Don’t leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute – with lots of shopping events in Bath this festive season, there’s plenty of opportunity to plan ahead, get organised, and have an enjoyable gift-buying experience...
1. Christmas Artisan Markets at The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Wells
10th–12th November, 10am–4pm
Kick off your Christmas shopping in style in beautiful Wells. Roam around the medieval rooms of the Bishop’s Palace, which will be filled with unique gifts from local artisan producers, before taking a stroll around the beautiful gardens.
2. SouthGate’s White Christmas
16th November–24th December
Walk in a winter wonderland at SouthGate, Bath’s high street shopping hotspot this festive season, where snow is guaranteed to fall every hour. With icicle chandeliers, a kissmas selfie love seat and Frosty the snowman, you’ll feel as though you’re in the South Pole whilst you hunt for gifts for your loved ones.
3. Christmas Extravaganza at Bowood House
At Bowood House’s fabulous Christmas shopping event, you will have the chance to seek out upscale items from an enticing variety of gift stalls, including handmade toys, Christmas treats, festive decorations, stocking fillers and much more. If you fancy making a weekend of it, Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort are offering an all-inclusive overnight stay, which includes breakfast, the use of spa facilities, and a gift-wrapping masterclass.
4. Bath Christmas Market
23rd November–10th December
Bath’s 18-day shopping extravaganza is regularly voted as one of the most popular Christmas Markets in the UK, and for good reason. Discover the magic of Bath this Christmas, and enjoy the twinkling lights, seasonal smells and festive sounds that Bath Christmas Market brings to the city, whilst you shop for the perfect present. With over 80% of stallholders from Bath and the surrounding region, and 99% of products handmade in Bath, the UK or overseas with Fairtrade certification, you’re bound to find something unique and special. Enjoy musical entertainment from a whole host of performers, before settling down to a festive feast and a warming beverage in the Lodge, brought to you by Bath Ales and Framptons Café, Bar and Kitchen.
5. Hartley Farm Christmas Market
25th November, 10am–4pm
Head to Hartley Farm for a fabulously festive day at the farm, featuring food demonstrations, Christmassy performances and storytelling. Some of Hartley Farm’s best-loved suppliers will be there on the day with plenty of beautiful and original treats to help you along your way with your Christmas shopping.
6. Christmas Craft Fair at the American Museum
25th–26th November, 11am–4pm
From ceramics and textiles to jewellery and prints, you’re bound to find the perfect gift at the American Museum’s Christmas Craft Fair. Meet the makers and find unique Christmas gifts in a friendly and festive atmosphere.
7. Bath Vintage and Antiques Market
26th November and 3rd December, 8:30am–4pm
Head to the historic Green Park Station for Bath Vintage and Antiques Market, where you will be able to browse Bath’s best-loved vintage and antiques market for unique and special Christmas gifts.
8. Walcot Winterfest
Known fondly to locals as the Artisan Quarter, Walcot Street is home to a delightful mix of independent shops and restaurants run by friendly and dedicated staff. The annual Walcot Winterfest will include a stunning lantern procession, featuring incredible creations from local schools and artists.
9. Festive Inspiration with OKA and Country Life at The Gainsborough Bath Spa
29th November, 12–4pm
The Gainsborough Bath Spa are set to host an afternoon of fine food, inspirational décor advice and ideas for festive shopping. Country Life Interiors Editor Giles Kime and Mirry Christie, Brand Director or luxury furniture and home accessories retailer OKA, will offer guidance on finding the perfect Christmas present and the art of seasonal table dressing, festive flower arranging, and those all-important finishing touches.
10. Late Night Christmas Shopping at Kilver Court Designer Village
1st December, 5:30–8pm
Shop under the glow of twinkling Christmas lights at Kilver Court Designer Village, when all of their shops will be open until 8pm. Don’t miss the Paul Smith Christmas Gift Sale, where you will get exclusive access to the collection before the weekend rush. And toast to an evening of successful Christmas shopping at their new outdoor ‘snuggery’, where you can get cosy with a delicious hot chocolate.
11. Dickensian Christmas at the Corridor and Northumberland Place
7th, 14th and 21st December, 5–7:30pm
The Corridor, Bath’s undercover shopping arcade, will be transformed this Christmas, in an ode to Bath’s most famous resident from the Victorian Era. Enjoy costumed characters, musical entertainment and traditional festive treats as you shop for the perfect present.
By Emily McKay