Nothing marks the start of Christmas like a festive market and one of the best ways to visit these spectacular seasonal events is by train. First Great Western provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services to the towns and cities of these Christmas Markets and for information on travel visit: www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk
Here are First Great Western’s ten favourite places to visit this Christmas time:
Bath: 27 November – 14 December
The areas of the stunning Bath Abbey and the renowned Roman Baths are transformed into the one of the largest festive events in the UK with over 170 wooden chalets lining the streets offering handmade gifts, decorations, toys, food and drink.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares to Bath Spa: from London Paddington £17.80, from Cardiff Central £11.60, from Reading £12.80
Bristol: 7 November – 22 December
Situated in Broadmead in the heart of Bristol Shopping Quarter, this German Christmas market will have 38 chalets decorated with festive greenery and colourful lights, a Christmas nativity, giant advent calendar and beer gardens combined to create a festive atmosphere in the heart of the city centre shopping area.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares to Bristol Temple Meads: from London Paddington £17.80, from Cardiff Central £8.30, from Weymouth £17.50
Cardiff: 13 November – 23 December
This year celebrates 20 years of the Cardiff Christmas Market which is set in the heart of the pedestrian area of the city centre. There will be offerings from a wide selection of local, predominantly Welsh small businesses.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares to Cardiff Central: from London Paddington £22.20, from Bristol Temple Meads £8.30, from Swansea £8.70
Exeter: 20 November – 20 December
Held in the ground of Exeter Cathedral on Cathedral Green, stalls will offer unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items creating a real Christmas buzz in the heart of the city.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares to Exeter St Davids: from London Paddington £29.40, from Plymouth £8.90, from Westbury £12.20
Gloucester: 20 November – 23 November
A traditional Victorian Christmas Market which is bought to life with Dickensian characters, street entertainers and music whilst 150 stalls will be selling artisan crafts, fine food and drink and unique Christmas gifts. Situated in the Gloucester Quays and historic Victorian Docks.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares to Gloucester: from London Paddington £16.10, from Bristol Temple Meads £8.80, from Swindon £8.80
London: 21 December – 4 Jan
Hyde Park’s is full of Christmas spirit right in the centre of London. As well as a fantastic Christmas market there’s fairground rides, ice skating and grottos.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares: from Bristol Temple Meads and Bath £17.80, Cardiff Central £22.20, Oxford £7.20, Exeter £29.40, Gloucester £16.10
Oxford: 11 December – 21 December (Thursdays – Sundays)
Located right in the heart of Oxford on historic Broad Street, wooden stalls offer gifts, seasonal treats and delicious foods. Local choirs and bands will perform during the period.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares: from London Paddington £7.20, from Worcester £17.00, from Reading £9.90
Truro Victorian Christmas Market: 9 December – 14 December
Celebrating its 10th year, there will be over 65 traders most of which make their products themselves. The market is housed in a heated marquee at this six day market on Lemon Quay Piazza in the centre of the City.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares: from Plymouth £6.70, from Exeter St Davids £15.60, from Penzance £6.50
Plymouth: 14 December – 19 December
Plymouth’s Armada Way will be transformed into a bustling Winter Wonderland offering a variety of Christmas treats and gifts ranging from homemade arts and crafts to festive food and drink.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares: from Exeter to Plymouth from £8.90
Salisbury Christmas Market: 27 November – 20 December
The Christmas Market will be situated in a historic location in the centre of Salisbury with the 18th Century Guildhall and medieval houses forming a wonderful backdrop. The offerings will have a strong emphasis on local and British, or European produced goods.
First Great Western advanced purchase or off peak day return train fares: from Portsmouth £19.40, from Westbury £12.20