With its historic towns, chocolate box villages and beautiful scenery, what better place is there to get into the Christmas spirit than the Cotswolds? And there is plenty of Christmas spirit at our Christmas Markets, all offering lots of goodies, many locally made, so take time out to enjoy the build up to this magical time of year.
And we really love a Christmas Market, so luckily for us, we have so many wonderful ones to choose from in the Cotswolds, all held throughout the end of November and up to Christmas in December.
But these 3 Christmas Markets in the Cotswolds are the ones we keep coming back to every year, because they're fabulous, of course, but also because they're held daily, which is convenient around the busy Christmas time, so we can always find a day to visit that suits.
24th November – 11th December 2014
Fancy Christmas shopping in a World Heritage Site? The Bath Christmas Market is a wonderfully festive event, right in the heart of the city. Traditional wooden chalets line the streets of the main shopping area, offering beautiful, original gifts for all the family. A range of local delicacies add to the whole festive experience. Of course you have the joy of shopping in traditional Bath too, plus it’s a good excuse to visit the cosy tearooms. So put aside plenty of time because, let’s face it, 365 days of the year a trip to Bath would be a bonus!
And, if you want to feel extra Christmassy, don the skates and swirl and twirl (we’re thinking Frozen!) at the outdoor skating rink in the Royal Victoria Park. There’s even a pizza restaurant and bar if you need warming up afterwards. Or, if you’re thinking really warm, check out the Thermae Bath Spa with a whole range of bathing delights and wonderful views of the city, or visit the world famous Roman Baths and Pump Room.
4th – 20th December 2014
Shopping in Cheltenham is always special and this winter, the Promenade will once again host the annual Christmas Market event. This market is home to a host of traders with a huge range of great Christmas gifts and ideas on offer. Festive chalets line the street, creating a wonderful atmosphere in this beautiful setting. Find that perfect gift from the large variety of jewellery, arts and crafts and paintings and more unusual gifts and collectables on offer.
Is it us or is Christmas shopping just not the same these days unless you’ve a large glass of glühwein?! Don’t drink on an empty stomach though - tasty treats include traditional French crepes, delicious olives and German Bratwursts.
After an eventful day in town, why not rest your weary legs and take in a production at the highly acclaimed Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham – it is panto season after all... (oh yes it is!)
8th – 18th December 2014
Oxford is steeped in tradition and is not a city to shy away from a good celebration! Tuck into cheese, chocs, crepes and nuts at the Oxford Christmas market this December and enjoy a browse through the eclectic mix of Christmas stalls. If you're stuck for present ideas or just want to soak up the Christmassy atmosphere, head to the market this December.
The huge range of goods on offer includes original art works and prints, jewellery, slippers, candles and pottery.
Once you’ve stocked up on gifts, you can take in the sights of this wonderful city from an open top bus tours, if you're wrapped up warm, or from inside if it's just too cold.
And when all that shopping is done, we need a lovely meal in a cosy Cotswold pub, so for a super list of dining pubs in the Cotswolds, don't miss our super guide to 27 Amazing Dining Pubs in the Cotswolds.
There are plenty of other Christmas events taking place in the Cotswolds this winter. To decide when and where to visit, and to book your self catering accommodation, call the helpful team at Manor Cottages on 01993 824252 or browse for and book your accommodation online on this very website.