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Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

**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.

Lxx


**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:

http://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/home/christmas-at-the-cathedral/christmas-market/

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.

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  • Laura H.

    Thanks Lynne for organising everything, had great time catching up with everyone and meeting some new faces! Wishing everyone a fab Xmas if I don't see you before xx

    1 · 3 days ago

  • Vicky

    It was so lovely to meet you all and see the regulars again!

    1 · 3 days ago

  • Becky

    Thanks for organising Lynne - we had lots of fun!

    2 · 4 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    Pleasure Rob - thanks to everyone for coming! Good people, y'all. Merry Xmas to those I don't see before then. Xx

    4 days ago

  • Robert G.

    Excellent day today. :-) Thanks Lynne. :-)

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Becky

    Ok we've gone to the table at the Stable as it's ready. We're upstairs!

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    If I've lost anyone, I'm sorry! Nice to see you all 😘

    4 days ago

  • Martin P.

    I will meet you guys in the Stable!

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    Hi all - just formally cancelling the 5.10 ice rink meetup as it's too cold ☺️

    4 days ago

  • Becky

    Lynne - about 10 of us are heading straight to the Stable rather than meet you guys back in the market. We're cold!! See you in the Stable

    4 days ago

    • Lynne C.

      Thanks love - a bunch of the guys have headed to the William Walker pub so if you're not there already, feel free to go....

      4 days ago

    • Becky

      We've got a table in the Stable, we're having a drink in the warm so we shall meet you guys here at 5:30pm

      1 · 4 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    Hi guys - so lots of people are here now. I'm going for a walk round in a minute - next meetup point is 4pm outside the ice rink entrance again. Then 5.10 if you're coming for the meal. Eat, drink, shop & be merry!! ☺️

    4 days ago

    • John B.

      Any places left for the meal?

      4 days ago

  • Martin P.

    I am just in a queue waiting to get into the Christmas Market so I may take a little longer to get in where abouts will you guys be?

    4 days ago

  • Chris B.

    Somewhat held up - I'll catch up in the market around half 3

    4 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    Standing just by ice rink doors ☺️

    4 days ago

  • Martin P.

    Ok I might not be there until nearer 3.05pm

    4 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    Hi all - just inside entrance. Heading for ice rink now.

    4 days ago

  • Dan C.

    Hi, I'm here, where are we meeting up?

    4 days ago

    • John B.

      I'm by the war monument, next to the cathedral.

      4 days ago

  • Mike

    sorry everyone was looking forward to this but i have something else to do have a great time see you at the next one

    5 days ago

  • Martin P.

    As I live in Winchester I can meet you outside the Christmas Market.

    5 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    Hi all - just to confirm, I'll be on the 13.55 from Southampton Central to Winchester tomorrow, and walking from Winchester station to the fayre at the Cathedral. All are welcome to meet me on the platform at Southampton if you want to :-)

    5 days ago

  • Becky

    I'm getting the 14:25 train from Southampton Central so see you there. Where shall we meet Lynne?

    5 days ago

    • Lynne C.

      Hiya - I'll be at the entrance to the ice rink at 3pm. I'm going to get the earlier train to make sure I'm there in good time.

      1 · 5 days ago

  • Gail

    Sorry guys I need to visit my granny on sunday

    6 days ago

  • Becky

    I went to the market today and it was very busy as you say Lynne. I only went in a group of 5 and we just about managed to stay together - breaking up into smaller groups might be wise. Also parking was crazy not helped with it being free in Sunday everywhere. If you do drive come off the M3 at the park n ride exit and go into Winchester through St Cross. We found a car park with a few spaces about a 10 min walk away

    1 · November 27

  • Becky

    I went last year too and also did the ice skating. It was great, especially the mulled wine stalls.

    1 · September 17

    • Becky

      Ha ha! I wouldn't but others might. It was really packed and as it was quite warm the ice was covered in a pool of water. Fun though. I'm liking all your event ideas coming through :0)

      1 · September 17

    • Lynne C.

      Thanks honey - it's an easy time of year :-)

      September 17

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