Ready to Christmas shop? Hell Yeah! Why not escape the crowds of the high street and visit these best 2021 Christmas markets in the South West to get into the spirit of things this year?
You can even kick-start festive cheer by booking a stay at one of our nearby fabulous boltholes in the South West, all dressed for the festive season!
Best Christmas Markets in the Cotswolds
With its picture postcard towns and villages festooned with seasonal decorations, and welcoming inns complete with roaring log fires, there can be few places more enchanting at Christmas than the Cotswolds. Packed with festive cheer, these Christmas markets and late night shopping add an extra special layer of sparkle to any pre-Christmas break at our Cotswolds holiday cottages.
The Christmas Market at Blenheim Palace
When: Friday 19th November - Sunday 19th December 2021; 10am - 8pm
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire; www.blenheimpalace.com
Entry: Free with pre-booked ticket (see website)
Details: Whether you are coming along to The story of The Nutcracker inside the Palace or the Illuminated Trail in the great outdoors, your adventure begins at the Christmas Market in the Great Court. It’s free to enter with a pre-booked ticket - wander through over 70 boutique wooden chalets filled with an assortment of hand-picked, hand-made, irresistible gifts and tempting treats for foodies.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy this Christmas Market during a pre-Christmas stay at our Cotswolds holiday cottages.
Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market
When: Thursday 9th December; 11am - 8pm, Friday 10th & Saturday 11th December; 10am - 8pm, Sunday 12th December 2021; 10am-5pm
Where: Stratford-upon-Avon Town Centre; www.stratford.gov.uk
Details: This Victorian-themed market fills the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon with festive stalls including street food and drink-related produce. There is entertainment throughout the town, with a programme of performances and a traditional funfair.
Where to stay nearby: Why not book a stay for your tribe at Bruern holiday cottages?
Cirencester Christmas Market
When: Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th, Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th, Tuesday 14th - Thursday 16th December 2021; 9am - 4pm
Where: Cirencester Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2PP
Details: Cirencester is one of those towns that just does Christmas so well. With its festively decorated wooden chalets, the historic town will put on a series of arts & craft, gift and farmers' markets, set to the backdrop of the town's huge Christmas tree, festive lights live music and carols.
Where to stay nearby: The quaint town is 10 minutes drive from our Cotswolds Lake Lodges.
Crafty Boaters Christmas Market
When: Saturday 27th November; 10am – 6pm, Sunday 28th November 2021;10am - 4pm & Saturday 4th December - Sunday 5th December 2021; 10am – 4pm
Where: Park End Wharf, Lechlade on Thames, GL7 3AQ; www.facebook.com/craftyboatersmarkets
Details: This two day market runs on two magical weekends over two main sites in the town of Lechlade on the Thames. You can browse a wealth of wonderful festive stalls showcasing handmade crafts, gifts, artisan food and Christmas decorations.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a pre-Christmas break at one of our Cotswolds Lake Lodges 20 minutes away?.
Late Night Christmas Shopping in Broadway
When: Friday 26th November & Friday 3rd December 2021; 5:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Broadway High Street; www.visit-broadway.co.uk
Details: Late-night shopping in Broadway’s market will get you in the festive spirit as shops stay open especially late and there are Christmas stalls, crafts, live music and entertainment, food and tasty street eats, hot drinks such as mulled cider or mulled wine, and even pony sleigh rides for the little ones.
Where to stay nearby: Check out our gorgeous Cotswolds holiday cottages.
The Christmas Cotswold Fair
When: Monday 8th November; 6pm - 9.30pm, Tuesday 9th - Wednesday 10th November; 9am - 5pm, Thursday 11th November 9am - 4pm
Where: Daylesford Organic, Daylesford, Kingham
Entry: See website as there are various options
Details: Join the team at Daylesford for the annual Christmas Fair in support of WellChild. There will be 200 stalls in three magnificent marquees and a wonderful array of superb quality products.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a relaxing short break at Bruern holiday cottages, just 20 minutes away?
Cheltenham Christmas Market
When: Wednesday 20th November - Friday 19th December 2021
Where: The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1PJ; www.visitcheltenham.com
Details: Situated in the beautiful setting of The Promenade and adorned by spectacular Christmas lights, Cheltenham’s wooden market chalets sell a range of quality gifts, crafts, food, snacks and drink.
Where to stay nearby: Make this wonderful experience complete with a stay at one of our Cotswolds holiday cottages.
Chipping Campden Christmas Market
When: Saturday 4th December; 10am - 5pm
Where: Chipping Campden Market Square and Town Hall; www.campdenmarket.co.uk
Details: This quintessential English market town holds a special Christmas market at the beginning of December when Campden Market joins forces with the Chipping Campden Christmas celebrations. Expect charming and fabulous Christmassy stalls, carol singers, local entertainment and a big Christmas tree extravaganza.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy this Christmas Market during a pre-Christmas stay at one of our Cotswolds holiday cottages.
When: Friday 26th November 2021
Where: Dursley Town Centre
Details: The Christmas lights are switched-on with the accompaniment of festivities and children’s entertainment, stalls and late night shopping, amusements, live music, santa's grotto and more.
Where to stay nearby: Our beautiful Cotswolds Lake Lodges and Cotswold Manor House are a short drive away.
Moreton in Marsh Christmas Market and Lights
When: Saturday 27th November 2021; 9am
Where: Moreton-in-Marsh High Street GL56 0AX
Details: This excellent market is a great day out for all the family with more than 60 stalls selling a selection of handmade goodies, arts and crafts, gifts, candles, jewellery and more. There’ll be plenty of hot drinks such as mulled wine and snacks on sale. Stick around for the official lights switch-on at sundown and there will even be an appearance from Santa Claus to entertain the little ones.
Where to stay nearby: Cosy up in our luxury Bruern holiday cottages just 20 minutes’ drive away.
Best Christmas Markets in Devon
Devon is a delight in November and December as it swaps its beach towels and suncream for baubles and baklava! There are Christmas pantomimes, winter cruises and plenty of unique Santa experiences - but here are our favourite Devon Christmas Markets, bound to get you in the festive mood.
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
When: Thursday 18th November - Saturday 18th December 2021
Where: Exeter Cathedral, Exeter EX1 1HS
Details: Set against the backdrop of the majestic cathedral, a visit to Exeter’s Christmas Market is a must. Situated in the historic setting of Cathedral Green, there are 90 plus stalls serving up a variety of crafted gifts and sumptuous fare and a new layout improves the flow and spacing of pedestrians, with much wider paths between stalls, and table service at the popular Cathedral Tavern bar. The Market takes place entirely outside but visitors are welcome to explore the inside of the Cathedral (the admission fee has been waived for the duration of the Christmas Market) should they wish to do so.
Where to stay nearby: Make this wonderful experience complete with a stay at one of our East Devon holiday cottages, less than 30 minutes’ drive away.
Michaelmas Fair at Powderham Castle
When: Thursday 4th November 2021; 10am - 3pm
Where: Powderham Castle, Kenton, EX6 8JQ; www.powderham.co.uk
Entry: £3.50 in advance, £5 at the door
Details: Powderham Castle will form the fabulous backdrop to a unique shopping event with many things you won’t find on the High Street. The event is being run as a fundraiser for the Soldiers charity ABF (Army Benevolent Fund) so you can shop and be inspired all for a good cause. Guaranteed to get you in a Christmassy mood and tick those presents off your list for friends or family – or even yourself!
Where to stay nearby: Our gorgeous East Devon holiday cottages are all within 35 minutes’ drive.
Exmoor Christmas Fair
When: Saturday 27th November 2021; 12 - 6pm & Sunday 28th November 2021; 10 - 4pm
Where: Porlock Village Hall, TA24 8QD
Details: Porlock’s village hall will be transformed into a beautiful twinkling mass of gifts and treats from local craftspeople. With Exmoor’s best makers, bakers and creators selling and demonstrating.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a relaxing short break at one of our cosy holiday cottages in Exmoor, all within 35 minutes' drive.
Bideford Christmas Market
When: Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th November 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: Affinity Devon Outlet Shopping Centre, Bideford; affinityoutlets.com
Details: Jam-packed with festive treats, this two-day market features elves on stilts and a gnome trail, as well as more than 40 stalls. Musical accompaniment is provided by local group, Choir Hubba singing all your favourite Christmas Carols and 1940s singer Terrie McNulty (Sunday only).
Where to stay nearby: Beautiful Woodland Cottage near South Molton or West Hollowcombe holiday cottages near Dulverton.
RHS Rosemoor Christmas Celebration Craft Fair
When: Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th December 2021; 11am - 7pm; Sunday 5th December 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Rosemoor EX38 8PH; www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
Entry: Members free, normal garden admission applies to non-members
Details: The Christmas Celebration Craft Fair is new for 2021 at RHS Garden Rosemoor. It offers a wonderful opportunity to amble around and buy gorgeous unique gifts, whether it is a treat for yourself or someone special at Christmas, made by some of the best crafters in the West Country.
Where to stay nearby: Our beautiful cottages in South Molton and Exmoor.
South Molton Winter Wonderland
When: Sunday 5th December 2021; 10am - 3pm (TBC)
Where: South Molton, EX36 3AB; www.visitsouthmolton.co.uk/winter-wonderland
Details: The stalls in this well-established pannier market take on a festive theme and there will be a whole host of family activities to enjoy – it’s guaranteed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Details TBC.
Where to stay nearby: Our beautiful cottage near South Molton is 4 miles away.
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens Late Night Shopping & Craft Fair
When: Friday 10th December 2021; 5 - 8pm
Where: Bicton Park, East Budleigh, EX9 7BJ; www.bictongardens.co.uk
Entry: Free, donations welcome
Details: Bicton spans nearly 300 years of gardening history and is home to many rare and beautiful species, collected from around the world. Take advantage of the opportunity to take a trip to this ‘delight for gardeners’ and pick up some special gifts for your nearest and dearest at the festive craft fair.
Where to stay nearby: Our gorgeous East Devon holiday cottages are 10 - 25 minutes’ drive.
Topsham Festive Evening Market
When: Tuesday 30th November 2021; 5pm till late
Where: St Margaret’s Church, Topsham; lovetopsham.co.uk/topsham-christmas-2021
Details: The first of its kind in Topsham, this market will take place at St Margaret's Church. It will feature stalls from local producers not normally seen in the town, full of truly unique gifts, decorations, and festive treats for one evening only.
Where to stay nearby: Cosy up in our luxury East Devon holiday cottages, just 20 - 25 minutes’ drive away.
Best Christmas Markets in Cornwall
In the run up to Christmas, Cornwall really does know how to celebrate. Here are some of our favourite Christmas Markets in Cornwall near our holiday cottages where you can soak up the festive spirit whilst exploring the county’s wintry beauty.
Fowey Christmas Market
When: Friday 26th November 2021: 5:30 - 8:30pm, Saturday 27th November 2021; 10am - 5:30pm & Sunday 28th November 2021; 10am - 4:00pm
Where: Fowey River Academy, PL23 1HE and Fowey Town Centre; foweychristmasmarket.co.uk
Details: Fowey Christmas Market is one of Cornwall’s largest and most popular festive events, so come along to this stunning seaside location and soak up the atmosphere. There’s festive entertainment, Santa Claus, live music and plenty of yummy produce and unique Christmas gifts to boot – everything handmade and Cornish!
Where to stay nearby: Our South Cornwall holiday cottages 11 miles away are perfect for getting your family excited for Christmas.
Christmas Fayre at Mount Edgcumbe
When: Saturday 11th December 2021; 10am - 5pm & Sunday 12th December 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park, Torpoint PL10 1HZ
Entry: £3 adults, £1 children, all day parking £1 per car
Details: Add some extra Christmas sparkle with a visit to the stunning setting of Mount Edgcumbe House for their Christmas Fayre. With stalls selling the exciting, the gorgeous, the unusual and the absolutely scrumptious; leading West Country chefs demonstrating their culinary skills; plus a host of entertainment, there’s something for everyone. There’s even a visit from Santa who will be taking a break from his busy schedule between 11am - 3pm.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a relaxing short break at one of our cosy holiday cottages in south east Cornwall.
Cornwall Christmas Fair at the Eden Project
When: Wednesday 10th November 2021; 5 - 9pm, Thursday 11th November 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: Eden Project, St Austell, PL24 2SG; cornwallchristmasfair.com
Entry: Prices vary, tickets to be booked in advance
Details: The popular Cornwall Christmas Fair, hosted in the sparkling surroundings of the Eden Project, features an abundance of gifts and home accessories, clothing and jewellery, and an array of the finest produce in the Food Hall.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy this Christmas Market during a pre-Christmas stay at one of our Cornwall holiday cottages.
Truro Winter Gift Fayre
When: 2021 dates TBC. Times are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10am - 5:30pm; Wednesday 10 am - 9pm; Saturday 9am - 5:30pm; Sunday 10am - 4pm
Where: Lemon Quay, Truro, TR1 2LW; trurowintergiftfayre.co.uk
Details: The Winter Gift Fayre will be back at Truro Lemon Quay in December 2021, presenting a creatively curated Christmas shopping experience of over 80 exhibitors. Uncover the most extraordinary Cornish gifts and treats under one roof.
Where to stay nearby: Why not book a stay for the whole tribe at Rosevean House or our Bonython Estate holiday cottages, 25-35 minutes’ drive away?.
Falmouth’s Festive Weekend
When: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December 2021; 11am - 6pm
Where: Falmouth Town Centre; www.falmouth.co.uk
Details: Expect a festive land train, an artificial ice rink, snowy scenes through the main streets, live bands and choir performances, vintage food, drink and games stalls, fairground rides and much more!
Where to stay nearby: Our cottages at St Agnes and the Bonython Estate are perfect for getting your family excited for Christmas.
Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair
When: Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th December 2021
Where: Jubilee Wharf, Commercial Road, Penryn TR10 8FG; www.jubileewharf.co.uk/whatson/christmas-fair
Details: Jubilee Wharf's Christmas Fair is firmly established as a reliable, relaxed and fun way of grabbing unique goodies with over 25 stalls indoors and outside selling handmade & re-crafted gifts. Plus fun in the courtyard and food & drink all day at Muddy Beach Café.
Where to stay nearby: Why not book a stay for the whole tribe at Rosevean House or our Bonython Estate cottages, less than 30 minutes’ drive away?
Best Christmas Markets in Somerset
Check out these Christmas Markets in Somerset - and see if you can squeeze in one last short Staycation at our Somerset holiday cottages before Christmas!
Weston Festive Fayre
When: 27th November 2021 - 2nd January 2022
Where: High Street, Town Square and Italian Gardens, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1HU; www.facebook.com/westonsfestivefayre
Details: The Fayre opens on November 27th alongside the town switch on and promises a wonderful array of stalls, filled with festive ideas, with enough Christmas spirit for all the family.
Where to stay nearby: Our beautiful Walton Castle is less than 30 minutes’ drive away.
Bristol Christmas Market
When: Friday 5th November -Thursday 23rd December 2021
Where: Broadmead in Bristol Shopping Quarter BS1 1UX; www.bristolchristmasmarket.com
Details: Bristol Christmas Market is back for 2021 in the bustling city centre. Enjoy strolling around over 50 quaint market stalls with a hot chocolate in hand and make sure to try German barbecue while you’re there. This UK Christmas market also boasts live entertainment, a lively Jäger Barn Bar and magical snowy igloos.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a pre-Christmas break at Kingsley Lake View or Kingsley Paddocks, less than 30 minutes’ drive away?
Wells Christmas Market
When: Saturday 18th December 2021; 9am - 4pm
Where: Wells Market Place, Wells BA5 2RB; www.facebook.com/WellsChristmasMarket
Entry: Free, plus free parking
Details: Wells' Christmas Fayre is a delightful local market in the city's market place and onto Bishop's Palace Green. It is just the place to ease into Christmas week with over 100 stalls run by local traders offering a range of gifts and produce, plus a visit from Father Christmas. Sample mouth-watering Yuletide food and drink and grab your stocking fillers!
Where to stay nearby: Check out Kingsley Lake View or Kingsley Paddocks and The Bothy, all half an hour away by car.
Step Into Christmas Wells 2021
When: Saturday 6th November 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: Wells Town Hall, Market Place, Wells BA5 2RB; www.visitwellssomerset.co.uk/whats-on/step-christmas
Details: Step into Christmas with this early Christmas market, offering over 60 market stalls across two floors with both gifts and food to buy.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat yourselves to a relaxing short break at Kingsley Lake View, Kingsley Paddocks or The Bothy, all just 30 minutes' drive away.
Christmas Cracker Wells 2021
When: Wednesday 15th December 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: Wells Town Hall, Market Place, Wells BA5 2RB; www.visitwellssomerset.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-cracker
Details: The Christmas Cracker market has lots to offer, with over 60 market stalls across two floors offering both gifts and foodie treats from unique and talented stallholders.
Where to stay nearby: Our beautiful Kingsley Lake View, Kingsley Paddocks near Chew Stoke or The Bothy near Bath are 30 minutes’ drive away.
Christmas Artisan Market at The Bishop’s Palace
When: Saturday 6th November 2021 & Sunday 7th November 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: Bishop's Palace, Wells; bishopspalace.org.uk/event/christmas-artisan-market
Entry: £8 Adult, Child 5-17 £4, Under 5’s and Palace Members FREE), including entry to the whole site (normally £15)
Details: Do your Christmas shopping in a magical atmosphere at this medieval site and enjoy a festive bite to eat and live music performances along the way. There will be a plethora of unique, unusual and inspirational artisans from throughout the heart of the West Country offering all manner of festive goodies.
Where to stay nearby: Fabulous family friendly Kingsley Lake View and Kingsley Paddocks, and our cosy couple's cottage The Bothy are all within a 30 minute drive of Wells.
Christmas Extravaganza Market, Frome
When: Saturday 4th and Saturday 18th December 2021; 9am - 2pm
Where: Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Justice Lane, Frome BA11 1BE
Details: Held at the town's Cheese and Grain, the Christmas Extravaganza is sure to put a smile on your face with its variety of stalls giving you the changes to pick up some top-quality gifts, crafts and produce. The venue's bar area will also be hosting live entertainment as well as serving up some festive food and drink.
Where to stay nearby: Make this wonderful experience complete with a stay at The Bothy, less than half an hour away.
Hestercombe's Christmas Market
When: Friday 19th - Sunday 21st November 2021; 9am - 5pm
Where: Hestercombe House and Gardens, Hestercombe, Taunton TA2 8LG; www.hestercombe.com/whats-on
Entry: £5. Advance booking essential. Includes free admission to the gardens, house and contemporary art gallery
Details: Come and explore this bustling annual Christmas Market near Taunton in the heart of Somerset, featuring 60+ festive stalls bursting with beautiful locally-sourced gifts, delicious treats and unique hand-crafted items. Sample seasonal treats at the Stables Restaurant and Bampfylde Hall.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy this market during a pre-Christmas stay at one of our Ilminster Cottages or The Bothy near Bath.
Glastonbury Frost Fayre
When: Saturday 27th November 2021; 12 - 6pm
Where: Glastonbury Town Centre; glastonbury.uk
Details: Glastonbury’s annual Frost Fayre presents an ideal opportunity to pick up some present ideas for Christmas or just get yourself in the festive spirit. Dozens of stalls surround the town's magnificent Christmas tree, with other attractions including Santa's grotto, found in the grounds of the abbey, live street entertainment and music performances.
Where to stay nearby: Check out our Ilminster Cottages, The Bothy near Bath, and Kingsley Lake View, Kingsley Paddocks near Chew Stoke.
Best Christmas Markets in Dorset
Top & bottom: Goose Run Cottage, Corscombe
Explore the joys Dorset has to offer at Christmas with a festive break at one of our fabulous Dorset or Dillington Estate cottages. Read our '10 reasons to book a Dorset holiday' for ideas on what else to do during your trip.
Dorchester Christmas Cracker
When: Sunday 12th December 2021; 11am - 4pm
Where: High Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UJ; facebook.com/dorchesterchristmascracker
Details: A wonderful all day event with lots of different festive stalls in High West Street and two Craft Fairs, one in Shire Hall and the second in the Corn Exchange.
Where to stay nearby: Cosy up in our luxury holiday cottage in Corscombe, less than half an hour's drive.
Inaugural Christmas Market
When: Sunday 28th November 2021; 10am- 4pm
Where: The Coach House, Mapperton Estate, Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR; mapperton.com/events-at-mapperton/christmas-market
Entry: £5 per person including free garden entry
Details: Enjoy the magic of Mapperton Estate at Christmas with lots of fantastic stalls, focusing on local products as well as delicious food and drink to warm you in the cooler weather. You can also explore the beautiful Mapperton Gardens in winter.
Where to stay nearby: Beautiful Goose Run Cottage in Corscombe and our Dillington Estate Cottages near Ilminster are 10 - 35 minutes’ drive away.
Step into Christmas Sherborne
When: Sunday 27th December 2021; 11am - 4pm
Where: Digby Hall, Hound Street DT9 3AA
Details: More than 50 different stalls offer up all manner of gifts and treats. Say hi to Santa and grab a hot drink and light bite at the seasonal café.
Where to stay nearby: Our beautiful cottages near Ilminster and Goose Run Cottage in Corscombe are 20-25 minutes’ drive away.
Symondsbury Estate Christmas Market
When: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December 2021
Where: Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG; symondsburyestate.co.uk/events/christmas-market
Details: This event promises to be bigger than ever. So much so that they are making it a two-day event. This is always a real Christmas treat in a beautiful part of the county.
Where to stay nearby: Cosy up in our luxury Dillington Estate holiday cottages near Ilminster and Corscombe.
Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair
When: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: Athelhampton House & Gardens, Puddletown DT2 7LG; www.athelhampton.com/events
Entry: Adults £5, Children under 12 free
Details: With 40 plus stalls around the gardens selling locally made products, delicious food and drink, crafts, and hot food, there’s something for everyone. Stalls include English wines, cheese, spirits, homeware, honey, bakery, beer, cider, confectionary, artisan crafts, hampers, preserves, chutney, traditional toys, olives, fresh meat, and coffee.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy this Christmas Market during a pre-Christmas stay at Goose Run Cottage.
Best Christmas Markets in Wiltshire
Top & bottom: Stable Cottage, Milton Lilbourne
For a magical Christmas experience in Wiltshire that the whole family will enjoy, there are lots of festive fairs and markets to choose from.
Christmas at Lacock Abbey
When: Saturday 26th November - Sunday 19th December 2021; 10.30am - 4pm
Where: Lacock, near Chippenham, SN15 2LG; www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock-abbey-fox-talbot-museum-and-village
Entry: Prices vary
Details: There'll be a fabulously festive pop-up Christmas shop in the Manger Barn every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 26 November to 19 December. The shop is filled with artisan gifts, enchanting decorations, locally sourced food and drink and much, much more. Don’t forget to sample some seasonal treats at the Stables café.
Where to stay nearby: Our fabulous family friendly Cotswolds Lake Lodges, Cotswold Manor House or Stable Cottage.
Salisbury Craft and Gift Market
When: 28th November 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: The Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury SP1 1JH; christmasinsalisbury.co.uk
Details: Come to Salisbury's festive market hosting a variety of stalls including crafts, clothing, jewellery, homemade products, art work, Christmas gift items and (of course) food and drink!
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat your loved ones to a pre-Christmas break at Stable Cottage.
Hawk Conservancy Trust Christmas Market
When: Thursday 25th - Friday 26th November 2021; 4:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY; www.hawk-conservancy.org
Entry: £2 (includes a small mulled wine or hot apple juice)
Details: A delightful, festive shopping experience featuring 20+ local craftspeople, plus 20% off in the Trust shop, tempting treats, barbecue, festive hot drinks and Feathers Restaurant.
Where to stay nearby: Cosy up in this luxury Wiltshire cottage, just 30 minutes’ drive away.
Courtyard Christmas Makers Market
When: Saturday 13th, 20th & 27th November - Saturday 4th & 11th December 2021; 10am - 3pm
Where: Fisherton Mill, Salisbury SP2 7QY; fishertonmill.co.uk
Details: Local artists and makers will gather in the courtyard at Fisherton Mill for their annual Christmas Makers Markets being held under cover of a pergola for six Saturdays during November and December. Each market day features six individual stalls offering original handcrafted fare and a range of quirky gifts.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy this Christmas Market during a pre-Christmas stay at Stable Cottage.
DOCA Winter Makery Market
When: Friday 26th - Saturday 27th November 2021; 12 - 8pm
Where: Market Square & Corn Exchange, Devizes SN10 1HT
Details: A beautiful range of handcrafted contemporary goods from talented local designers and craftspeople, plus delicious food stalls, hot mulled drinks and live music. At twilight, experience the biggest most wonderful Lantern Parade in the county.
Where to stay nearby: Our beautiful cottages near Pewsey, near Bath, the Cotswold Lakes and Petty France are 25 - 45 minutes’ drive away,
Christmas at STEAM
When: 4th & 5th December 2021; 10am - 5pm
Where: STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Ave, Swindon SN2 2TA; www.steam-museum.org.uk
Entry: £3.50 for adults, £2.25 for seniors/students, £1 for 3-15yrs
Details: Discover unique gift ideas as you browse over 50 artisan market stalls, displayed amongst the award-winning displays and iconic GWR locomotives. To complete the Christmas magic, Santa will be here on both days with his Storytime sessions (extra charge).
Where to stay nearby: Our fabulous family friendly Cotswold Water Park holiday lodges are within a 20 minute drive of STEAM and Cotswold Manor House and Stable Cottage are within 40 minutes' drive,