UK Christmas markets with a twist!!!

Christmas, Events

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Markets are a fantastic way to pick up a unique gift for a loved one pre-Christmas. The atmosphere’s electric with the anticipated festive season, the air’s filled with the aroma of mulled wine and ‘White Christmas’ is echoing through the cobbled paths.

Many of the UK’s Christmas markets come highly recommended and some even have something else a little different about them…

The Dickens Christmas Festival, Portsmouth - 30th November-2nd December 2018

Portsmouth Harbour

Set within the snow-covered Dickensian streets of Portsmouth, the Victorian Festival is one to explore. Known for being a historic dockyard, Portsmouth holds many iconic testaments to the area including the Mary Rose Museum and HMS Victory.

The popular market brings Christmas in the Dickensian era to life, with a wide range of stalls and an Old Curiosity Shop combined with Victorian characters and entertainment.

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre, Ludlow - 24th-25th November 2018

Welcome to the best medieval show in the land! Over the weekend of 25th-26th November, Ludlow presents a hoard of Christmas purchases within the confines of a medieval setting, Ludlow Castle.

Involving knights in combat, music, theatre and puppets, carolling, archery, sword-fighting and authentic historical goods, this market is a must see! Not only does it offer over 100 stalls of gifts but it boasts an array of fares, with exhibitors all dressed in historical finery. You don’t get much more medieval than that!

Living Crafts for Christmas at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire - 15th-18th November 2018

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Unlike the period-based fayres, Blenheim Palace introduces a crafty day out. Set within the imposing courtyard of Blenheim Palace, admission to the fayre gives access to the admired gardens and the 2000 acres of rolling parkland.

Experience a unique shopping day out, surrounded by over 150 designer-makers displaying the best of British crafts. Choose your Christmas gifts from a wide selection of high-quality crafts including jewellery, decorations, photography, toys and much more! At this time of year, Blenheim also hosts a Cinderella's Fairy Tale Palace and Illuminated Christmas Trail to explore.

Oxford Christmas Market, Oxford - 7th-22nd December 2018

Among the city of dreaming spires, Oxford's Christmas Market is world-renowned. Located right in the heart of the city, the decorations ignite the streets next to the Sheldonian Theatre and Oxford University.

Wander Broad Street to view the wooden shelters filled with festive embroideries, patisseries packed with delectable macaroons, unique geometric pendants and much more. Not only is this is a fantastic destination for pre-Christmas spending but come for the jovial atmosphere, carousel rides and carol singing. A charming market within a picturesque city makes this the perfect location to get excited about a magical Christmas.

Lincoln Christmas Market, Lincoln - 6th-9th December 2018

Not every Christmas market can claim a spectacular view whilst on a shopping spree. Within the confines of the Cathedral Quarter in the centre of Lincoln lies the Lincoln Christmas Market. Watch Lincoln Cathedral and the home to the 1215 Magna Carta, Lincoln Castle, come alive with the spirit of Christmas. The overpowering landscape of two of Britain’s most prestigious monuments really does present the perfect setting to pick up a festive bargain.

Mosey stalls lined with unusual gifts of food and drink from all parts of the world, and even lots of fairground rides to keep the children occupied whilst you shop-til-you-drop! Enjoy musical merriment, flavourful foods and the stunning sights of the dramatic city.

If you're looking at taking a holiday and enjoying a unique Christmas experience, get inspired by our beautiful Christmas cottages for a festive break!

Posted by Hannah on 11th October 2018