Shoppers and visitors

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) now affecting many areas of our services to the residents and businesses of Amber Valley, we are keen to keep you right up-to-date with the changes we are being forced to make. Read more about your council services.

Shop essential, shop local, shop safe

Amber Valley Borough Council welcomes safe shoppers to our market towns for essential shopping and we have taken steps to give those who want to shop in the town centres the confidence to do so.

The safety of those who live, work and shop in the borough is the council’s number one priority. We are creating safer spaces, so you can confidently and intentionally shop local and help rebuild our market towns and support their recovery.

People visiting our town centres will see several physical changes have taken place along with signage around the town centre to remind shoppers to follow guidelines on social distancing.

This is a new shopping experience for us all and we hope that shoppers will continue to be cautious, calm, and kind.

Stand apart but come together in support of our market towns. Our economy will bounce back faster if you participate and shop local.


Follow these links for information about shopping in our market towns and more.

  • Visit Amber Valley - shopping, markets, places to visit, events and more
  • Love Belper - essential shops plus online shopping, click and collect and takeaway/delivery
  • Ripley Town Council - essential shop opening times, safety measures and information about shops offering online ordering and click and collect shopping options
  • Alfreton Town Council - essential shop opening times and safety measures
  • Heanor Vision - – essential shopping and markets and takeaway choices
  • Love Heanor (on Facebook) - essential shopping, markets and town centre information


The council has been working with traders from all markets so that they meet the government’s Covid-19 secure guidelines.

Both Friday and Saturday open air markets are popular with local shoppers and provide a valuable variety of essential goods.

This open air market, opens on Friday and Saturday all year round. Value for money essential shopping for all the family from ambient food, sweets to pet supplies. Find out further information on their Facebook page.

Alfreton has a large indoor market on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of every week. Find out more at You can also visit their Facebook page for further information.

Find out more about our markets and the safety measures they are taking at


Residents are encouraged to walk or cycle wherever possible and consider visiting the town centres at quieter times. Some stores may be opening limited times or offering a 'pre-order and collect or appointment only' service, so it could pay to check in advance.

Contactless payment is preferred at the council's pay and display car parks. Amber Valley residents are reminded to use their resident's parking permit, which entitles them to park for free in most car parks after 4pm or upgrade to an enhanced permit at a cost of £5 to benefit from free parking after 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays and free town centre parking on Sundays. Find out more about this at


The public toilets in Ripley are open and Heanor Market Place toilets are open from 10:00am – 4:00pm daily.

The disabled toilet in Crossley Park, Heanor Memorial Park & Belper River Gardens are also open

Belper Town Council have opened the toilets on Strutt Street, Belper.

All public conveniences and cleaned and inspected throughout the day.

Press releases

You can view associated press releases on the following links.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 570222 or email