Shop local! 85% of Bath Christmas markets traders come from the South West

3 November 2017

It’s very nearly time! The Bath Christmas Markets 2017 officially open on Thursday 23rd November, running all the way up until the Sunday 10th December.

Bath residents are rightly proud of their celebrated festive markets, which were named Best Christmas Market 2016 by the Telegraph and also won Best Event at the prestigious Bath Life Awards 2017. Another claim to fame for this 200-stall strong market is that a huge 85% of its traders come from the local South West area, with many stalls selling the very best produce from Bath and surrounding areas. If you’re a fan of the Shop Local campaign, supporting this market is a great choice – and you can indulge in a little Bath Christmas shopping to boot!

2017’s best local stalls

The Christmas markets in Bath will this year feature a number of new traders, many of whom are selling Bath produce. Here’s our pick of some of the best local chalets and stalls to visit this year:

  • Langsford Preserves. Based in nearby Frome, the husband and wife team running Langsford Preserves will be offering their award-winning range of artisan preserves at this year’s Bath Christmas markets. The perfect stocking filler, or Christmas dinner accompaniment.  
  • The Leafy Tea Company. This former Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winning company offers ethically sourced tea from its Bath base, and from its Bath Street stall.
  • Article Bath. Normally based on Bartlett Street right next to the Assembly Rooms, the Article Bath stall at the Bath Christmas markets will be selling homemade candles and fresh floristry alongside gifts and cards from UK makers.
  • Em Rose Cakes. Pick up your Christmas cake from Em Rose Cakes, a local baker specialising in vegan and gluten free products.
  • Bath Botanics Gin Distillery. Calling all gin fans! Bath is famous for its gin, with a number of dedicated gin bars and distilleries popping up all over the city. This one is a small-batch distillery based on Prior Park Road and offering a select range of herbal elixirs, fruit gins and DIY gin making kits from its Christmas market stall.
  • The Print House. A small collective of local designers and printmakers spread across Bath, Frome and Bristol, creating unique cards, art and gifts from their studios.
  • Taste of Bath. This stall brings together artisan produce all sourced within 10 miles of Bath, packaging everything up into a beautifully dressed Christmas Bath Box.
  • Electric Bear Brewing Company. A craft brewery based in Bath, also known for its pop-up food and drink events, Electric Bear will be offering a wide range of IPAs, stouts, gift packs and more from its market stall on Bath Street.

Can’t wait to visit Bath at Christmas? Make sure you act fast to secure a snug bolthole for your festive break, as the city is filling up. Take a look at our fantastic selection of Bath self-catering apartments spread across the city centre (close to the Bath Christmas markets) as well as the leafy outskirts of the city.