Here’s the ultimate guide to this year’s best Christmas markets across the South West and the Thames Valley.
The Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW • Sat 5th Nov
Back for a fifth year, this is the perfect day for any oenophile. With over 300 wines on offer, you can pick up the ideal bottle for that special someone, or treat yourself to a Christmas tipple. Special discounts will be available throughout the day as well as expert-guided wine walks.
Bowood House & Gardens, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ • 24th Nov
Venture out of the city this Christmas and head to beautiful Bowood House for an indulgent day of festive shopping. Browse stalls brimming with sweet treats, clothing, handmade toys and decorations before you refuel in the Christmas café.
Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet Shopping Centre, St Ann Way, Gloucester, GL1 5SF
17th Nov to 20th Nov
When you picture a quintessentially English Christmas scene you’re probably thinking of a Dickensian vignette. That’s precisely what you’ll find at this four-day extravaganza. Wander around with the costumed street performers and discover brass bands, crafters and traders.
Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY • 24th Nov to 11th Dec
Located in the historic heart of Bath is a gem of a market. A treasure trove of artisanal treats awaits you, all created by independent traders. Whether you’re looking for homeware, clothing or a delicious gastronomic treat you’ll find something to please.
Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 1UX • 2nd Dec to 23rd Dec
The theme of this special market is ‘made in Bristol’, an attribute that links all 20 different chalets. Prepare to be spoilt for choice, with local, independent traders all displaying wares, from handmade chocolates and cake to affordable art.
Waterfront Square, Bristol, BS1 5LL
Sat 13th Dec to Sun 14th Dec & Sat 20th Dec to Sun 21st Dec
A stylish location, family-friendly atmosphere and some of the region’s very best producers – what more could you want from a Christmas market? Check out the goodies on offer with a glass of mulled wine in hand, as the kids pen letters to Father Christmas.
Green Park Road, Bath, BA1 1JB • 18th Dec
Bath’s family-friendly artisan market comes to the city once more. Hot and cold fare will be offered as well as all sorts of gift-worthy knick-knacks, lovingly created by talented traders. Little ones are sure to enjoy the dedicated play area.
Ascot Racecourse, High Street, SL5 7JX • 24th Nov to 27th Nov
Back a winner this year with the Christmas Fair at Ascot. Not just your average market, this festive fair features 150 traders and producers, all selling unique gifts and treats. Whether you’re looking for stocking fillers or a tummy filler, you’re in for a treat.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, RG8 9NR • 18th Nov 2016 & 26th Nov to 5th Jan 2017
Basildon Park is beautiful year round but comes into its own over the Christmas period. Don’t miss out on the holly wreath workshop on the 18th November, where you can pick up some top tips for your Christmas decor and enjoy lunch. From the 26th November to the 5th January the house will be fully dressed in festive regalia.
Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury, RG7 6RR • 1st Dec to 23rd Dec
Escape to the countryside this Christmas at Bucklebury Park Farm where events will be lined up throughout the festive period. Tuck into a scrumptious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings at Woody’s Café, but make sure to book ahead as it’s understandably very popular.
Northbrook Street, Newbury • 11th Dec, 4pm
Join in with the festive fun at Newbury’s Festival of Light. Make a lantern beforehand and then wait until dark to proceed through the streets, past Christmas trees decked with twinkling lights. Spectators are also in for a treat; stand back and soak up the wonderful atmosphere.
Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead, Road, Windsor, SL4 5JJ • 17th Nov to 20th Nov
Whether you’re looking to shop ‘til you drop or unwind with a glass of mulled wine, you’ll find all you need at this beautiful fair. There is a late night shopping evening on the 17th for a relaxed retail experience. Everything from bespoke gifts, skincare and wine, to pottery and clothing can be found here.
Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AA • 18th Nov to 20th Nov
For three days Henley-on-Thames is transformed into a winter wonderland with a delightful Christmas market at the heart of it. Browse the wonderful stalls packed with artisan produce and pick up a unique gift for a special someone, before treating yourself with some delicious edible goodies.
Victoria Park, Newbury • 24th Nov to 18th Dec
Get ready for a festive extravaganza this year with the much anticipated Newbury Christmas Festival. Wander along tree-lined avenues and enjoy the mix of stalls, activities and entertainment on offer among the glittering lights.