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England, Scotland and Wales – Christmas Fairs and Markets

England, Scotland and Wales – Christmas Fairs and Markets

With Autumn upon us and thoughts turning to the Winter and the Christmas period and festivities. Amongst those thoughts will be Christmas shopping and a popular part of that are the wide array of enchanting Christmas Fairs and Markets, that are a wonderful opportunity to sample and buy local produce, craft work, Christmas Gifts and to take lunch.
The best way to source these are by official tourists links and here are some suggestions:

Visit England Christmas Markets

Visit London Christmas Markets

Visit Scotland Christmas Markets

Visit Wales Christmas Markets

We are also offend asked if there are tours that include a visit to Christmas Markets and local attractions and indeed there are some excellent options and this is a great way to combine a sightseeing day out with a Christmas Market.

Here is a great suggestion and more details:

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Christ Church's great hall

Highlights
Expert Blue Badge Guide

Luxury Air Conditioned Coach

Panoramic Tour of Cambridge

Walking Tour of Cambridge

Panoramic Tour of Oxford

Walking Tour of Oxford

Optional visit to Christchurch

Oxford Christmas Market Time for Lunch

Cambridge
First we visit Cambridge, for a panoramic coach and walking tour. Cambridge is the iconic, world-renowned University City and the celebrated Cavendish Laboratory, you’ll be taken on a walking tour through the streets of the city to see the university’s oldest college, Peterhouse, which dates back to 1284! See King’s College Chapel and its gorgeous Gothic architecture, built by a succession of English kings from 1446 to 1515. This unique building features huge stained glass windows and amazing acoustics – the chapel is the home of the talented King’s College Choir. You’ll also see the Cambridge University Library during your visit

Oxford Christmas Market
The city of dreaming spires will again be filled with festive joy as the Oxford Christmas Market returns to the heart of the city on beautiful and historic Broad Street. With over 50 exhibitors with a wide range of local produce, crafts and Christmas Gifts

Lunch
There will be time in Oxford for lunch at one of many great restaurants, historic pubs, sample the food delights from the Christmas market or you may choose to bring food with you

Oxford
First it is a panoramic coach and walking tour of Oxford, famous for being home to the oldest university in the English speaking world – countless bright young things have wandered the town’s cobbled streets over the years! During this guided walking tour you will see the stunning Bodleian Library and furtively discover unspoilt narrow alleyways, ancient squares and towering spires

Christ Church
Depending on how you want to use your time and maybe spend less time at the market, there is an optional fully guided visit to the renowned Christ Church College, where you can stroll through the quaint courtyards and mingle with students. Fans of the Harry Potter film series will be able to pick out key Christ Church filming locations – the college was used for a number of well-known scenes! The college’s Great Hall appeared as the setting for Hogwarts

Guide
During the whole day you will be accompanied by a fully qualified expert Blue Badge Guide, who will give you commentary en-route to Oxford and Cambridge and if you choose the optional visit to Christchurch this will be fully guided

Other London Christmas Tours

Other Christmas Tours

Regular London Tours

Other Regular Tours

2015 UK Christmas Fairs and Markets

2015 UK Christmas Fairs and Markets

The end of November into the beginning of December brings the start of a wide array of enchanting Christmas Fairs and Markets, that are a wonderful opportunity to sample and buy local produce, craft work, Christmas Gifts and to take lunch.

The best way to source these are by official tourists links and here are some suggestions:

Visit England Christmas Markets

Visit London Christmas Markets

Visit Scotland Christmas Markets

Visit Wales Christmas Markets

We are also offend asked if there are tours that include a visit to Christmas Markets and local attractions and indeed there are some excellent options and this is a great way to combine a sightseeing day out with a Christmas Market.

Here is a great suggestion and more details:

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Children's store with antique toys, Santa Claus and snowman

Highlights
Luxury Air-conditioned mini-coach
Expert Blue Badge Guide
Stonehenge
Panoramic tour of Salisbury
Lunch stop at Newbury
Highclere Castle (fictional Downton Abbey)
Highclere Christmas Fair

Stonehenge
You’ll never forget your first glimpse of spectacular Stonehenge, its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Plain. Theories abound about the mysterious rock formation. Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Make up your own mind as you explore the unique landmark that has had the world stumped for 5,000 years
Panoramic Tour of Salisbury
Soaring into the skyline, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral stands at a whopping 123m (404ft)! Erected 800 years ago, the revolutionary spire is considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. Ancient meets modern at the cathedral’s newest addition: a beautifully sculpted font designed by William Pye

Lunch stop at Newbury
This wonderful 11th century town of Newbury is our lunch stop, where there are a variety of pubs, restaurants and take away’s to choose from or you can bring a packed lunch
Highclere Castle (fictional Downton Abbey)
Highclere Castle is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland
The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years

Highclere Christmas Fair
The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will transform the State Rooms of Highclere Castle to provide a unique shopping experience in aid of Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance and St Michaels & All Angels Church. This will be a festive occasion with our spectacular Christmas tree, carol singers, Christmas decorations and a variety of exciting stalls at which you can complete your Christmas shopping
For those who wish to see a little more of the Castle, there is the option to upgrade your tickets on the day. A suggested donation of £3 to the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance will allow you to view the magnificent Galleried Bedrooms. You may also upgrade your ticket for an additional £5 to explore the ‘Wonderful Things’ Egyptian Exhibition housed in the cellars of the Castle

Private Tours
This tour is also available (subject to availability) as a private tour

Other London Christmas Tours

Other Christmas Tours

Regular London Tours

Other Regular Tours

Leeds Castle and Canterbury Christmas Markets

The festive build up to Christmas brings great opportunity to combine sightseeing tours that also include visits to Christmas Markets and we are often asked to recommend these.

Two great locations that also have Christmas Markets are Leeds Castle and Canterbury both the ‘The Garden of England’ that is Kent.

This year, we have found a new tour that we recommend that combines both Leeds Castle and Canterbury Christmas Markets, entrance at Leeds Castle plus an optional opportunity to visit Canterbury Cathedral and time for lunch in Canterbury.

Here are more details:

  • Expert Blue Badge Guide
  • Luxury Air Conditioned Coach
  • Leeds Castle Christmas Market
  • Entrance at Leeds Castle
  • Arrive in Canterbury in time for lunch (optional)
  • Canterbury Christmas Market
  • Optional Canterbury Cathedral

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Castle from the air

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle was described by Lord Conway as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ and is set in the middle of a natural lake, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens. Experience its magic in an atmosphere of still tranquillity. There will also be time to explore the castle grounds where you will find the ‘ Lady Baillie Garden’ with views over the lake, an aviary and maze.

Leeds Castle Christmas Market

Leeds Castle hosts the annual Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the Castle. Discover an array of seasonal gift ideas, toys, decorations, food and drink. Visit the Leeds Castle reindeer and birds of prey in the animal area.
Enjoy our nostalgic fairground attractions, children’s rides and a daily programme of live musical entertainment at the band stand

Whitefriars Canterbury Christmas Market

This year this fabulous market is bigger and better than ever. You will be sure to find perfect unique gifts here with over 40 traditional British-made wooden sheds showcasing the best products that local, national and international traders have to offer. The market has it all with shopping and bespoke gifts, amazing gourmet foods, events the whole way through and a sparkly new Father Christmas’s Grotto. A magical new festive family event, come along and join us!
To avoid disappointment, book your Grotto Tickets now! The Grotto is incredibly popular and we would advise you to book online in advance as there are no opportunities to book on the day

Canterbury Cathedral
If you choose to spend less time exploring the market and shops, the will be a fully guided visit to the breath-taking cathedral – it’s the oldest in England and considered to be the centre of English Christianity. You’ll visit the towering cathedral and be able to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims that flocked to the church following Thomas Becket’s gruesome murder in 1170. The gothic building hides many visual treasures, from the colourful stained glass windows to the creepy crypt

Guide

During the whole day you will be accompanied by a fully qualified expert Blue Badge Guide, who will give you commentary en-route to Leeds Castle and Canterbury, plus if you choose the optional visit to Canterbury Cathedral and the included entrance at Leeds Castle these will be fully guided

Additional Information

Canterbury Cathedral is optional and not included in price

Dates

Sunday 6th December
Sunday 13th December
Sunday 20th December
Tuesday 22nd December

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Other Leeds Castle and Canterbury Tours

Christmas Tours

Christmas Markets

With the summer coming to an end, thoughts are turning to Christmas and we are often asked how far in advance you should book Christmas tours and the answer is definitely now as all the popular tours sell out well in advance.

Particularly popular are the Christmas Market Tours that run pre-Christmas and are an excellent way to buy Christmas gifts and provisions.

This year,  we have found a new tour that we recommend that combines both Salisbury and Bath Christmas Markets, plus an optional opportunity to visit Salisbury Cathedral, The Roman Baths and time for lunch in Bath.

Here are some more details:

  • Expert Blue Badge Guide
  • Luxury Air Conditioned Coach
  • Salisbury Christmas Market
  • Optional Salisbury Cathedral
  • Arrive in Bath in time for lunch (optional)
  • Bath Christmas Market
  • Optional Roman Baths

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Weihnachtsmarkt in Deutschland

An exceptional festive day out including both the famous Salisbury Christmas Market and the world renowned Christmas Market in Bath. You also have the option of choosing to spend less time at the markets and visit Salisbury Cathedral and the Roman Baths. It is an extended afternoon in Bath and you will arrive in time for lunch, with a choice of pubs and restaurants, or sample the food delights of the market

Salisbury Market

Now in its fourth year the Salisbury Christmas Market will be returning to the Guildhall Square. The 2015 Market will be bigger and better than ever with 76 chalets and a full programme of events and entertainment. Further information will appear here in the coming weeks

Surrounding the historic Market Square of this ancient 1000 year old wall City, with its iconic Cathedral are buzzing ancient streets and buildings where you will find a wide variety of well-known shops, plus local traditional shops, that are all well worth seeking out

Salisbury Cathedral

If you choose to spend less time exploring the market and shops, the will be a fully guided visit to the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral crowned with the tallest spire in Britain and built by medieval craftsmen back in the 13th Century. Salisbury probably has the finest medieval cathedral in Britain

See one of the only four surviving original texts of the Magna Carta in the Chapter House. The Magna Carta is one of the greatest constitutional documents of all times, showing the agreement reach between King John and his barons in 1215AD

Bath Christmas Market

Set in the picturesque streets surrounding Bath Abbey there couldn’t be a more perfect and magical setting for a Bath Christmas Market
Each year months are spent carefully hand picking this year’s selection of stallholders, so you can look forward to finding a wonderful variety of handmade and locally sourced gifts. This year there will be over 170 chalets and to keep stallholder offer fresh and exciting, 25% will be new to the market this year. 82% of our stallholders will be from Bath or the surrounding region and 76% of these stallholder’s products will be handmade

Bath

The first city in England to be designed an UNESCO World Heritage site; Bath earned the accolade for a reason! The city boasts the famous Roman Baths that inspired its name and beautiful Georgian architecture, from the 15th century Bath Abbey to the romantic Pulteney Bridge. Sitting on the slopes of the River Avon, it’s easy to see why Bath draws so many visitors each year

Roman Baths

If you choose to spend less time exploring the market and shops, the will be a fully guided visit to the famous Roman Bath. The grand entrance to the Roman Baths is jaw-dropping, and you’ll pass through this amazing doorway to begin your visit. The Baths date back to 40AD and still flow with water from Britain’s only natural hot spring

Guide

During the whole day you will be accompanied by a fully qualified expert Blue Badge Guide, who will give you commentary en-route to Salisbury and Bath and if you choose optional visits to Salisbury Cathedral or the Roman Baths these will be fully guided

Dates

Saturday 28th November

Wednesday 2nd December

Saturday 5th December

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Other Christmas Tour