Our guide to some of the UK’s best festive fairs and, in our opinion, the best way to get there.
A nation rich in history and tradition, in spite of the cold weather, the festive season is one of the most enjoyable times of year in the UK.
Our multiculturalism and proximity to the Continent has meant that we’ve adopted a number of Europe’s Yuletide practices, including, in particular, the Christmas market.
Wreathed in the mouth-watering smells of mulled wine, roasting chestnuts and sizzling bratwurst, for many the Christmas market is one of the ultimate symbols of the season.
With quaint chalet-style shops displaying a treasure trove of festive wares, not to mention all manner of other attractions to help get you into the festive spirit, while being there is an experience not to be missed, with lengthy traffic queues and train delays, getting there can put you off going entirely.
Unless, of course, you’re travelling by helicopter.
Ideal for short distances and able to get into and out of even the smallest landing sites with ease, a helicopter charter can be the perfect choice for a hassle-free trip to visit one of the best UK Christmas markets.
And, in case, you need a little festive inspiration, here are five of the best UK Christmas markets to get you started.
16th November – 17th December
Hosted on the historic Cathedral Green, Exeter’s Christmas market boasts a variety of local, regional and international specialities, including hand-crafted souvenirs and festive delicacies.
10th November – 20th December
Manchester hosts several festive markets, but chief among them has to be the German-style fair in St Ann’s Square and the French-themed stalls along King Street. With a multitude of Yuletide trinkets and treasures in store, not to mention treats to tickle your taste buds, a visit to this city during the holiday season is an opportunity not to be missed.
16th November – 24th December
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest German market outside of Germany and Austria, offering a vast selection of traditional foods such as pretzels, schnitzels and bratwurst, washed down with glühwein, weissbeer or hot chocolate. Next door you’ll also find the Christmas Craft Fair, featuring the handiwork of local artists.
20th November – 22nd December
Boasting one of the South of England’s largest Christmas markets, the medieval city of Winchester’s festive fair offers a range of craft items and Christmas decorations. And, if the crowds get too much, head to The Square and Parchment Street nearby to peruse the independent stores, or dine in one of cafes or restaurants.
Every weekend from 25th – 17th December
It doesn’t get much more historic than this, with the Castle providing a stunning backdrop, decked in cinnamon and orange wreaths, pine trees and twinkling fairy lights. Hosted on the Cedar Lawn, overlooking the Castle, this annual Christmas Market features live music and a host of fairground rides, including a Victorian carousel.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little further afield, why not take a look at some of our favourite European Christmas market destinations.
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