Bath Christmas Market 2016

Are you in the festive spirit yet? I am pretty confident (I'd stake a bag of chocolate coins on it) that by the time you reach the end of this blog post, you will be feeling fully in the mood for Christmas, reaching for a glass of mulled wine, and, decorating every inch of your home in baubles and fairy lights! It's time to grab a cuppa and settle yourself in for some serious scrolling, as I am about to take you on a whistle stop tour of the Bath Christmas Market...

Bath Tourism kindly invited me to attend their first Bath Christmas Market blogger's event, which took place last Saturday morning at 10am, during the market's opening weekend. Myself and a handful of bloggers met Claire and Emma from Bath Tourism at our meeting point; The Lodge, on Stall Street. The Lodge feels reminiscent of an authentic snow covered alpine chalet; a very fitting way to kickstart our day. The girls gave us a quick debrief, handed out information packs and cups of tea and croissants. Soon after, we all stepped out of the warmth and joined the hoards of shoppers, all eagerly browsing, sampling and buying a plethora of gorgeous gifts and delicious produce on offer. Excited to discover the delights of the Bath Christmas Market, I soon set to work with my camera, keen to navigate my way around as many of the ~170 wooden chalets before rejoining Claire, Emma and my fellow bloggers at noon, for a drink and toastie back at The Lodge!

Girls! Don't miss a visit to Shining Seren at Chalet 109, for an array of sparkly jewels. Thank you to Shining Seren for kindly gifting me a gorgeous gold ring as part of my goody bag from Bath Tourism.  

Ooo, yes please! For a full bodied craft cider, brewed locally, just outside of Bath at their orchards in Midford, look no further than Honey's Midford Cider. Award-winning ciders await, over at Chalet 32!

Who doesn't love a delicious cheese board at Christmas?! Take home an array of award-winning organic cheeses from Bath Soft Cheese Co (Chalet 35).

Pucker up for pies! The perfect pitstop whilst you shop 'til your drop! Pop over to The Humble Pie Co. at Chalet 36, for a substantial handmade shortcrust pastry pie, or two, or three...

A Christmas stocking just doesn't feel complete without a colourful new pair of socks to enjoy wearing on Christmas Day! 

Jollie Socks are made in Britain and for each pair you purchase, a second pair will be donated to a homeless charity.

Each set are presented in a tin can, making it a quirky, fun gift to unwrap.

Head to Chalet 22 for some happy sock shopping! I received a gorgeous set which I cannot wait to show off this festive season, thank you Jollie Socks!

Roar! Up to Seven specialise in selling beautiful handmade children's clothes and knitwear, many of which are designed from their studio workshop in Walcot Street, Bath. They also sell designer brands such as Frugi and Funky Feet. This not so scary dinosaur will make the perfect gift for a good little boy this Christmas.

These strawberry bobble hats are just too cute! Find these wonderful treats and much, much more over at Chalet 40...

Local designer Robyn Coetzee Glass Design showcases a charming collection of glass kiln-fired decorations and gifts. (Chalet 45)

One of Robyn's techniques is to "transform discarded plastic items and other so-called 'junk' into reusable stencils to create patterns on the glass." Her process is "time-consuming, as many pieces of glass are cut, layered and sprinkled onto a base layer of glass, heat-formed in a kiln and further worked after firing to finish the piece." I was lucky enough to find a kiln formed glass bird in my goody bag. I am looking forward to placing him carefully on my Christmas tree, thank you Robyn Coetzee Glass Design!

A tasty tipple from British Cassis? Enjoy as a delicious aperitif or add a drop to a glass of bubbly. Find them and their tasty samples at Chalet 89.

Have you ever seen such gorgeous shiny baubles? Create an eye-catching festive window display with a visit to Ridge & Furrow at Chalet 85...

Don't bypass on these frosty fellows while you are there too! This small family-run business also sells stylish home and garden accessories...

More cheese please at Chalet 84!...

Get sampling at The Cherry Tree and try their delicious flavoured cheeses (above and below). The 'Cheddar with Caramelised Onion' is particularly good.

It's definitely going to be gin o'clock after all that Christmas shopping...

So don't miss a visit to The Bath Gin Company for a locally crafted gin and gin related gift sets (Chalet 119).

Many thanks team Bath Gin for my tasty tipple...

It can't be Christmas without homemade sausage rolls. Sorry kids, these are not to be left out for Santa and his reindeers on Christmas Eve. Little Jack Horners Ltd, according to GQ Magazine, are "the best sausage rolls we've ever tasted." Agreed. Find them at Chalet 122...

Happy Christmas DW Simply Sprinkle! Definitely gets my vote for the best dressed stall holder this year. Add packs of flavour and seasoning to your festive cooking with their unique blend of dried herbs and spices. (Chalet 129)

For 100% natural, ethical skincare products, visit Sally at Bath Spa Skincare (Chalet 130). 

Perfect products that will take good care of your skin this season...

Take my word, Dimkins Patisserie rustle up macarons that give Ladurée a run for their money! 

A popular foodie choice and an ideal gift to add to a homemade Christmas hamper. Thank you Dimkins Patisserie for my trio of colourful, scrumptious macarons. Find them at Chalet 132...

Don't forget to look up and spot all of the inventive chalet façades...

... they are so imaginative, don't you agree?

Self-confessed "paintaholic" Kate Chidley, not only designs beautiful, enchanting illustrated maps and prints, she also created all of the fabulous artwork for the Bath Christmas Market. Look out for her gingerbread peep board on York Street for a great photo opportunity too.

Find Kate and her beautiful maps at Chalet 19...

Chalet 26 is home to Bertie & Jack and their amazing collection of creative wall art. A big thank you for my 'Happy Days' cut-out illustration. I cannot wait to find the perfect spot for my new penguins!

Stop by Bath Ales to pick up award-winning ales. There's the option to purchase single bottles, gift packs, beer boxes or Microcasks. 

This local brewery is located at Chalet 23 during the Christmas market.

I know what Scott will be wanting to unwrap this Christmas!...

Another bite to eat? 

Oh, go on then! How could you not?!

You simply can't visit the market without stopping by for a bag of caramelised almonds as you wander around the chalets. The delicious scent of them cooking fills the air with such a Christmassy fragrance. Yum!

As does the spicy, sweet aromas wafting from the vast cauldrons of piping hot, freshly prepared mulled wine.

Fuelled with helpings of delicious food, it's time for some more festive retail therapy! For timeless, simple wardrobe staples, visit Snow and her ethical clothing label; Bibico at Chalet 140.

Cosy, hand-knitted scarves, hats, gloves, leg warmers and socks designed for men and women will see you right through these bitterly cold winter months...

I was very grateful to discover a comfortable pair of fashionable leg warmers in my goody bag, many thanks Bibico!

Swap out your tea and/or coffee drinking habits with a taste of chai! Henny & Joe's are the creators behind the multi-award winning chai syrup. Their unique chai blend is naturally free from caffeine, artificial preservatives, colourings and additives.

This versatile syrup can be used in chai lattes, chai teas, ice creams, porridge, puddings, and tasty tipples too! For all the recipe inspiration you need, take a look at their website.

Find Henny & Joes at Chalet 137.

Coffee tables at Christmas should always be crowded with sweets and treats. Well, it's definitely a rule in my house anyway! The team at Fudge Kitchen will be sure to assist you in finding the tastiest, luxury handmade fudge and gift sets. (Chalet 166)

Scott and I have already polished off our 'sea salted caramel handmade gourmet fudge bar,' that I excitedly spotted at the bottom of my goody bag on Saturday. Huge thanks Fudge Kitchen! 

If I had to choose a favourite chalet display, Pollyfields would be my worthy winner. A lovingly designed, painstakingly valiant effort has gone into the decoration and it looks fabulous! Fruit garlands, door wreaths and scented candles galore! (Chalet 20).

Several hours raced by and soon it was time to dash back to The Lodge and touch base with everybody. Claire and Emma from Bath Tourism generously offered a light lunch after our morning around the market. Soon we were all tucking into tasty cheese toasties and frothy coffee, whilst swapping our stories from the morning!  

After our meet up, I popped back to the Bath Christmas Market later that evening. I think the market looks even more magnificent at night, when the twinkling fairy lights shimmer and dance...

The Bath Christmas Market will be sure to sprinkle festive cheer on all that visit, even any humbugs reluctant to enjoy this festive season! The market is running until Sunday 11th December, so best be quick if you want to experience the magic of Christmas in Bath this year... 

With huge thanks to Bath Tourism for inviting me to attend their event, and for generously sending me off with a fabulous goody bag.