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St Albans Market Activities and Events

If you belong to a community organisation and you'd like the opportunity to raise awareness, funds, or even just a smile, why not make use of the new pop-up event space at the Charter Market?

little girl wearing a hat, doing a craft activity

What’s the story?

The Council has made available a space in a prime location on the Charter Market every Saturday so that community organisations can perform, promote and entertain. Show us what you do by coming along to the market and putting on a show to sell tickets or raise awareness of a particular cause. Organisations can book one day a year in the space, though if charities would like additional days on the Market on other occasions, they can still book and pay for it using the standard application procedure. Visit the 'Trade at St Albans markets' page here, and click on the link for a charity pitch.

Where is the space?

It’s by the bike racks, in front of Five Guys on St Peter’s Street. It’s big enough to fit two standard-sized, 3m x 3m gazebos (which can be provided in return for a deposit, along with tables and chairs). There is access to a power supply, as long as you bring along a commando plug suitable for connecting to a 32A supply, and cover any wires to avoid creating a trip hazard.

What kinds of activities might be suitable?

Art activities, performances, demonstrations, exhibitions, displays, you name it. Anything interactive, engaging, amusing or thought-provoking that’s suitable for a family audience. Perhaps you’d like to do something to tie in with an awareness day or cultural celebration – see the calendar linked below which sets out awareness days and major religious days of observance if you’d like some inspiration.

How do I sign up?

First, email with a brief outline of what you’d like to do, and your proposed date, so we can check if it is available. When we’ve confirmed, please fill in the application form linked below.

Can I raise money for charity?

 If you want to collect funds as part of your activity, you’ll need to apply for a street collection licence, and only one of those is made available per market day, so you’ll have to get in early. Go to this address to make an application.

Can I charge for an activity?

It’s fine if you need to make a small charge to cover your costs.

Do I need anything else?

Your organisation will need to have £5m-worth of Public Liability Insurance, and you’ll need to submit a short risk assessment along with your application.