Christmas is little over a month away but don’t worry if you haven’t started your shopping yet, there are some magical Christmas markets on the horizon in West Wales.
The opportunity to visit some magnificent and historic properties, sort out the Christmas shopping and enjoy delicious local food and drink all at the same time is what I love about Wales!
Picton Castle’s annual Christmas Market is on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November from 10.30am – £7 per person, under 15s £4, under 5s free.
With a fantastic range of stalls in the castle this is a magical way to start the season. A Christmas market that isn’t just British, but prides itself on being a very local one. Most stallholders are from Pembrokeshire, offering beautifully handmade wooden toys and crafted candles, tasty cheeses, funky jewellery and ceramics.
Up next is Pembroke Castle where the doors are open into the evenings: 25 and 26 November, 10am – 8pm, and 27 November 10am – 4pm.
Entry is free and the charge of £1 per child for Santa’s Grotto will be donated to charity.
Where else will you see Santa abseil down an 80ft keep?
Llanerchaeron is hosting their Christmas Food and Craft Fair on 5 and 6 December, 11.00am – 4.00pm. £4 per adult, National Trust members and children free.
This is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit with a visit to this wonderful Christmas Fair. Choose a unique gift from over 70 stalls selling the very best of local food and crafts. The house will be decorated for Christmas, there will be a visit from Father Christmas and a treasure hunt for children. ‘Out of town’ shopping at it’s very best!
Aberglasney is holding a Traditional Winter Fair on 2 and 3 December, 9.30am – 3.30pm. From humble beginnings more than 10 years ago in the Gardens’ Tearooms, this annual event is now one of the biggest events of its type with over 100 carefully chosen stalls helping to transform this world-renowned site into a Christmas shopper’s paradise.
The Gardens themselves, named by the Royal Horticultural Society as one of the UK’s top 10 formal gardens, will be specially lit and entertainment ranging from traditional choirs to silver bands will perform across the weekend in what will be a winter wonderland.
If you’re imagining yourself wandering around these Christmas markets and you’re hooked on the idea of a magical Christmas here, there’s still time to book your perfect self-catering holiday cottage in West Wales.
I’m really looking forward to the festivities!