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Post by dbroada on Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:09 pm

about this time last year Paulmold posted this link, http://www.christmasmarkets.com/location/UK/ and I thought I would post it again.

We haven't decided where to go this year but Manchester looks good. Has anybody got anything to say about the Manchester Christmas Market(s)?


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Post by Paulmold on Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:11 pm

Thanks for digging that out. I think we are going to Winchester again (tying in with visit to sister in Eastleigh.)

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Post by dbroada on Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:12 am

We went to Winchester last year but being vanless we went by train and stayed in a hotel. Manchester is a long way so we will also be looking closer to home for our first market with a van.

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Post by TravelKat on Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:46 am

We've been to the Manchester market, but it's a long time ago.  Contemplating going again, but not for another couple of weeks.

We have been to the Birmingham market about 3 yers ago, and stayed at Chapel Lane CC site.   It's a busride to get into the centre, busstop right outside the site.  Coming back we got a different bus, and got off near the roundabout; it's then about a 10 minute walk back.  It's quite a big market there, we enjoyed it.

Lincoln is another one we've been to, stayed on a C&CC CS, but can't remember the name at the moment.  Again, a busride into the centre, enjoyed that one too, but a very steep climb up!
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Post by roli on Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:51 am

The Manchester one is big and busy with plenty to look at.  Been to Lincoln in the past and would go again.    We are going to see what the Birmingham one is like this year

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Post by harrysp on Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:42 pm

I live in the Manchester area and, like most local calls, we avoid them.  The market stalls are now in several locations in the city centre, but I find many stalls are duplicated, a large percentage sell hot takeaway food and drinks, and many are incredibly expensive. When it first began it was charming but I now feel this has disappeared. They are a thriving tourist attraction though, and the city centre will be very busy over the coming weeks.

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Post by groundhog on Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:54 pm

Bath is pretty good but we are going to Bristol for the first time this year on 08th December via Sussex.... slightly out of our way as we live in Cornwall!
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Post by Greyhound on Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:59 pm

harrysp wrote:The market stalls are now in several locations in the city centre, but I find many stalls are duplicated, a large percentage sell hot takeaway food and drinks, and many are incredibly expensive. When it first began it was charming but I now feel this has disappeared.

I find them pretty disappointing too.  Generally people selling tat and trying to rip you off.

I was in Basel last year for work and it was the first day of the markets so I popped down to take a look.  So much better seeing the real thing done properly.
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Post by Paulmold on Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:01 pm

We're going to have a look at the Llandudno one this weekend, it's only a 3 day one though.

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Post by dbroada on Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:24 pm

Noggin wrote:
harrysp wrote:The market stalls are now in several locations in the city centre, but I find many stalls are duplicated, a large percentage sell hot takeaway food and drinks, and many are incredibly expensive. When it first began it was charming but I now feel this has disappeared.

I find them pretty disappointing too.  Generally people selling tat and trying to rip you off.

I was in Basel last year for work and it was the first day of the markets so I popped down to take a look.  So much better seeing the real thing done properly.
Yes, our first one was a charming town in Germany, Rheda Wiedenbruk and nothing has lived up to its atmosphere. However we still love visiting the Christmas markets, it being a good excuse to visit new cities and drink more Gluwein.

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Post by TravelKat on Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:53 pm

We too have been to several Xmas markets in Germany and I agree that the atmosphere over there somehow seems better than over here.  Some of the smaller ones, such as Lemgo, Hameln and Remagen we particularly enjoyed.
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Post by logburner on Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:23 pm

Hi Noggin,
I'm thinking Basel, where is Basel ? Can't find it in my AA book......
Then saw following posts.......Ah!! Passports.... hugegrins ran out 20+ years past, in our youth Whistle1
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Post by Greyhound on Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:58 am

logburner wrote: Hi Noggin,
I'm thinking Basel, where is Basel ?  Can't find it in my AA book......
Then saw following posts.......Ah!!  Passports.... hugegrins   ran out 20+ years past, in our youth Whistle1

:)

Yes it's in Switzerland, right at the top on the French/German border, but very German in nature. Was a lovely place.

I must admit I can't get my head around the Gluwein though, not my cup of tea at all. Although I found a drink called Bombardino that I'd never had before which I have since found out is Italian in origin - it's a mix of hot advocaat and brandy with cream on top. Not good for the cholesterol but tastes great :)
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Post by TravelKat on Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:26 am

Noggin wrote: 


I must admit I can't get my head around the Gluwein though, not my cup of tea at all. 

Have you tried the Gluhwein with either amaretto or rum?  That's lovely!!!
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Post by dbroada on Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:23 pm

TravelKat wrote:
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I must admit I can't get my head around the Gluwein though, not my cup of tea at all. 

Have you tried the Gluhwein with either amaretto or rum?  That's lovely!!!
cold cheerz! all confused

I'm not a lover of amaretto but I agree about the rum. Snow, gluhwein, brqttie and pommes. Sorted.  allthumbz

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Post by Traficlady on Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:04 pm

York was brilliant last year.

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Post by TravelKat on Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:31 pm

Traficlady wrote:York was brilliant last year.

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Thanks for that; we're booked into York CC site for 4 nights early December.  Been to York before but not in December, looking forward to it.

On a different note: after York we're going to Grassington.  Looks like they've changed the days of their Dickensian market.  It used to be the 3 weekends before Xmas, now it looks like it's the first 2 weekends in December, with a programme of entertainment for the week in between, see here: Dickensian Festival
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Post by dbroada on Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:24 pm

We have realised our diaries are a bit fuller than expected so we have abandoned the idea of driving to Manchester and are now going to Birmingham by train instead! This will allow us to get our "first winter night" locally a bit further in to December.

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Post by NORGIL on Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:25 pm

The Birmingham markets last year had quite a few stalls. from my perspective mostly selling tat, but the reason we won't be going this year is the number of stalls selling alcohol of various types. On the day we went, by early afternoon there were several groups who were obviously the worse for wear and somewhat raucous which made the atmosphere feel quite unpleasant.

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Post by dbroada on Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:32 pm

NORGIL wrote:The Birmingham markets last year had quite a few stalls. from my perspective mostly selling tat, but the reason we won't be going this year is the number of stalls selling alcohol of various types. On the day we went, by early afternoon there were several groups who were obviously the worse for wear and somewhat raucous which made the atmosphere feel quite unpleasant.

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Thanks for that. We are actually booked in to a Wetherspoon's hotel so that could be raucous too.

Interestingly the only noticeable excess alcohol consumption we witnessed in our real German market was the brass band. As the night went on their playing got more & more "interesting". They always started together amd mostly finished together. It was the bit in between.......

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Post by TravelKat on Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:36 pm

NORGIL wrote:The Birmingham markets last year had quite a few stalls. from my perspective mostly selling tat, but the reason we won't be going this year is the number of stalls selling alcohol of various types. On the day we went, by early afternoon there were several groups who were obviously the worse for wear and somewhat raucous which made the atmosphere feel quite unpleasant.

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That's something we've never seen in Germany.  We've been 3 or 4 times to a number of them, both in small towns and big cities.  Whatever time of afternoon or evening, people there seem to meet up and stand in groups, talking and enjoying their drinks, but we've never seen anyone the worse for wear or raucous as a result.  At lunchtime we've seen what are obviously office-type people in their smart suits, partaking of food and drink; wonder how they went on at work in the afternoon though!
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Post by logburner on Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:39 pm

TravelKat wrote:
Traficlady wrote:York was brilliant last year.

Nora
Thanks for that; we're booked into York CC site for 4 nights early December.  Been to York before but not in December, looking forward to it.

On a different note: after York we're going to Grassington.  Looks like they've changed the days of their Dickensian market.  It used to be the 3 weekends before Xmas, now it looks like it's the first 2 weekends in December, with a programme of entertainment for the week in between, see here: Dickensian Festival

Are you camping at Grassington ? content
If so, where abouts is good for staying ? scratch head
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Post by TravelKat on Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:18 am

logburner wrote:


Are you camping at Grassington ?        content
If so, where abouts is good for staying ?      scratch head
                                                     Ian.
Yes, we're staying at the Caravan Club site.  It's not actually in Grassington itself, but from the site it's about half an hour's walk into Grassington.
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Post by logburner on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:45 pm

Ah ha !! Oops, not in the CC. shrugg
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Post by Dave 418 on Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:56 pm

We are going to York next week. We are thinking of staying at York Caravan Park just off the ring road. We can then catch the bus into York. Management has just reminded me we are staying Thursday and Friday night to give us all day Friday at the St Nicholas fair.
 We have done the German Christmas markets including a Rhine cruise. The cruise finished in Kolne. I think there were five markets and an ice ring. The biggest was in the cathedral area. By the end of the week we were addicted to Gluewine in any flavour. drinksallround
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