Monday, 28 November 2016

The Bath Christmas Market

Bath Abbey at Christmastime

The tantalising smell of roasting pecans, a festive fragrance that welcomes you into the much loved Bath Christmas Market year after year. Visit Bath invited me to explore some of the 170 chalets that return to the historic city streets from the the end of November to mid-December, and here's my highlights...

Roasted nuts Bath Christmas Market
Bath Abbey Square with Christmas Market stalls

The Bath Christmas Market surrounds the beautiful Abbey and Roman Baths Museum full of tempting food and drink stalls like Friary Liqueur's festive flavours, Chatley Chocolate Brownies and scrumptious Supreme sausages

The Victorian Kitchen Chutneys and Godminster Cheese
Fudge Factory Bath Drinking Fudge

Besides the vast range of locally sourced produce, including Bath Gin and The Fudge Kitchen, there's also a good quantity of quirky craft stalls selling unique, personalised gifts for the whole family. Across the road is also an indoor Craft Fair selling more goodies and homeware. 

Bath Christmas Market at night besides Bath Abbey
Old style photo of Bath Street with Horse Drawn Carriage

I think this is what gives Bath Christmas Market the edge over others as there's so many independent businesses already residing in the city centre. Bertie and Jack boast fabulously quirky wall art (below right), and Keylime Design creates cute animal-inspired cushions, cards and bags. 

Chatley chocolate brownies, Bertie and Jack design
Some of Bath Christmas Markets 170 stalls

The Christmas Market is also a delight for the senses with businesses like Kat Aromatherapy, Heaven Scent and Bath Spa skincare also taking up residence.

Bath Ales Hot Chocolate

After all the Christmas Market wanderings, The Lodge (a large ski shack adorned with lights and snow) lies in the centre of Stall Street, perfectly positioned to warm up over a toasted sandwich and hot drink.
Another favourite of mine is Sally Lunn's, the oldest house in Bath that offers the best cream tea.

Bath Spa Side Streets
Long exposure of Bath Abbey and Christmas Market at night

It's also wise to rest your feet here should you decide to explore The Roman Baths or Bath Abbey Tower during your visit. I decide to take the final tower tour of the day at 4:30pm to enjoy the sunset and best view of Bath Christmas Market - totally worth the 212 steps!

Birds eye view of Bath at Sunset
Bath Christmas Market from above on a busy Saturday evening

I was invited by Visit Bath and some of the featured goodies were gifted to me. All opinions are my own.
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