Tis the season to be jolly, and deck the halls with boughs of holly! It seems like only yesterday that we were clearing the remnants of Christmas 2009, and already we’re preparing for 2010.
If, like us, your year has flown by, and with two weeks to go, you are also stuck with a million different presents to buy, then you need a dose of Christmas market magic. And it doesn’t get more festive than a traditional Dickensian Christmas celebration.
Running from Friday 3rd December until Sunday 19th December, this enchanting event will not fail to put anybody in the festive spirit, and will warm your heart on these cold winter days.
The Dickens Christmas Market takes place in the beautiful grounds of Kent’s Rochester Castle, overlooking the River Medway and just a few steps from Rochester’s picture-postcard Victorian High Street; home to the ever-popular Dickensian Christmas Festival, attracting more than 80,000 people over the first weekend in December. It is believed to be one of the largest ‘authentic’ Christmas markets in the UK, featuring an array German style Christmas chalets, a giant Christmas tree, bandstand, and carousel.
From the sublime to the bizarre, this Christmas market has everything, from handmade fairy glass to edible flowers, circus equipment to Dutch cheese! What better way to finish off your Christmas shopping. For opening times and further information about the market, please see the attached link:
For a more local, homely feel, how about the Wye Christmas Farmers Market.
Bring the children to meet Paddy the Donkey, who will be selling Mistletoe for charity, along with carol singing and the Lyminge Hand Bell Ringers. Set in the chocolate box village of Wye, near Ashford, Kent, and nestled at the foot of the North Downs, Wye Farmers Market has been providing its local community with delicious, fresh, locally produced food for over ten years.
With an enviable array of stalls selling everything from fresh bread, and chutneys to locally produced, organic meats, and locally made cheeses, there is a clear passion about home food producers. It’s not every day that you’re able to enjoy a spicy curried goat wrap washed down with a glass of locally produced sparkling wine. For more information, visit:
So come to Kent this Christmas, escape the hustle and bustle of the shopping centre rush, and experience a dose of Christmas Market magic.