Christmas markets


Nunney is the ideal base for exploring 2016 Christmas markets. Here is our roundup of the best Christmas events.

Christmas Markets 2015

the-george-at-nunneyWith Bath, Bristol, Frome, Wells, Exeter and Salisbury within easy driving range, Nunney’s central location makes it the perfect place to stay to do your Christmas shopping this year.

Add to that shopping malls at Cabot Circus and Cribbs Causeway in Bristol and Clarks Village Outlet Shopping in Street, and you couldn’t find a better place for a shopping break this Christmas.

The George at Nunney, located opposite the moated 14th century Nunney Castle, has roaring log fires, a cosy atmosphere and a delicious menu to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

The historic inn has comfortable rooms, including four-poster suites, while luxury B&B Stay at Penny’s Mill and the Market Place B&B offer alternatives to suit every budget.

The Festival of Light at Longleat House and Safari Park (12 minutes from Nunney by car) is unmissable and runs from 11 November until 2 January 2016.

Here is our round-up of Christmas Markets in the area this festive season:

Nunney Makes Christmas

Nunney Makes ChristmasSaturday 26 November 11am to 5pm
Nunney Village HallOff Berry Hill
Nunney Makes Christmas is a community event to bring the magic of Christmas to Nunney and the surrounding area. The market will provide an opportunity for local makers to sell their wares and services and for people to stock up on Christmas gifts and festive cheer. Expect a warm welcome (helped by the mulled cider) with a host of stalls, music, fun for kids and tasty treats for all!

Bath Christmas Market

24 November – 11 December
Monday to Wednesday – 10am to 7pm
Thursday – 10am to 8pm
Friday and Saturday – 10am to 9pm
Sunday – 10am to 6pm
“The Bath Christmas Market offers 18 days of magical festive shopping, as the areas between the stunning Bath Abbey and the renowned Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopping wonderland. Right in the heart of Bath’s main shopping district, more than 170 traditional wooden chalets line the streets; each one offering handmade and beautiful gifts from Christmas decorations and food to toys and festive tipples; everything you need for the perfect Christmas.”

Bath Artisan Market

Green Park Station, Bath BA1 1JB
20 November, 11 & 18 December 10am – 4pm
“Bath’s biggest, award-winning independent monthly market, undercover in the heart of Bath. Free live bands at both events playing Christmas tunes from 12pm plus over 70 amazing and original stalls to stock up for Christmas from. This is Bath’s mecca for independent traders who create and sell high-quality work and produce; from delicious food, to art prints and cards, to flea market finds like clothes and homewares to unique handicrafts like ceramics, glass, textiles and more.”

Salisbury Christmas Market

24 November – 18 December
10am – 6pm Daily, inc. Sundays
10am – 7pm Friday & Saturday
10am – 8pm Thursdays
Salisbury Christmas Market“Rated by the Daily Telegraph in 2013 as one of the ‘Top 5 Christmas Markets in the UK’, we believe you will find it to be one of the most attractive and enjoyable Christmas Markets in the country. One of the things that makes Salisbury Christmas Market stand out is that we take great care to source the very best exhibitors we can find. In particular, we are passionate about having as many British made goods on sale as possible, in addition to some lovely hand-made crafts from Europe and beyond. We believe the considerable effort we make is demonstrated in the splendid array of chalets we have each year, where visitors will find lots of wonderfully inspiring artisans, designers, makers and small businesses who love what they do and sell.”

Mells – Christmas in the Country

Mells Christmas in the CountryMells Tithe Barn
Somerset BA11 3PN
12 November 10.30am to 5.30pm
“Come and enjoy the festive atmosphere at this Christmas market in the beautiful Tithe Barn in Mells. The market is an eclectic mix of twenty artisan stalls, each one different and each brimming with fabulous Christmas ideas and gifts. You’ll find textiles, jewellery, decorations, seasonal foods and much more. If you’re looking for something different, this is the place for you!”

Frome Lip-smacking Chocolate Festival

Cheese & Grain, Market Place, Frome
20 November 10am – 4pm
Entry is £2.00 / under 12’s are free. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
“The Lip Smacking Festival team are determined to mark the occasion by hosting a magnificent celebration of all things chocolate. Some of the best chocolatiers from the South West and beyond will be attending, so it’s the perfect opportunity to grab those early Christmas presents for that special someone, or just for yourself…! In addition there will be competitions running throughout the day and once again the organisers will be supporting Positive Action on Cancer and Fairtrade Frome.”

Frome Christmas Lights Switch On

2 December 5pm to 7.30pm
Frome town centre
“This is Frome’s Christmas Light switch on in the town centre. There will be a lantern procession into the Market Place followed by carol singing around the Christmas tree accompanied by the Frome Town Youth Band.”

Frome Christmas Extravaganza Market

Cheese & Grain
Market Yard
Frome BA11 1BE
2 December 5pm to 9pm
“Packed to the rafters with sumptuous gifts and produce! Music, mulled wine and much more…”

The Frome Independent – Christmas

The Frome Independent MarketMarket Place, Frome
4 December 10am – 3pm
“Whatever’s on your wish list this Christmas look no further than The Frome Independent on Sunday 4th December to get all your Christmas must haves and luxuries. Showcasing the best farmers, artisan food producers, and gourmet street food that Somerset and the South West has to offer December’s market will be bulging at the seams with a veritable feast of food to eat on the hoof, take away and pre-order in preparation for the big day. You’ll be spoilt for choice for gift ideas as TFI’s handpicked selection of designers, makers and independent traders have been busy making, producing, foraging, and hunting down all manner of products from bike bells to bobble hats, bags to baubles – you’re sure to find something.”

Bristol Christmas Market

Bristol11 November – 24 December 10am to 8pm
Broadmead Shopping Quarter
The Bristol Christmas Market is situated right in the heart of Bristol’s buzzing shyopping area with approximately 45 chalets providing creative gift ideas as well as food & drinks.

Exeter Christmas Market

Exeter Christmas Market19 November – 18 December
Cathedral Green
Monday to Wednesday 10.00-19.00 (bars close 19.15)
Thursday-Saturday 10.00-21.00 (bars close 21.15)
Sunday 11.00-18.00 (bars close 17.45)
“The Cathedral Green, at the heart of the city centre, will be brought to life by the Market, with stalls offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items – everything needed for a perfect Christmas celebration and to create a real Christmas buzz at the heart of the city. The Exeter Christmas Market will represent the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer – with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations. The iconic Cathedral occupies a special place in the heart of Exeter. It has been the focus of life in the city for centuries. The Cathedral look forward to welcoming Exeter residents and city visitors to The Close to enjoy the atmosphere of this unique Market.”