Terms & Conditions


The Craft Market is run by co-organisers Mike and Di Reed. Mike Reed is the licenced Market Trader and has overall responsibility for the events and final decision making in all matters. The Craft Market is held on Fridays and Saturdays, with occasional other days, between April and September, alternating between Stornoway Town Hall,  and Tarbert Community Centre on the Isle of Harris.

The events are fully licenced and insured. However, individual losses are not covered by the group insurance so you may wish to take out personal cover for your table.

Trading times: 10am-4pm


In Stornoway, precedence is given to traders selling direct to the public and not engaged in wholesale of goods to town centre outlets. Wholesaling creates a conflict of interest that undermines both the market and the shops. Exceptions are at the discretion of the Market Trader. Please ask if you are unsure.

Traders must declare what they propose to sell and inform the Market Trader if they wish to change or add to stock. Tableholders who do not have website or facebook pages may be asked to provide photographic evidence of the stock they intend to sell, and are not expected to deviate from this without discussion with the Market Trader. Items on the restricted list (see below) must not be included and traders are asked to respect what others are selling, and not copy ideas. The Market Trader reserves the right to remove any items put up for sale considered unsuitable.

All requests for tables are evaluated by the Market Trader.


Jumble; electrical goods, toys; cooked foods including baking and preserves have to comply with CNES trading standards and the appropriate licence obtained; this also applies to cosmetics and toiletries (anything that is used on the skin).


All arrangements involving shared tables must be discussed with the Market Trader.


Tables may be requested as soon as dates are announced, and at any time up to within three days of the event. Bookings will be confirmed according to availability. Traders will be emailed in the week leading up to the event to confirm bookings. If you request a table and cannot attend on the day, please let us know as soon as possible, as we have a waiting list. Frequent cancellations or failures to attend will result in loss of the table.         

Requests for tables are usually made online by contacting The Craft Market –

Email:  [email protected]  or [email protected]

Tel:     Mike or Di on 01851 880233.

Dates are posted on the website at www.craftmarkethebrides.com



Traders are allocated space within the hall by the Market Trader. Any change to your situation - eg cancellation, table sharing or sub-letting - must be discussed with the Market Trader. Private arrangements between tableholders which are not agreed with the Market Trader cannot be upheld. Please ask and we always do our best to help!


Tables and chairs are provided, but traders must supply their own table cover and display materials. Display of goods should be in keeping with the standards of the event. If traders wish to use free-standing displays, this will depend on table position and must be discussed and agreed with the Market Trader.


A single table costs £7.50-£12 per day; double tables are charged at £12-£18 per day, depending on location, and with some concessions at the discretion of the Market Trader.  Payment is made on the day in Carloway and Tarbert. To comply with venue policy, the dates for Stornoway Town Hall are paid for in advance by the Market Trader, using funds from the tableholders.

The Craft Market's sole source of revenue is the table rents paid by table holders. These cover hall fees, insurance, website, promotion and other expenses outlaid by the Market Trader.

There are no other charges involved in attendance.


Any cancellations must be made no later than the Wednesday prior to the event, excepting emergency. The Market Trader reserves the right to charge for any tables booked but not used, as this affects event revenue.

In event of cancellation by tableholders who have paid in advance for the Stornoway dates, money is not automatically refunded but dates given in lieu. However, the Market Trader will consider individual circumstances with careful attention.

Tableholders are therefore asked to consider carefully the dates they book in advance.


Traders can access the hall from 9am to set up their table displays. Traders are asked not to begin packing up earlier than 4pm, unless there are special circumstances. Traders who routinely break down early run the risk of losing their table. The hall must be clear by around 5pm. Traders are asked to break down their own tables before they leave the hall and to pick up any litter in the immediate area.

All venues offer WCs and kitchen facilities for making hot drinks. Tea and milk are provided.


 All stock at all times is the responsibility of the table holder. The Market Trader is not able to intervene between the tableholder and any customer complaint/dealings.

Type of Stock: To have a realistic chance of sales, all table holders must sell goods that are compatible with the standards of quality delivered by the event.


Tables for the Christmas season are awarded in the first instance on the basis of attendance in Stornoway Town Hall and Tarbert Community Centre during the Spring and Summer season.


Any queries or problems should be referred to the co-organisers Mike & Di Reed.

Table holders are expected to treat fellow traders, visiting public, facilities and organisers with respect.

Any trader acting inappropriately will have their tables revoked.


Charities are invited to request tables at The Craft Market. Tables for charities are not charged. Independent fundraising undertaken by table holders must be approved by the Market Trader.