CELEBRATING its 15th anniversary this year, the Manchester Christmas Market will once again see the streets and squares of the city adorned with beautifully festooned wooden chalets, creating a magical festive scene.
The main site will be in front of the town hall, in Albert Square, with the market then weaving across the city via St Ann’s Square at the heart of Manchester’s shopping district, where groups will find the original German market from Frankfurt that started it all back in 1998.
The market concludes in Exchange Square, near Manchester Cathedral. With over 200 stalls stocked with all manner of unique gift ideas, the market will provide a one-stop-shop for all festive needs.
Fabulous food and drink is also on offer, from traditional European Christmas market flavours of Glühwein and bratwurst to top quality cuisine from Italy, France, Hungary and Spain.
The Manchester Christmas Market will take place from 15th November to 22nd December 2013 at various locations throughout the city centre.
Visit Manchester can provide help to GTOs organising a visit.
For further information telephone 0871 222 8223
BATH Tourism Plus has announced that this year’s Christmas Market will take place from 28th November to 15th December.
Set in the picturesque streets and squares surrounding Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths, the market will include over 150 beautifully decorated stalls selling high quality festive wares, as well as seasonal food and gentle entertainment.
GTOs who plan to take their group to the market by coach are required to register with Bath & North East Somerset Council.
For further information telephone 01225 322431
Gloucester’s impressive, historic docks and Gloucester Quays Outlet will act as the magnificent backdrop for a very Victorian Christmas experience from 21st to 24th November.
Visitors will be able to browse more than 130 decorated stalls selling artisan crafts, fine food and drink and unique Christmas gifts, while a huge cast of larger than life Victorian characters, including street urchins, flower sellers, a little match girl and Fagin-style gang masters wander among the crowds.
Other entertainments will include brass bands, choirs, street entertainers and a beautiful traditional carousel.
A range of benefits are available to groups who book in advance, including a meet and greet service and Gloucester Quays ‘Book of Treats’, which has discounts for various stores and attractions around the docks.
For further information telephone 01452 338933
PROMISING a strong continental flavour, Carlisle Christmas Market in Cumbria will be set in pedestrianised area in the heart of the the city centre, around the sparkling 10-metre Christmas tree and near a traditional nativity scene.
The event will include around 50 stalls and visitors will be able to sample culinary delights including traditional food from as far away as the Seychelles alongside local produce and a large range of hand crafted goods and gifts.
The market will run over five days between 4th and 8th December, and during the weekend it will include stalls from Made in Cumbria traders, showcasing goods epitomising the region’s traditional quality crafts. Each day will see different Made in Cumbria traders.
For further information telephone 01228 625600
Founded in 2006, the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere.
Inspired by traditional German Christmas markets, it showcases Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods in pretty wooden chalets situated in the cathedral’s historic Inner Close, surrounding a large open-air ice rink.
The exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street.
GTOs visiting the Christmas Market are asked to contact the Cathedral’s Group Visits Coordinator on 01962 857 225.
Those who wish to organise a tour of the cathedral itself, to coincide with their visit to the market, can make use of the attraction’s ‘meet and greet’ service, and refreshments for groups can also be organised in advance.
The 2013 Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market will be open From 21st November to 22nd December 2013.
For further information telephone 01962 848 556
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Bury St Edmunds
Between 29th November and 1st December, the Angel Hill area of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, will host over 300 stalls from all over the world, alongside two stages of entertainment, a traditional funfair and many free activities. Groups visiting on Friday and Saturday will also be able to sample Bury St Edmunds provisions market on the Buttermarket and Cornhill while, this year, the date also coincides with the Cathedral’s Christmas Fair and the Medieval Fayre in Moyse’s Hall Museum. Free coach drop off points will be available for groups on all three days.
For further information telephone 01284 764 667
Set in quaint, narrow streets, Durham City’s Traditional Christmas Festival will offer traditional entertainment throughout the city centre from 6th to 8th December. On all three days, the Craft and Gift Marquee on Durham University’s Palace Green will house 190 stalls selling a wide range of Christmas gifts by local independent retailers, and the Regional Food Producers Market including 30 further stalls, will also run in Durham Cathedral Cloisters on the Friday and Saturday. Free coach parking and a free meet and greet service is available for all pre-booked coach groups.
For further information telephone 0191 301 8531
Following last year’s successful event, Brixham’s 2013 Christmas Market will once again be held in the Scala Hall of Brixham Town Hall, South Devon, on 23rd and 24th November. There will be stalls filled with children’s books, handmade wooden artefacts, jewellery, beauty products, handmade bags and gifts as well as homemade cakes and preserves. On the second day the market will expand into Fore Street. The market is conveniently situated for groups, with nearby coach drop off points.
For further information telephone 01803 296296