Best for foodies
28th of November
Head to the Fifteen Cornwall Winter Fayre, on Saturday, November 28, for cookery demonstrations to turn your festive lunch from drab to fab. Top chefs and sommeliers from acclaimed restaurants, including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, will be cooking up a storm from 9.30-3.30, in the Extreme Academy car park at Watergate Bay. There’ll also be stalls packed with local produce to try and foodie gifts, too. Call 01637 861000 for more information.
Tuck into traditional German snacks – from steaming potato soup to Currywurst (hot dog with curry sauce) – washed down with warming mulled wine, at Berlin’s festive markets. With more than 60 markets, you’ll be spoilt for choice but the grandest is on the doorstep of the Charlottenburg Palace.
- Take a two night, room-only break from Leeds-Bradford Airport on December 4 for £270pp (based on two sharing). Call 0800 408 0778 for more information.
3rd-6th of December
Lincoln’s Christmas market nestles in the grounds of the castle (left). Wander the cobbled streets and browse 250 stalls, mulled wine in hand. This is the oldest market in England and has a German feel, perhaps a result of the town’s twinning with Neustadt. There’s also an outdoor skating rink for the energetic. The Christmas market is a free event, held from December 3-6. Call 01522 545458 for more information.
21st-22nd of November
Wander the historic parklands at Petworth House, West Sussex, and enjoy the vistas that inspired JMW Turner, while browsing 140 artisan stalls. This winter wonderland will take place from November 21-22, 10.30am-3.30pm, with a huge range of gifts available. Adults £6, children and National Trust members free. Call 01798 342207 for more information.
Best for crafts
20th-22nd of November
Pick up handmade soaps, jewellery, ceramics, glass, fudge and more at the Windsor Christmas Gift Fair, from November 20-22. Held at the famous Royal Windsor Racecourse, this family-friendly event will be crammed with unique gifts from artisan designers and makers, as well as yummy gourmet food and drinks, festive music and plenty of toys and children’s clothes to fill those stockings. Tickets cost £5 adults, £3.50 if booked in advance, children under 16 free. Open from 10am-5pm each day with free parking. Call 01753 591892 for more information.
Mingle with local artists and craftspeople and buy their pottery, textiles, jewellery, paintings, prints and photography at the Lyme Regis Christmas Craft Fair. Held from December 4-6 at the Town Mill, you’ll also find an abundance of mince pies and mulled wine and entrance is free. For more information call the Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138.
Best for Corrie fans
Walk the famous cobbled streets on a Coronation Street tour after spending a day at Manchester’s Christmas market. One of the best in Europe, this features around 300 twinkling stalls, perfect for picking up stocking fillers. This overnight break includes a three- course evening meal, cooked breakfast, tour, and market visit for £119pp from November 21-22. For more information call 01858 438481.
Best for grandchildren
Take the little ones to meet Father Christmas in his grotto at the Harrogate Christmas market. You’ll find funfair rides, real reindeer, live music from local buskers and a food and drink marquee. That’s without mentioning the 200 traders selling everything from photography to decorations, traditional toys to local cheese and ale! The market runs from November 19-22 on Montpellier Hill and is free to attend.
Meet some friendly farm animals at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield property in North Somerset. There’ll be a Christmas food and craft market on December 5-6, from 10am-3pm, with live entertainment, seasonal goodies, handmade jewellery and ceramics. Don’t leave without visiting the farm after this free event. For more information call 01275 461900.
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