Feel festive at a Christmas market

Feel festive at a Christmas market


Posted 7th Dec 2015


It's that time of year again where you pull on the gloves and scarf and venture to a local market to uncover hidden gems for this year's stocking. Here we find some of the best Christmas markets for 2015

The Scottish Market
This traditional and romantic market is in the heart of the city, offering a unique shopping experience with a fair of crafters, artists and gift shops. The popular Christmas Market is held in a picturesque setting below the Mound, and also features a children’s market set in Santa Land, where you’ll find plenty of festive, child-friendly experiences. Set in St Andrew Square, this Scottish market showcases some of the best craft, food and drink that Scotland has to offer including delightful cupcakes, gin, Scottish brewed craft beer, as well as Scottish crafted jewellery and woodwork.
Visit www.newmarketholidays.co.uk for dates and further details on how to arrange a coach trip to this stunning market.

December Food Market
Visit Eyam Hall and Craft Centre over the weekend of 12th and 13th December and find all the trimmings for your Christmas Day feast. Featuring local producers and seasonal food the December Food Market champions local Derbyshire producers. Enjoy chocolate from The Bittersweet Chocolate Company, honey from Dad's Bees, or indulge in food from the local smokehouse, Jaquest, and The Bakewell Pudding Shop.
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for dates and further details.

York St Nicholas Christmas Fair
St Nicholas Fair, York’s annual festive market, has over 100 snug chalets set across the city’s main squares. There are exciting craft stalls offering Christmas gift ideas sourced from across York, as well as plenty of foodie treats. There's also the opportunity to meet Father Christmas in his grotto, and friends and families can gather around a roaring fire whilst enjoying a lovely cup of mulled wine surrounded by twinkling fairy lights.
Visit www.newmarketholidays.co.uk for dates and further details on how to arrange a coach trip to this stunning market.

Yuletide Market
Soak up the Christmas atmosphere at Rowallane Garden's Yuletide Market. Set in the heart of County Down, Rowallane Garden's market is bursting with interesting craft and tasty food stalls, not to mention an array of Christmas trees and festive wreaths made by the gardening team. Enter this enchanting market and spend time with the family as you experience festive fun.
Admission into the market costs £5.80 for adults, £14.50 for a family ticket, £2.90 for children, or is free to National Trust members.
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for dates and further details.

Kingston's Christmas Market
The ever-popular Christmas market is back at the historic Ancient Marketplace in Kingston where you can pick up a personalised hamper which contains a selection of award-winning goods sourced from Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Stroll along the market stalls with a host of goodies including chocolate gifts, mulled wine, spiced cider and real ales and uncover the best that Kingston has to offer.
Visit www.kingstonfirst.co.uk for dates and further details.

Christmas Fair
Fill your stockings with inspiration from the Christmas Fair at Newark Park as you venture into the picturesque estate of Newark Park in Gloucestershire. Decorated from top to bottom with greenery directly from the grounds, you can enjoy warm drinks by the cosy fire, joyous carols and winter views as you look at stalls full of unique gifts and Christmas goodies. Let the children enjoy the festive trails available as you spend the day in the cosy surroundings of this charming location.
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for dates and further details.

 

Alpine Market
Head to the Bournemouth Apline Market at The Square as it comes alive with quirky craft, festive fare and live entertainment on the Christmas Stage. A wintery Christmas atmosphere means the market is a buzz with dancing and singing as you peruse the Victorian arcades filled with stocking fillers and presents for the family. Bring the little ones and enjoy the festivities as you get ready for Christmas Day.
Visit www.makeitbournemouth.co.uk for dates and further details, and for places to stay if visiting the market go to www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk.

Bath Christmas Market
With over 170 chalets packed full of gorgeous Christmas gifts lining the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, this award-winning market is a magical Christmas destination. Priding themselves on being not only a distinctively British Christmas market, but also a local one too, the market includes more than 80 per cent of stallholders and businesses from Bath and the surrounding area. From handmade wooden toys and crafted candles, to tasty cheeses and funky jewellery, you’ll be able to find something for the whole family.
Visit www.newmarketholidays.co.uk for dates and further details on how to arrange a coach trip to this stunning market.

 

By Lauren Morton

 

Images courtesy of NTPL Paul Harris and David Levenson, and makeitbournemouth.co.uk

 

 





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