What are the first things that come into your mind when you think about Britain? Big Ban, Buckingham Palace, red buses, rain, British accents, royals, and cute telephone cabins I would guess. Add Christmas markets on the list too, as Britain will surprise you with markets which are held in the most historic and iconic places.
170 stalls are lining around the famous Roman Baths and the Bath Abbey. Jane Austin fans can squeeze a visit to the Jane Austen memorial house between all that sticky toffee pudding and the mulled wine, while everyone should pay a visit to the Roman Baths and The Royal Crescent. What is great about the Bath Christmas Market is that most of the products are made by local producers. You can visit the Christmas market between 24 November and 11 December.
Brighton is my second favourite British city because it never let’s you run out of things to do. It is suited for all ages and all tastes. When it comes to Christmas markets Brighton stands out. Artists and craftsment open the studios and homes and will sell their products to the curious shopper or even invite them to workshops to teach them how to do the products themselves. The activities will take place every weekend from 26 November to 11 December.
My favourite place in the whole kingdom. It is easy to fall in love with Canterbury. Beyond the Roman Wall, stalls filled with treats and merchandised products will be waiting for you. When you walk around the old streets of Canterbury, buy roasted peanuts, admire the Christmas lights and make sure you reserve time to visit Canterbury Cathedral or even better – get into the festive atmosphere by attending a carols concert. You can visit the market between 26 November and 24 December.
Birmingham’s Christmas market is the biggest one outside Germany or Austria and it was declared one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Indulge in mulled wine, beer, pastries, meats and other German treats and ride the big wheel they are bringing this year. The market is open between 17 November and 29 December.
5. Leeds Castle
Christmas at the castle anyone? The 11th century masterpiece, Leeds Castle, hosts an annual Christmas market which is suited for a royalty. Meet Santa’s reindeer, eat as many sweets as you want because we all know calories don’t count on weekends and holidays and enjoy the fairground rides. The market at the castle is open in December every weekend until Christmas.
6. London – Winter Wonderland
Keeping the best for last. Information about the world’s most beloved Christmas market is available only in The Ultimate 2016 Christmas Market Guide – get it here while it is free, along with other useful tips on how to make the most out of your visits at Christmas markets, how to get the best deals and what are the most popular Christmas destinations.