Reopening of Ramsgate’s weekly market postponed

Market stall

The reopening of Ramsgate’s market will not take place this Friday (April 5).

The date has been postponed for ‘three or four weeks’ according to new operator Bray Associates. It is understood there are administrative details to be completed with Thanet council but Bray is assuring the market will relaunch soon.

The town centre, Friday market shut when covid restrictions were brought in during March 2020. It briefly reopened in June of that year but issues around placement meant the market closed again. A new site proposed for Pier Yard car park on the seafront was scuppered at the 11th hour.

Traders were then given the go-ahead to use Staffordshire Street car park, taking space in several disabled parking bays. But there was a drop in traders taking part on Fridays and none willing to set up for business at the site on Saturdays.

The low number of stalls meant falling income, with then-operator Hughmark making a decision to cease trade in the town.

In June 2022, Cabinet members approved proposals to secure a new operator for the market. It also agreed to remove existing street trading and hawking restrictions on the High Street, King Street and Queen Street.

Last October Bray Associates were selected to relaunch the market.

Bray Associates currently manage markets for 13 local authorities and had planned to launch the new market in Ramsgate on April 5 but this has now been pushed back.

When the market does relaunch it is expected to have between 15 and 30 traders on Ramsgate High Street, King Street and Queen Street.

A Thanet council spokesperson said: “We’d like to see Ramsgate Market up and running again as soon as possible and are working with the operator to sign off on the final details ahead of its return.

“Whilst the operator had published a specific date online, the opening date for the Ramsgate Market has always been scheduled for spring of 2024. We still expect that to be the case and will share the exact opening date when it is confirmed with all parties.”

Traders who are interested in applying to take part in the market should contact the Bray Associates Head Office on 01895 639912 or [email protected]

Ramsgate’s weekly market announced to return next April


    • I hope this is indeed a temporary situation, but Bray associates may have found that reviving something that was defunct and under the overlordship of TDC is not a money spinner.According to this article, Bray associates have to resolve some ‘administrative details’ with TDC.
      TDC hung on to Hughmark far too long and the outcome was failure, because the market looked tatty and unloved.
      Bray associates are going to have to invest for sometime before they receive a return if any.
      Down the road Deal has an active market with new gazebos and more stalls.
      If I was going to invest the £20m levelling up grant, that is where I would start, because it would act as a seed bed for new businesses and could be done quickly. However, TDC will need to be extracted kicking and screaming from interfering. Levelling up means devolution not District council meddling.

  1. Need to sort the crack heads out there first. Ramsgate high street is a vile place full of druggies, drunks and graffiti.

    I can’t be the only one that sees this when I have to walk through there????

  2. Flammable clothing, mobile phone cases and rotting fruit. Can’t wait to see the same old tat being flogged again.

  3. Tbh there were some decent market traders who pitched up locally, have met many of them at other locations and i ask them will you come back ?
    Replies (all) are rather negative, cant say what so many said but one trader said , its a shanty town or i think that is what he said.
    Anyway have located the trader selling those large and so comfy Y front’s. bliss has returned!

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