Feature sponsored by Visit Bath
Bath Christmas Market takes place from 28 November to 15 December with a whopping 150 chalets spread across the city offering, amongst other things, plenty of artisanal food and drink. With 90 percent of the market made up of independent traders, it’s a unique opportunity to stock up on top gifts and enjoy tasty treats from some of the best producers about.
Pro tip: With the market open from 10am, we’d recommend visiting on a weekday morning to avoid the crowds.
Hunting for prezzies? You can’t go wrong with chocolate-based gifts from The Bath Chocolate Company, small-batch gin from Scout and Sage Micro Distillery and jars of (award-winning) meaty goodness from The Potted Game Company. We’d be chuffed with some potted wild boar with smoked ham hock and sherry. Don’t forget to pick up your bottle of Jubilante from Aldwick Estate for the big day.
Take a break, honey
If you’ve worked up a thirst from all those glad tidings and goodwill, we’d recommend making a beeline for Honey’s Midford Cider. Made just three miles from the market on a family farm, this sparkling medium-dry local drop will get you in the festive mood. Honey’s will also be serving up a pretty spesh hot chocolate, festooned with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate spoons (impractical, but delicious).
Food, glorious food
There’s plenty to munch on too, of course. Get your sugar fix with The Bath Waffle Company on Abbeygate Street, or for those with a serious appetite The Great Yorkshire Pudding Company will be serving up British pork roast dinners with all the trimmings inside giant crispy puds. New to the market this year, a vegan chalet will be serving up hot katsu curry, too.
Pro tip: That’s a wrap! Head to Bath Business Improvement District’s Luxury Gift Wrapping Station on Union Street to have all those prezzies gift wrapped. Open from 2pm until 5pm every day from 28 November right up until 24 December, the service is free, with a suggested donation to local homeless charity Julian House.
As well as the market stalls there are, of course, plenty of local businesses to explore and visit. We’d recommend making a day of it by booking into a local restaurant like Beckford Bottle Shop, Corkage, The Scallop Shell, Eight, or checking out the Kingsmead Square food market who have a roster of 30 street food vendors on rotation throughout the Christmas Market period.
Find out more at bathchristmasmarket.co.uk
Images by Visit Bath.