Shoppers in town can expect big discounts on offer from stores such as Argos, Beales, Boots, The Body Shop, Bonmarché, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Matalan, River Island and Sainsburys.
Beales are offering up to 50% off Menswear, Ladieswear, Linens, Towels and Homewear.
Boots are running a Black Friday Weekend, with up to 60% off perfumes, aftershaves and Christmas beauty gifts.
The Body Shop are offering up 40% off their products for the whole of this week.
Bonmarché will be offering up to 50% on key lines, with special price cuts available across dresses, knitwear and outerwear alongside pieces from the David Emanuel for Bonmarché collection.
Debenhams has offers from across all departments, including home and furniture, fashion and beauty.
Marks & Spencer will offer up to 30% on their fashion collections, homewares and food range.
Matalan are running a Black Friday Half Price Sale Week, with 50% off hundreds of items for the whole family.
River Island are offering up to 40% off all week on clothing, shoes and accessories.
Outside of town, on the Hardwick Retail Park, Currys PC World have already kicked off their ’10 day Black Tag’ event, with an estimated 3,000 discounts on Nespresso, Dyson and HP products in the run up to Black Friday.
Tesco Extra will be closing at midnight on Thursday and will re-open on Friday at 5am for Black Friday customers.
Online spending alone on Friday is expected to top £1billion, making it the busiest web shopping day in the UK on record.
Argos and Amazon are offering same-day delivery on millions of online purchases, mostly to home addresses.
Elsewhere in the town, several so called “pop up shops” have appeared offering seasonal gifts, cards and wrapping paper.
We have a full list of shops on our Shops Page.