Christmas comes to Wells with a sustainable twist

As the last of the summer sunshine leaves us, are you planning those Christmas shopping dates? Be sure to pencil in a visit to Wells on 14 and 21 December to experience an extended festive market with a twist.

Christmas Market with Cathedral 2018 The regular Wells Saturday Market will host additional stalls to create a festive atmosphere in the historic city. The extended seasonal market will be located through the Bishop's Eye to the Bishop's Palace Green.

The market, organised by the Mendip Markets team, will feature seasonal stalls selling Christmas food and drink, gift ideas and seasonal fare providing something for everyone's Christmas shopping list. 

Music and entertainment will be taking place on both dates in December helping to get those visiting Wells and the market in the Christmas spirit.

Following on from the councils Climate Change Emergency pledge made earlier this year, the market will focus on sustainability with traders offering ethical items as well as tips and ideas at both markets to help shoppers have an ethical and guilt free Christmas.

Working with the local community, the Mendip Markets team are creating a festive Christmas archway at the Bishop's Eye, some made from recycled plastic bottles. The Mendip Markets team are also hoping to hold a number of community days in Wells in the lead up to the market offering people the chance to be involved with creating Christmas decorations from waste and recycling items.

Cllr Nick Cottle, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, said; ''Following feedback from the previous Wells Christmas Markets, the team have worked hard to revise the format this year.

"The Wells at Christmas format is a different offering to previous years. By extending the regular market into the Bishop's Palace Green we've connected the centre of Wells to the Palace. The new layout also gives the Wells Christmas Market the opportunity to grow over future years.

Christmas Stalls in Wells 2018 ''This collaborative approach to Christmas by working with local community groups is a great way to enhance the Christmas offering in the City of Wells."

There will be around 90 stalls at the normal market and then a further 30-40 stalls in the extended Christmas market in the Bishop's Palace Green. The markets will be open from 9am-4pm on the 14 and 21 December.

Stay up to date with the market by following the Facebook and Instagram pages at @WellsChristmasMarket.

If you would like to trade at this year's markets please visit the website and register your interest on the Christmas Market Webpage or email the Mendip Markets team on markets@mendip.gov.uk