What’s On: Christmas Markets Offer 2017
The evocative smell of wood-smoke drifts in the air and the shop windows twinkle with Christmas lights…’tis the season to be jolly!
In the run up to Christmas it can be all too easy to let the To-Do list become a rod for your own back, leaving you feeling frazzled and run down.
What better antidote to all that stress than a winter break in beautiful West Wales to relax, recharge, and enjoy some crowd-free shopping at some of the many Christmas Markets in our area.
PLUS we’re offering 10% OFF all breaks of 3 nights or more taken between 16th November – 17th December 2017.*
We’re fortunate to have numerous Christmas Markets held locally with a multitude of artisan foods, crafts, arts and gifts available to purchase, as well as good food and fabulous settings to get you in the festive spirit.
Then after a fun day’s shopping you can pamper yourself and enjoy our indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym, private Hot Tub (Meadow Cottage and Croft House only) followed by a cosy evening in your cottage by the wood-burner.
Here’s a selection of some of our most popular Christmas Markets near us here in West Wales:
Winter Fair at Colby Woodland Garden (18th & 19th Nov 10am-4pm)
There will be a range of stalls offering local art, craft and homemade goods at the Winter Fair, with free entry and no booking needed. How about combining it with a winter walk around the beautiful Walled Garden and Woodlands of this National Trust property? (More details on their website)
Picton Castle Victorian Christmas Fair (18th & 19th Nov 10am – 5pm)
Step back in time and browse over 60 stalls in corridors, staterooms and surrounding buildings of this 13th Century Castle as it is transformed into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise. Choose from a huge range of gifts including handmade toys, crafted candles, local cheeses, funky jewellery and ceramics – there’s something for everyone, as well as cookery demonstrations and live music provided by Penfro Minstrels and The Salvation Army Brass Band. Entry is £7 for adults, £4 for children and includes entrance to the Castle plus a complimentary seasonal drink. (More details on their website)
The Coach House Visitor Centre & St Dogmaels Abbey Christmas Fair (26th Nov, 11am – 4pm)
Set next to the atmospheric Abbey ruins this Christmas Fair is always popular. There will be a variety of gift stalls, mulled cider and tasty homemade food and festive music. There are two free Lantern Decorating Workshops at the Church Hall ready for the Lantern Parade through the village at 4.30pm, followed by the switch-on of the village lights at 5pm. (More details on their website)
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village Christmas Fayre (26th Nov 11am-4pm)
Enjoy the unique setting of this reconstructed Iron Age Hill Fort at their festive fayre. Make your own greeting cards, gifts, wreaths and decorations, visit Santa in his grotto, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and tuck into mulled wine and mince pies in the Cafe. Free entry and parking, with some additional charges for activities. (More details on their Facebook Page)
Llanerchaeron Christmas Fayre (2nd & 3rd Dec, 11am-4pm)
See how the Georgians lived and celebrated Christmas and soak up the elegance of this National Trust owned Villa near Aberaeron which also has extensive farm buildings, walled kitchen garden, woodland walks (including wheelchair and pushchair friendly routes) and a lake, as well as the service courtyard with dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house.
Their Christmas Fayre promises a weekend of local food and craft stalls, traditional decorations and Father Christmas in attendance! £4 per adult, NT members and children free. (More details on their website)
Cardigan Castle Christmas Fair (2nd & 3rd Dec 10am – 4pm)
Kick off Cardigan’s Festive Fortnight with the Castle’s Christmas Fair, with 55 stalls including local food, crafts and unique gifts, festive music, tasty food from the cafe, and a special visit from Santa Claus. £2 for adults, free for accompanied children. (More details on their website)
Cardigan Late Night Shopping and Winter Giant Lantern Parade (8th Dec, 6pm – 8.30pm)
Beat the crowds and enjoy everything Cardigan has to offer with late night Christmas shopping in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. With arts, crafts, local producers and makers, and numerous independent shops you’re sure to find just the right gifts. Look out for mince pies, sherry and street music too! This coincides with the spectacular Winter Lantern Parade from 7pm, with hundreds of lanterns to light up the town, ending with a firework display over the river Teifi.
For full details of everything on during Cardigan’s Festive Fortnight check out the Creative Cardigan website.
If you like the thought of having a relaxing winter break with us at Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages you get the best of all worlds….stress-free festive shopping for the perfect gifts, crisp winter walks at our local sandy beaches and the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and some indulgent ‘me-time’ enjoying our indoor heated pool, sauna, gym, and cosy nights snuggled up by the wood-burner.
For more information about our 10 luxury self-catering cottages, late availability offers and our 10% OFF offer* do get in touch with us on 01239 615179 or check out our Look and Book page.
*This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.
(Lantern Parade image credit: Cambrian News )