Markets

Memorable places to buy your souvenirs are bustling, typically English Saturday markets held in a pretty town square. As red and white bunting flutters in the breeze, local vendors will be out in force selling everything from hand-made jewellery to wooden toys and organic toiletries. Take a trip to Sunday markets or flea markets, perhaps hidden under impressive railway arches, to unearth antiques and rare furniture, vintage postcards and curious items of memorabilia. Don’t forget to take a spare suitcase to carry home all your treasures.

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Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Bath is fast becoming a shopper’s paradise – so join the fun and grab yourself a bargain.

Location: Bath, Somerset

World heritage sites
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Stay in John Betjeman’s old home

Stay in John Betjeman’s old home

If you’re planning a weekend in London why not swap the same old hotel for something with a bit more history?

Location: London

Unique Experiences
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Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

A traditional Christmas card scene is recreated in Nottingham's Old Market Square every winter – the perfect place to get into the festival spirit.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Family
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Eat away your Saturday morning at Borough Market

Eat away your Saturday morning at Borough Market

Spend your Friday or Saturday morning browsing high quality produce from around the world at this famous market.

Location: London, Greater London

Budget
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Tavistock Farmers' Market

Tavistock Farmers' Market

Food is serious business in Tavistock: on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, the central Bedford Square jumps into life.

Location: Tavistock, Devon

Low cost
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Sample local treats at Bents Garden and Home

Sample local treats at Bents Garden and Home

Spend an afternoon sampling delicious local treats, tour the beautiful gardens and try a workshop. Everything you need for beautiful living.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

Food markets
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Enjoy a boutique shopping break in Bath

Enjoy a boutique shopping break in Bath

Bath has a huge number of independent and luxury shops packed into a walkable area, making it a pleasurable place to shop.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Shopping and fashion
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Meet your food heroes at the Big Eat Weekend

Meet your food heroes at the Big Eat Weekend

If you’ve got a taste for Thai or a craving for cupcakes, get down to the Big Eat Weekend and get your fill of Newcastle’s best street food.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Food and Drink
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Find something dazzling in Europe’s largest jewellery quarter

Find something dazzling in Europe’s largest jewellery quarter

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in Europe.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Shopping and fashion
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Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Have a Teutonic shopping experience, and don't miss the Glüwein!

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Low cost
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Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Celebrate the Cornish fishing community’s hard work and delicious produce at the Newlyn Fish Festival.

Location: Newlyn, Cornwall

Coast
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Embrace the pop-up dining trend at Trinity Kitchen

Embrace the pop-up dining trend at Trinity Kitchen

Take your pick from a mix of vibrant restaurants and street food vans all under one roof.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Food markets
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Keep it local at the village market

Keep it local at the village market

It’s pretty as a picture in Hovingham, and prettier still on the first Saturday of each month when local growers and artisans set up stall.

Location: Hovingham, North Yorkshire

Food markets
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Take a trip to Ludlow Food Centre

Take a trip to Ludlow Food Centre

A farm shop like no other, Ludlow Food Centre is situated in Shropshire’s gastronomic capital of Ludlow.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Regional specialities
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 Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

The first written record of a market in Norwich is in the 1086 Domesday Book - that’s quite a history of wheeling and dealing.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Historic sites and icons
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Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Meander through the covered walkways and explore all this historical market has to offer.

Location: London, Greater London

Markets
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Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

It’s a case of food, glorious food at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival but don’t miss out on the chance to learn about local produce too.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

Coast
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Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Feeling hungry? Eat and drink your way around one of the UK’s biggest food festivals.

Location: Oxford South Parks, Oxfordshire

Food and Drink
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Enjoy a taste of Lincolnshire in Lincoln’s Castle Square

Enjoy a taste of Lincolnshire in Lincoln’s Castle Square

Meet local food producers, try something new and take home a taste of Lincolnshire at the Lincoln Farmers’ Market in the historic Castle Square.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Food markets
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Discover the Lanes and North Laine

Discover the Lanes and North Laine

The Lanes were originally the centre of the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Shopping and fashion

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