Despite living less than an hour away I have never been to Winchester’s Christmas market before and every year people seem to be raving about it more and more. So with a spare morning this week I grabbed my camera and headed down there to meet up with Annie. It is clearly sign posted off the motorway as you approach Winchester, with a suggestion that you use the Park and Ride. I would strongly urge you to take that advice.
I stubbornly insisted on using my usual parking spot in the Chesil Road Car Park but found it was already full on the lower floors by 9.30am and when I returned to my car early afternoon it was full. I would also suggest you try and avoid weekends, I can imagine it would be rammed fairly early on if mid week was anything to go by.
Situated in the Cathedral’s close it surrounds an ice rink. The market is free to get in and features over 100 small wooden chalets set up and selling all sorts of Christmas ornaments and gifts. Along with lots of places to get mulled wine, hot chestnuts and bratwurst.
A real feast for the senses and if you aren’t feeling particularly Christmassy when you arrive, you will be by the end of it!
On from now until December 22nd it is open from 10am to 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and from 10am to 7.30pm Thursday to Saturday.
And then when you have finished in the market you can wander around the rest of Winchester and admire the Christmas wreaths on doors. I think that should be a new Instagram feed actually, I could photograph them for hours!.
Is it too early to say “Happy Christmas”?!