Wells Christmas Market to return for 2017

Following the overwhelming success of last year’s pilot market, Mendip District Council, working in partnership with Wells City Council, Wells Cathedral, The Bishop’s Palace, and local businesses are pleased to announce that a Christmas market will return to Wells this year.

Wells Cathedral. Photo Credit: Tom Tookey Photography- www.tomtookey.co.uk

The market will open on Wednesday 20 December and run until Saturday 23 December from 9am to 4pm each day.

Situated in The Market Place at the heart of Wells there will be more than 100 traders offering a range of gifts and produce ideal for that special Christmas present.

A range of food and drink will also be on offer, including mulled cider, cheeses, organic beef, spicy sausages, a variety of breads, cakes, Christmas puddings, festive pies and pasties, as well as Turkey & Cranberry rolls, Indian and Thai food.

And if that wasn’t enough to get you in the Christmas mood, there will also be music and Christmas carols.  If any local organisations, clubs and schools would like to play a part in the market in some way, for example musical groups or performers we would very much like to hear from you: [email protected].

There will be free parking in Mendip’s car parks in Wells for the duration of the market (time limits will still apply).

Cllr Nigel Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Community Health Services, said: “Last year’s Wells Christmas Market was a massive success, so I’m pleased to be able to confirm that the market will be returning again this year.

“Hundreds of people attended last year’s market to get that final bit of Christmas shopping done before the big day and pick up that individual gift that you wouldn’t necessarily find in big high street shops.

“Once again the market will have its very own festive feel and this year we have a number of wooden chalets to really give it that wintery look and Christmas feel, along with Christmas music and seasonal refreshments to help get shoppers in the Christmas mood, and Father Christmas will also be making an appearance and handing out a piece of fruit or sweet treat to all children.  We look forward to seeing many of you there.”

There are still a limited number of commercial and food stalls available, so if you want to be part of this year’s Christmas market contact the council on 0300 303 8588 and ask for the Senior Markets Officer or email [email protected].

For information on local car parks and how to get to Wells by public transport, go to http://www.mendip.gov.uk/wellschristmasmarket