One of my favourite things to do during the festive period is visit a Christmas market – and I’ve got a pretty good one to tell you about today!
Winchester is a beautiful, old town full of stunning architecture, great shops and a fantastic range of independent eateries and coffee shops. It’s a great place to visit for the day at any time of year, but it’s particularly good at Christmas time! Every year throughout November and December Winchester Cathedral hosts a spectacularly good Christmas market.
On the 1st of December we headed into Winchester for breakfast and a morning exploring the Christmas market. I’d advise getting to Winchester fairly early if you’re driving in, as it becomes quite difficult to park when the market is in town!
It was a cold, drizzly day when we visited the market, but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits and we headed over to the Cathedral to explore the stands at the market. It’s free to go to the market, and the stalls are bursting with festive fare, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. It’s the perfect place to go to feel all Christmassy!
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous than we were, there’s an ice rink in the middle of the market so you can get your skate on. We decided that we weren’t in the mood on this occasion!
Tom and I went along to the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market with our friends Bex (find her blog here) and Henry. We were layered up to the max, complete with bobble hats and feeling oh so cosy!
The stalls are bursting with handmade wreaths and garlands, local gins (hello Winchester Distillery), quirky gifts and of course, food!
We stopped for some mulled wine to warm up – by the time we reached the mulled wine cart, we were pretty damp!
The food on offer is rather tempting, and we did come away with a chocolate to try – just the one though, they’re massive! There’s also traditional raclette on offer, served melted over a steaming hot bowl of potatoes and sausages. What a perfect combination of flavours!
If you’re looking for a fun, festive day out in Hampshire, look no further! Whether you’re planning a family day out, or a fun morning with friends, the Christmas market at Winchester Cathedral is the perfect place for a spot of Christmas shopping, washed down with mulled wine. There are plenty of cute coffee shops and restaurants to keep you busy for the rest of the day as well!