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:
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Preferred Partners with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
- Behind-the-scenes Walking Tour
- Return transportation from Central London
- Step inside and discover the actual Great Hall and Diagon Alley
- See the actual props, costumes and effects from the Harry Potter film series
- Buy a cup of frothy Butterbeer™ now
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor with over 10,000 ‘Excellent’ reviews! Winner of Certificate of Excellence 2014
The Harry Potter Studio Tour provides incredible opportunity to see behind the scenes the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most popular film series of all time. This tour showcases a huge array of amazing sets, costumes and props. It also reveals closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects that made these films so successful all over the world.
Platform 9 ¾ and Hogwarts Express
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has expanded with a new section featuring a recreation of Platform 9 ¾ and the original Hogwarts Express steam engine! This permanent exhibit will open on 19th March and gives visitors the chance to climb aboard the train’s carriage and pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall. Scenes featuring the working train were shot at the Studios, including the iconic last scene in which a grown up Harry, Ron and Hermione wave their own children off to Hogwarts as they leave for school.
Magical Sweets and Treats
From 20th July – 6th September 2015, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London are serving up something extra special for visitors to The Making of Harry Potter – the first ever Sweets and Treats feature. Based on the films’ Ministry Munchies kiosk, learn from expert props and cake makers how both real and replica foods were made for the films, including the floating pudding and edible Gillyweed.
Here are just some of the things you can expect to see and do:
- Step inside and discover the actual Great Hall.
- Explore Dumbledore’s office and discover never-before-seen treasures.
- Step onto the famous cobbles of Diagon Alley, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.
- See iconic props from the films, including Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid’s motorcycle.
- Learn how creatures were brought to life with green screen effects, animatronics and life-sized models.
- Rediscover other memorable sets from the film series, including the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, Potion’s classroom and Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic.
- Delve into the Dark Arts: see the Malfoy Manor fireplace and table around which Bellatrix Lestrange, the Malfoy family, the Death Eaters and Voldemort sat plus a 20-foot model of Voldemort’s snake Nagini!
- Return transportation to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London on a double decker branded bus
- Entrance ticket to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Step inside and discover the actual Great Hall.
Explore Dumbledore’s office and discover never-before-seen treasures.
Step onto the famous cobbles of Diagon Alley, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.
See iconic props from the films, including Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid’s motorcycle.
Learn how creatures were brought to life with green screen effects, animatronics and life-sized models.
Rediscover other memorable sets from the film series, including the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, Potion’s classroom and Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic.
Preferred Partners with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Behind-the-scenes Walking Tour
Return transportation from Central London
Step inside and discover the actual Great Hall and Diagon Alley
See the actual props, costumes and effects from the Harry Potter film series
Buy a cup of frothy Butterbeer™ now
Family Saver Package – Save up to a massive £23 if you are travelling as a family.
Christ Church College
Many of the scenes in the Harry Potter feature films were shot in various locations of the college and the Great Hall was replicated in the film studios to create Hogwarts Hall.
Christ Church is a unique institution, one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford and, at the same time, the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. See where some of the scenes in the Harry Potter feature films were shot in various locations of the college!
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