and the Mound Precinct throughout the Fringe. Each year we look for stallholders who will fit with the nature of the event. The aim is to put together a market selling a diverse range of original, handmade, high-quality goods, designed and made by the traders themselves.
If you wish to trade on the streets of Edinburgh, outside the areas that the Fringe Society manages, you will need to make the necessary arrangements to do so yourself. Visit City of Edinburgh Council website for more information
For 2020 the trading dates run from 07 to 31 August, with trading ending early on the final day of the festival.
There are three hiring periods within the trading dates for traders to choose from:
- Period one: Friday 07 – Sunday 16 August (10 days)
- Period two: Monday 17 – Sunday 23 August (7 days)
- Period three: Monday 24 – Monday 31 August (8 days)
There will be an early finish on the final day to assist Fringe Society staff packing stalls away for storage. The exact time will be confirmed in trader contracts but is usually 17:00.
If you are changing site your changeover day will be Sunday. You may choose to trade for one or two periods only or for the full festival.
If applying for the full festival, you will be allocated a stall for each period of the Fringe, eg two periods on the High Street, one period on the Mound. You will be charged based on the rates shown below. Please note, due to availability, it may not always be possible to provide you with your preferred full festival locations, in which case you will be allocated what is available and charged accordingly.
Those selecting to trade for one or two periods will be allocated stalls on either of the two sites and will be charged accordingly. Traders may request specific weeks but not specific sites. The Fringe Society will then allocate stalls to successful applicants. Traders unhappy with their allocation may withdraw their application at this stage.
It is possible that the market will change shape on both the High Street and the Mound Precinct, but we will post more news about this as it becomes available. We will ensure stalls have the best possible location within any new layout.
Please note corner stalls on both sites will be expected to keep two sides open. The images below illustrate last year's market layouts for reference.
The price of trading will depend on the site and the week allocated.
High Street stall hire - daily rate: £95 + VAT
- Period one: Friday 07 – Sunday 16 August (10 days) £950 + VAT
- Period two: Monday 17 – Sunday 23 August (7 days) £665 + VAT
- Period three: Monday 24 – Monday 31 August (8 days) £760 + VAT
Mound Precinct stall hire - daily rate: £75 + VAT
- Period one: Friday 07 – Sunday 16 August (10 days) £750 + VAT
- Period two: Monday 17 – Sunday 23 August (7 days) £525 + VAT
- Period three: Monday 24 – Monday 31 August (8 days) £600 + VAT
- Pitch and covered stall provided by the Fringe Society.
- Trestle table.
- Shared use of a storage container (available on High Street only).
Apply for 2020
As an integral part of the street events, we are looking for stallholders who will fit with the nature of the event. Our aim is to put together a market selling a diverse range of original, handmade, high quality goods, designed and made by the traders themselves.
- Only designers / makers should apply
- Applicants can only make one application
- Applicants must be able to prove that they have made all products by hand, themselves. Any products mass-produced or imported will not be considered
- Allocation of stalls in previous years will not influence the decisions of the selection panel
- Products must be high quality and demonstrate an original use of materials
- Products must be presented attractively within the stall space
- Products must meet the City of Edinburgh Council’s trading standards – visit edinburgh.gov.uk for details
Please note - in the case of jewellery applicants we make an exception to the rule that all products must be made by the trader. We understand that some jewellery traders will outsource some of their product lines to other manufacturers for practical reasons. As long as these products are all the trader’s unique designs and a proportion of the products sold are 100% made by the trader, the application will be considered.
It's important that you are clear and honest when applying. Please be sure to specify:
- what product lines are manufactured elsewhere.
- how you ensure your products are ethically produced.
- how you maintain the integrity of your work.
Terms and conditions for 2020 will be detailed on the final trading contracts. The 2019 market traders terms and conditions are available for reference.
Please be aware there are only 30 stalls so it is not possible to accommodate everyone. We expect to have a high number of applications so please ensure your products meet the above requirements.
Applications are now open for 2020 and will close 27 March 2020.