Gloucester Quays: Victorian Christmas Market

How is it already mid-November!? The nights are rapidly drawing back and as they do, a mild chill fills the air, a touch of frost at our dawn rising. With the countdown to festive season already upon us, it can only mean the start of the Christmas Market season. With autumn proving a little unsettling, I for one am excited to look towards the end of the year with some optimism.

With a tune of merriment heralding those days to come, I jumped in the car and made a off through the russet palette of the South West in the direction of Gloucester. Why you may ask? Well, hopefully the pictures speak for themselves, as I ventured off for a visit to the Victorian Christmas Market with my other half, in search of some much needed cheer and some indulgent late-night discount shopping.

Arriving late-afternoon to the Gloucester Quayside, we were greeted by a hive of activity as masses filled the cobbled streets around the docks. It is estimated that approximately half a million flocked to the festivities around the docks last year and I must admit that it is an inviting atmosphere. Having covered the outlet shopping quarter, we braved the streets to browse round the vast assortment of stallholders flogging their wares; from food and drink to homemade fayre, jewellery, handicrafts and more.

Mulling around the glowing assortment of bespoke gifts, are a bunch of cheeky Victorian characters, keen to rope you into a merry dance, providing light entertainment on the docks. Having taken in the various sights and sounds, we saddled up for some respite in the catering section, tucking into a hog roast and some fizzing prosecco, as night enveloped the quayside.

All in all it was a lovely evening amidst the twinkling lights, sampling sweet treats and snacking on crepes, despite the cold biting at my fingers. Although, we didn’t attempt to embarrass ourselves on the ice-rink and there is also a traditional carousel for the young at heart to enjoy.

Tell me, are you ready for the depths of winter? What markets are you looking forward to mulling round this season? I’ve already got my eyes set on a couple, including a few regular haunts and some new events as well. No matter where you are in the world, may you savour a little joy this winter.

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