The top ten Christmas Markets in the North East
PUBLISHED: 09:18 04 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:27 20 February 2013
Lured by the smell of mulled wine and mince pies, Ruth Addicott tracks down the Christmas markets you don't want to miss
Lured by the smell of mulled wine and mince pies, Ruth Addicott tracks down the Christmas markets you dont want to miss
The Bowes Museum Christmas Festival
Last years event attracted more than 5,000 people and this years looks to be even bigger with the grounds turned into a Winter Wonderland with local bands and four community choirs as well as Santa accompanied by real reindeer. The festival will have more than 60 stalls selling unusual gifts, food and crafts. Expect everything from vintage inspired home accessories and ceramics to make your own cookie kits and gourmet dog treats. The Bowes Museum Cookbook will also be available to buy.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham. December 15-16, 10am-4pm. Free. www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk.
Durham City Traditional Christmas Festival and Market
Durhams annual Christmas festival returns with a huge heated craft and giftm featuring 185 stalls. Expect everything from Danish jewellery and Tibetan handicrafts to vintage inspired homeware and photography of the North East. This is the place to pick up a tartan, tweed lampshade, hand-knitted Alpaca baby clothes or Scandinavian Christmas decorations. There will also be brass bands, carol services, pony and trap rides and a Childrens Lantern Procession.
Palace Green, Durham. November 3-December 2, 10-6pm (Fri), 9-5pm (Sat) and 10-4.30pm (Sun). Tickets 3 (adv), 3.50 (door). www.durhamchristmasfestival.com
Christmas Fair at The Kitchen Garden, Meldon Park
There arent many markets where you can fell your own Christmas tree, but this is one of them. Fresh from its recent appearance on Channel 4s Country House Rescue, Meldon Park will have more than 30 stalls selling food and gifts from local artists as well as ready cut Christmas trees. The estate is also offering a fell your own service and the chance to leave with a freshly cut tree. With views over the Wansbeck Valley, its a great excuse for a walk followed by mulled wine and a warm mince pie in the caf.
Meldon Park, Morpeth, Northumberland. December 8-9, 10-4.30pm. Tickets 5 adult, 3 child. www.meldonpark.co.uk
Christmas Market, Newcastle
Following the success of the Continental Market which will see the centre of Newcastle filled with the smell of French crepes and Spanish paella (November 20-December 1), the citys annual Christmas Market returns with a selection of local ales, jams, handmade chocolates, scarves, leather bags, pottery and jewellery. Alternatively, check out Ouseburn Open Studios (November 24-25) where local artists, jewellery and furniture makers will be opening up their studios giving visitors the chance to browse and purchase direct.
Christmas Market, Newcastle
December 5-9. Free.
Middlesbrough Christmas Food and Craft Market
Middlesbrough Town Centre will be hosting a Christmas Market featuring handcrafted gifts from local artists, festive fudge fancies and warm mince pies. Alternatively, if you havent set foot in Stewart Park since its multi-million pound revamp, pop down to the Henry Bolckow Visitor Centre on December 16 (from 11-4pm) which also has stalls packed with ideas and locally inspired gifts.
Middlesbrough Town Centre. November 30-December 1, from 9am-4pm. Free.
North Shields Victorian Christmas Market
Now in its 14th year, the North Shields Christmas Market has become one of the biggest in the region, attracting more than 30,000 people last year from all over the UK. This years market will feature more than 100 stalls in North Shields famous Victorian Northumberland Square with many of the stallholders dressed in Victorian costume adding to the atmosphere.
Northumberland Square, North Shields. December 8-9. www.victorianmarket.co.uk
Stockton Sparkles, Log Cabin Christmas Market
The popular log cabins will be back with live music and festive goodies including crafts, handmade soaps and jewellery. The cabins offer all kinds of inspiration from Chilli Oils, pastes and sauces to satin bags and scarves and quirky wooden signs and Christmas decorations.
Parish Church Gardens, Stockton. December 6-9, 10am-7pm (Thurs- Sat) and 10am-4pm (Sun). Free. www.stockton.gov.uk/ specialistmarkets.
Darlington Christingle Markets
Darlington will be holding a Christmas Spectacular on December 6-9 with stalls, music from TFM, a childrens fairground, brass bands and singing Santas. For a wider selection of gifts, check out the Christingle Markets which will have a huge array of stalls selling everything from jewellery, soft toys and luxury hampers to mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.
High Row, Prospect Place and Northgate, Darlington. December 13-20 (noon-8pm). Free