**UPDATE 27/11/16: Hi all! Looking forward to Winchester Xmas market next week. The number of people who've signed up has really taken me by surprise; it's going to be really busy there, so I have decided to put a limit on now, as I think it'll be challenging to host as it is, with so many. If people drop out, they won't be replaced until we get down to 50 now. If anyone has ideas for the day, please shout - e.g. if anyone would like to go ice skating, put a message in the comments as I'm sure there'll be others who'd like to go too. I won't personally be donning the blades as I am like some kind of uncoordinated and dangerously sharp giant crane fly in them. My plan really is to wander around the stalls, pick up some Xmassy bits & bobs, get coffee/mulled wine/street food, and just hang out and chat. Last year it did rain, so we took shelter in the local Pitcher & Piano & had some food - this group will be too big for us all to do that together, so if it does rain we'll need to split up into smaller groups but I'm sure we'll manage.
It takes about 10-20 mins to walk from Winchester Station to the Xmas Market, depending on how fast you are. The 14:25 from Southampton Central gets into Winchester at 14:41 and that could be your best bet if you don't mind taking the train, as I suspect parking will be hard to find.
Last comment for now - some spaces have become available for the Xmas pizza meal at the Stable from 5.30. If you'd like to join, I'll need a £5 deposit and a meal pre-order from the menu immediately to secure your place. The manager expects it to be a busy evening so if you leave it late you might not get in. Please PM me for bank details.
**ORIGINAL MEETUP DETAILS:
Hi all - so Rob's post re. a Christmas market trip to Berlin made me realise it's time to start looking at the diary for winter Meetups! The first week of December seems a great time to start to get into the Xmas spirit, and I'm free to host a trip to Winchester on 4 December, so here we are...
Founded in 2006, this Christmas Market celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It's now recognised as one of the best in Europe with its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance. More details here:
I went last year and it was lovely, even though it did rain so we had to take shelter in a pub for a while. I reckon a couple of hours is long enough for the average person to have a good look around the fayre, but you can obviously arrive earlier or stay later if you want to. I'll be at the entrance to the ice rink to meet everyone who wants to join the group at 3pm, though. This is a nice opportunity to have a look around for some early Xmas presents for those of us who usually leave it all to the last minute :-)
I'm going to post post a separate event straight after this for a meal at a nearby restaurant to wrap up the day - that will have to have a numbers limit, but I'll try, of course, to accommodate everyone who wants to join if I can.