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Winchester Christmas Market (Festive Fun Day Part 1)

  • 6 days ago · 2:00 PM
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Come and join me for a wander round the market and a glass or two of mulled wine.

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market!

Winchester is a must-visit destination for all those wishing to experience a traditional Christmas. The city justly claims to be England’s Christmas Capital and its Cathedral is at the heart of the festivities with a stunning Christmas Market and real Ice Rink dominating its beautiful and historic Close.

From its relatively modest beginnings, the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market now attracts over 350,000 visitors each year and has achieved a reputation as being amongst the very best in Europe. Within the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral’s historic Inner and Outer Close you'll find over 100 attractive wooden chalets brimming with goodies. The stallholders are individually selected by the Cathedral's in-house team to ensure superior quality, uniqueness and that a wide range of products are available. Each year there's a rotation of stallholders and a good percentage of invited new traders to keep the market fresh. There's a strong emphasis on British and artisan amongst the stallholders. Look out for Hampshire's finest cheese and sourdough toasties - these alone are reason to return regularly!

A large outdoor Ice Rink sits at the centre of activity, providing the perfect winter playground for adults and children alike and, like the Christmas Market, it’s regularly listed as one of the best rinks in the country. With the dramatic medieval architecture as a backdrop, it’s an idyllic setting at any time of day, but it really comes into its own after twilight when the Cathedral is lit up and a warm glow radiates from the market stalls. The Ice Rink continues to operate beyond the Christmas Market into the New Year.

Although the Cathedral’s Close attracts most of the attention, those in the know will be quick to take a detour and visit the Cathedral itself. A majestic sight to behold with a huge Christmas tree reaching up to the gothic vaults of the nave and stunning choral music ringing out during the many Christmas carol services, concerts and rehearsals. All are welcome to attend the services and indeed they are popular, attracting over 10,000 people a year.

Winchester at Christmas is buzzing with excitement, with visitors from all over the country, and from further afield, travelling to experience its festive atmosphere. Retailers, hoteliers, restaurants and bars, all eager to stand out from the crowd, strive to offer the best in a city that sparkles brightly for Christmas. The result is a city proud to call itself England’s Christmas Capital, with the Cathedral and its Christmas Market at the very centre of the celebrations.

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  • Randall H.

    Lost you again in the Pitcher and piano

    6 days ago

    • Clyde

      We are in the William walker

      6 days ago

  • Clyde

    Guys we are near the craft village.

    6 days ago

  • Randall H.

    Judith and I walked down to Starbucks back in 10

    6 days ago

  • Suzie

    Trains delayed but I just passed Farnborough so shouldn't be too long

    6 days ago

    • Clyde

      OK see you soon

      6 days ago

    • Clyde

      OK see you soon

      6 days ago

  • Clyde

    We are at the Eclipse Inn now

    6 days ago

  • Clyde

    We are at the Eclipse Inn now.

    6 days ago

  • Clyde

    Hi Delays on trains to Winchester so will now be getting the 13.30

    6 days ago

  • Randall H.

    Sounds like a plan Clyde will look for you on the platform

    1 · December 2

    • Jan

      Me too

      December 2

  • Clyde

    I will be catching the 13:33 from Basingstoke which get to Winchester around 13:48. I will then head down to the Eclipse Inn which is close to the cathedral which seems like a good place to meet.

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/The+Eclipse+Inn/@51.0621632,-1.3170321,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48740d8960f9f233:0xca6c8fb8d1cab943!8m2!3d51.0621632!4d-1.3148434

    2 · December 1

    • Clare

      Hi Clyde, I'll be on the same train (13.13 from Farnborough) 😊

      2 · December 2

  • Jan

    I'm a bit worried about this now, as I'm the only one who can't have a meal. A friend has said she will come with me, but if for any reason (which is likely) she drops out at last minute I will be Billy No Mates, eating my dinner alone, in a pub! I don't want to get "naughty "points" if I have to pull out, for not wanting to be on my own. I've been looking forward to this, so hopefully someone else will RSVP yes 😄

    November 26

    • Randall H.

      Jan let me message Clyde but think there is one on the wait list for lunch so I may be able to ensure you are not Billy no mates.

      1 · November 26

    • Jan

      Ok, I'm now sorted. My friend and I are now booked into The Green Man, 53 Southgate Street, SO23 9EH for 7 pm. I don't know if they have any other tables, or if we can up the booking, if anyone else wants to join us? Will meet up with the rest of you at 20.30 😄

      November 26

  • Nina

    Sorry guys probably can't make this now .. Have fun though :)

    November 23

  • Natasha B.

    Sorry I won't be able to attend. Hope you have a great time 😉

    November 20

  • Al

    Sorry Clyde but I have just received my Christmas shift pattern and won't be able to make this now. Al.

    November 20

  • Mary C

    Hiya, is anyone traveling from Romsey area to this event, if so could we travel together? Mary

    October 29

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