So Christmas is creeping up and if you are anything like me, you are still rushing around buying Christmas presents. This year I managed to find time to go to several Christmas markets, which definitely helped the gift buying. I love a good market!
The first one was at Hestercombe House. There were some great local food producers there. There were over 60 festive stalls spread between a marquee, the barn and the gardens. Everywhere you looked there were stalls full of beautiful gifts, delicious treats and unusual handcrafted items. Add a huge Christmas tree, choirs performing in the courtyard. children’s entertainers and festive food and drink in the Stables Café and Bampfylde Hall and you have the makings of a great day out! Entrance was £3.00.
The next one I went to was Glastonbury Frost Fair. I absolutely loved this one! Entrance is free. There are stalls the length of the High Street, which is closed to traffic for the day. There are three sound stages dotted about, entertainers up and down the street and markets in the church, the Assembly Rooms and the Town Hall. As well as stalls selling handcrafted items there are some fantastic street food stalls and plenty of places to buy mulled cider or wine. It is quirky in the way only Glastonbury can be. The one drawback is the difficulty of parking – you need to get there early in order to find a space.
This was the final event I went to. Another fantastic event. There are 50 odd stalls spread throughout the manor house and the yard outside. There were some beautiful stalls and I managed to persuade The Yorkshire Man (aka the husband) to buy me a lovely tweed bag for Christmas. There was also live music at different points in the day, The farm shop café was open and there were also stalls selling food and drink. There was a free park and ride service running and the entrance ticket (£3.50) entitled you to a mince pie and a festive drink.
So, if you are in Somerset next year, why don’t you check out one of these three events? I heartily recommend them!