Insider’s Guide to Bath Christmas Shopping

Bath Christmas Market

Love it or hate it, Christmas is arriving across the country! Corner shops, retail giants, online stores and markets alike are all gearing up for the busiest shopping period of the year. Instead of the usual hurry to tick off the Christmas checklist, this year why not take the time to indulge in a truly enjoyable Christmas shopping experience? A visit to the Bath Christmas Market is a winter mini break full of treasures to find and places to explore.


The Christmas grotto at the heart of Bath

Bath Christmas Market has become a Christmas tradition for the millions of visitors which have visited over the last 14 years. The historic streets are lined with 185 traditional wooden chalets, all packed with goodies from Bath and the surrounding areas. The market also brings a Victorian carousel, carol singers, ice skating in Queen’s square or Victoria park, a feast of food and drink, and a Santa’s grotto in Southgate shopping centre. As well as filling up your Santa sack, it’s a great opportunity to meet local designer makers and get to the forefront of modern British products.


Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co.

Taking their rightful place in the Bath Christmas Market, Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co. are the last cheese makers left in Cheddar. They claim that only the lush Somerset pastures, skilled hand processing, and maturing in the caves themselves creates a true cheddar cheese. Their award winning produce is lovingly made throughout the year, but catch Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co. at the Bath Christmas Market for samples, hampers, crackers, pickles and chutneys to fill any tummy.


The Makery

Sat above the busy streets of Bath, The Makery is a creative hub for any craft enthusiast. As part of the Make revolution, their mission is to teach a wealth of craft skills and techniques, in the form of workshops, parties, and kits. The Makery stands by their firm ethos to reduce waste and encourage resourcefulness, leading classes in everything from sock monsters to embroidery and furniture restoration. Find them at the Bath Christmas Market with their Make Away kits and books, suitable for both adults and kids.

Time to enjoy Christmas shopping

The entire of Bath, heritage services and retailers alike, greatly benefit from this two and a half week tourist boom. Everyday a different local charity takes its place in a chalet to raise funds, keeping in touch with the true spirit of the season. The Bath Christmas Market springs to life during busy lunchtimes and weekends, for a more relaxed shopping visit pop along on weekday evenings for a magical experience. Don’t fancy braving the cold and bustle? Get all the best of a Bath shopping experience at James Samson, here all year with quality gifts to make that perfect Christmas.


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