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Markets and Fairs

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is responsible for the management of a number of Markets and Fairs throughout the district.  Markets are held on either a weekly or monthly basis in the following towns:

  • Castlewellan
  • Crossmaglen
  • Downpatrick
  • Kilkeel
  • Newry

Information is listed below giving details on Hire Charges for stalls in the Markets, together with the days the Markets are open.

Castlewellan Market

The monthly Castlewellan Market takes place on the second Monday in each month.  Rental, if paid yearly in advance, is £12.  A fee of £20 is charged if showing up on the day, and will be collected by the Council’s Enforcement Officer.

There are also two main fairs throughout the year in Castlewellan – on the first Monday Public Holiday in May and  on the first Monday in November.

Rental for the main fairs is £20 for a standard pitch and £30 for a larger pitch.  Sites must be pre-booked before each fair takes place.

Bookings are accepted approximately six weeks before each fair.

Downpatrick Market

Takes place every Saturday at St Patrick Square, Downpatrick, from 8am to 6pm.  Rental is payable on a quarterly basis at a rate of £12 per week.

Newry Variety Market                         

With over 70 stalls every Thursday and Saturday, Newry Market is the place to find fresh flowers and plants, fresh fruit and vegetables, a selection of the finest local fish, baked produce, clothing for all ages, men's work wear, toys, handmade crafts and gifts, art, modern and vintage jewellery, handbag and accessories, shoes, antiques, bric-a-brac, rugs and furniture, all your kitchen and household needs and much, much more.

No additional charge for electricity in Newry Market.

For information on the variety market contact: Noel Pepper, Market Clerk 079 6825 0742 or Gail Kane at 0330 137 4031.

Market Charges 

Type of Facility/Activity

Charges £ or


Newry Market Stall



Newry Market outside Pitch



Crossmaglen Market Stall



Crossmaglen Market Stall



Kilkeel Market Stall



Insurance Cover

All traders are required to hold £5million Public Liability Insurance cover (membership of the National Market Traders Federation carries automatic Public Liability Cover).  For details Public Liability Insurance, you may wish to contact the Market Traders' Association on 084 5722 1100 or get a quote from another insurer.

The charge in Euro will be determined weekly, in consultation with the Council's Finance Department.