lil kunj explores Bath’s Christmas market
I’ve finally got myself in the Christmas spirit yesterday, although I still think it’s a bit early for it! You see I’m a last-minute kinda girl! I took a little road trip to see my friend in the lovely city of Bath to check out their Christmas Market.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect at first, everywhere in the UK seems to be holding these knock-off German/ some sort of European Christmas Markets these days, and I suspected that Bath would be trying to replicate and be something that it clearly isn’t. However I was pleasantly surprised.
It’s a quaint little affair, in stunning surroundings in the shadow of Bath Abbey, with the Roman Baths not to far away.
The area was filled with many wooden chalets, selling almost everything you need, from handcrafted decorations to beautiful jewellery, sensational alcoholic Christmas puddings and even curry kits!
The one thing that I liked the most and a major point winner was that the majority of the stalls sold items that had been made locally in Bath and the surrounding South West region.
The best time to visit is late afternoon so you have time to get a decent amount of shopping and milling about done, but as dusk sets in and it gets darker you can experience the magical, festive atmosphere and see all the Christmas lights twinkling away. Once you’ve exhausted yourself, you can sit down and have a bit of a breather, sip some mulled wine and watch everyone else walking and peering and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
I hope that in future Bath tries to build on what they have done this year and not try to replicate a German market. Bath is a beautiful city and an architectural gem, it has it’s own unique atmosphere and character. It doesn’t need to mimic other places when it has such a rich heritage and British traditions that it can build on. Also I think it should be around a bit longer, the 10th of December was the last day this year. I look forward to milling around in Bath next Christmas! Dar Bath, please stay classy next year!