Christmas markets and winter fairs

Waddesdon Manor Christmas fair at night

Step into a world of festive delights at one of our Christmas markets or winter fairs during November and December. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the season in inspiring surroundings near you, and find unique, high-quality gifts for family and friends.

As well as being a great day out for all the family, by coming along to one of our Christmas markets you’ll also be helping us to carry on looking after special places for everyone to enjoy.

Woman browsing Christmas gifts

Castle Drogo, Devon 

8 & 9 December 2018

Do you always find yourself in a last-minute scramble to get Christmas presents for your loved ones? This year, beat the Christmas rush and enjoy a leisurely shopping experience at Castle Drogo. The castle will be decked out in full seasonal splendour, and there’ll be a variety of stalls selling local specialist crafts and unique gifts.

Visitors walking in the snow at the market

Castle Ward, County Down 

24 & 25 November 2018

Start your festive season with a visit to Castle Ward’s Christmas craft fair, set against the backdrop of this spectacular eighteenth-century mansion. Meet some of Northern Ireland’s leading artists and makers from the world of textiles, ceramics and jewellery, find the perfect bespoke gift for that special person and even have a go yourself with some hands-on demonstrations to inspire you.

Christmas, crafts, shopping

Dudmaston, Shropshire 

24 & 25 November 2018

Escape the high street this Christmas, and do your festive shopping at the Dudmaston Christmas Craft Fair instead. The orchard and courtyards will play host to over 70 local artists, food producers and talented craftspeople who'll be selling a whole range of goodies – so you’re sure to find the perfect gift. With seasonal crafts to try and the chance to join in with some carolling, there's plenty to get you into the festive spirit.

Christmas market stall

Ickworth, Suffolk 

17 & 18 November 2018

The March Hare Collective is a vibrant group of talented artists and craftspeople who come together from all over East Anglia. Every item is beautifully handmade with skill and care. Perfect pieces for any home, or to give as beautiful gifts if you can bear to part with them. The Christmas fair is an ideal opportunity to shop, talk to local designers and makers about their work and discover how they turn their designs into reality.

November fairs at Knightshayes

Knightshayes, Devon 

Craft & gift fair, 16–8 November 2018
Food and drink fair, 24 & 25 November 2018

This year the Knightshayes Christmas fairs will be brimming over with stalls, featuring the best local artisan craftspeople and producers. Come along to find everything from sheepskins and handmade jewellery to locally-brewed beer and delicious food.

Christmas Lights on outside Christmas tree Lavenham Guildhall Lavenham

Lavenham Village, Suffolk 

7–9 December 2018

The quaint village of Lavenham is the perfect place to help you get into the festive spirit – especially if you head along to the village Christmas Fair. Aim for the Guildhall at the centre of the village, which will be filled with stalls offering an array of lovely handmade items, gifts and crafts as well as lots of local food and drink. Little ones will love heading upstairs to the craft area, where they can get stuck in making a mess with a range of children’s activities.

Visitors enjoying a Christmas market

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion 

1 & 2 December 2018

The Llanerchaeron Christmas Fair is back and it’s bigger and better than ever before. Soak up the magic of the festive season and enjoy a great day’s shopping with over 70 local food and craft stalls. With mince pies, mulled wine and a special visit from Father Christmas it’s sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Family looking at a large decorated Christmas tree

Ormesby Hall, North Yorkshire 

18 November 2018

Whether you’re just starting your Christmas shopping or collecting the last few bits and pieces, Ormesby Hall is a great place to find special gifts for your loved ones. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere in the marquee, browse the stalls for festive gifts and sample tasty delights of food suppliers from across the region.

The Palladian Bridge at Stowe covered in snow.

Stowe, Buckinghamshire  

12 November–16 December 2018

If the thought of battling the high street doesn’t appeal, try Christmas shopping at Stowe instead. A select group of local stallholders that will switch every few days will be back this year to present their homemade and traditional products for sale in the historic Parlour Rooms at New Inn, a former coaching inn on the estate. There’ll also be music, carol singers and warming drinks every weekend – the perfect start to the festive season.

Christmas Market at Tattershall Castle

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire 

17 & 18 November 2018

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Visit Tattershall Castle to find unique presents and stocking fillers, all hand-produced by local craftspeople and food suppliers. There will be around 50 stalls selling a variety of crafts and produce ranging from artisan breads and various flavours of fudge to scented candles and Christmas decorations. Grab a mince pie, slurp some mulled wine and browse to your heart’s content.

Christmas fair at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire 

10 November–16 December 2018

Waddesdon’s Christmas Fair features more than 80 exhibitors housed in wooden chalets in front of the spectacular manor. They’ll be selling a range of high-quality gifts and decorations – the perfect presents for your loved ones. As dusk falls you can enjoy a light trail around the Aviary gardens or see the Manor façade bathed in colour, with a glass of mulled wine (or other beverage of choice) in hand.