Our pick of markets and fayres happening near you…
Bath Christmas Market: 28 November – 15 December
Bath Christmas Market is back for 18 days of magical merriment this year – with over 150 twinkling chalets spread out across the city’s picturesque Georgian streets. Christmas shopping is hungry work, so thankfully there will be an array of tasty food and drink stalls scattered throughout the market. Grab a delicious burger or hog roast, tuck into a pot of caramelised nuts or sip on an aromatic mulled wine while you browse…
The Harbourside Christmas Market: 23 November – 22 December.
Bristol’s Harbourside Christmas Market is set to dazzle, entertain, and delight over five festive weekends. The harbour’s covered walkway has been transformed into a magical Makers’ Market, showcasing over 50 of the city’s independent businesses. It’s a one-stop shop for alternative gift ideas and will offer everything from award-winning preserves to handcrafted leather wallets, artisan chocolates and authentic Bristol-made art. Alongside the bustling makers market, you’ll find street-food-square providing the perfect pit-stop for some of the city’s best street food, live bands and warming mulled beverages.
Symondsbury Estate Christmas Fayre: 1 December 2019
Symondsbury Estate’s popular Christmas Market will take place this year in Symondsbury village, just outside of Bridport. Visitors can expect an exciting range of things to do throughout the day, with over 60 exhibitors selling the very best of Dorset gifts, local food, hot mulled wine and tasty hot chocolate. Symondsbury Estate’s own shops will also be open selling a range of luxury items including festive gifts, decorations, and food and drink.
Padstow Christmas Festival: 5 – 8 December 2019
For the past eleven years, Padstow Christmas Festival has earned a reputation for its phenomenal range of local, seasonal foods. Hungry visitors can get their hands on everything from artisan bread and cakes to handmade chocolates, West County cheeses and delicious preserves. There will also be award-winning craft beer, cider and locally-produced spirits to get excited about this year; as well as expert chef demonstrations and live entertainment.
Brewery Square Producers Market: 22 December 2019
Make sure you head to Dorchester this winter to make the most of Brewery Square’s fantastic Christmas events. On Saturday 30 November, the town will come to life with the annual Christmas lights illumination and the return of Skating in The Square. Don your ice skates, sip on mulled wine and get ready for some festive fun. Plus, on 22 December a brand-new outdoor producers’ market will be arriving at Brewery Square, showcasing a variety of local food and drink. There’s sure to be a buzzing festive atmosphere and plenty of opportunity to buy Christmas gifts from Dorset producers.
Exeter Christmas Market: November 16 – December 19
Set in the city’s beautiful cathedral square, events don’t get much prettier than Exeter Christmas Market. This year, visitors can expect a fabulous array of festive stalls, showcasing local and continental Christmas crafts, gifts and tasty foodie treats. Local bands, carol singers and choirs will be providing a festive soundtrack to proceedings and ‘The Cathedral Tavern’ will be on hand to serve local beers and spirits to thirsty shoppers.
Eat: Christmas Festival: 30 Nov 2019
Eat: Christmas is a fabulous celebration of Somerset food and drink, held in Taunton town centre. Come along to experience all the sights, smells and delicious tastes of the season and reconnect with the producers who make Somerset county so special. Entry is free and there promises to be a wide range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, as well as everyone’s favourite traditional Christmas fare.