Family,  Travel

‘Tis the season to visit markets!

Apart from the big day itself, you can’t beat the build up to Christmas and for me one of the fun festive days on my to do list is visiting a Christmas market!

My nearest market is probably Birmingham. It’s been there for 12 years now and based in Victoria square. There are 180 beautiful stalls and so many twinkling lights. Have a mulled wine in an festive mug or a lovely hot dog whilst having a browse. There are gifts, jewellery, handmade items and food, open from 17th November until 29th December.

I fancy traveling further afield this year and so I have had a look into Stagecoach who are offering cheap bus fares to get me to some of the other Christmas markets in the UK.

Newcastle upon Tyne

The winter wonderland of a market is located at the top of Grey Street, just under Grey’s Monument.

The Little wooden huts of Newcastle’s market bring cultures together – perfect for children to experience the world. With stalls from all around Europe offering their own special items including foods & ornamental you’ll have a massive scope to find the perfect gift for that special person or even something for yourself!. You can even go to the Centre for Life to try Ice Skating.

Open: 11th December – 17th December

Lincoln

I have never been here but I would love to see the historic culture of Lincoln and over 280 stalls to show my little poppets proper Christmas magic in the back drop of the castle.

Yummy freshly cooked food and opulent gifts are available from the stalls outside and even some of the shops bring their wares out onto the cobbled streets, how perfect does that sound!

There are also some nostalgic fairground rides and you might even see an elf (so the kids best be good)

Open: 7th December – 10th December

Exeter

Housed in the West Front of the Cathedral is Exeter’s enchanting market. Along your walk of the stalls you and your family will find something from every continent, all whilst being in the presence of the cathedral.

This year showcases the inclusion of something special..a bandstand where the local bands, singers and choirs provide atmospheric evening entertainment. You can even visit two more markets whilst your year situated on Castle Street and Fore Street

Open: 16th November – 17th December

London

Lastly but not least how about a trip to Hyde Park to the Winter Wonderland and see not only the markets but experience the circus, ice skating and the magical a Cinderella on ice, (however booking is strongly advised as there is a high demand of certain activities)

You can even see the big man in red and see the faces of your kiddie winkles light up. The Wonderland is open after Christmas too incase you get the festive blues. Whilst you are in the capital why not have a look at the other famous landmarks, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Leicester Square in all their festive glory!

Open: 17th November – 1st January

Have some festive fun! I can’t wait to hear where you have been!

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