13 places to get a delicious taste of Christmas at markets and fairs

Wales
Get a taste of the festive season and spice up your Christmas shopping

Feel the need for a taste of the festive season as you shop? Here is Gusto’s guide to some of the best Christmas markets and fairs in Wales.

ABERGAVENNY

Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair December 14 – see my separate blog on this event with all the details you need here.

ABERGLASNEY

Aberglasney Winter Fair, Camarthenshire, December 4 to 6, Friday 2.00pm – 6.00pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4.30pm.

The site will be transformed into a ‘Winter Wonderland’ and Christmas shopper’s paradise, with almost 100 stalls selling gifts, crafts, decorations and fine food.There will also be entertainment ranging from traditional choirs to silver bands who will perform across the weekend. Aberglasney Gardens’ restored grade II* listed mansion will be filled with stalls as will a large marquee on the North Lawn in front of the mansion itself.  A separate fine food marquee gives you the opportunity to stock up on all your festive favourites with some of the regions very best producers exhibiting again this year. As well as a range of food outlets for ‘on the go’ eating Aberglasney’s Tearooms ‘MaryEllen’s’ will have a special menu. 

Admission prices:
£8.00 Adult/OAP
£4.00 Children (5 – 16, under 5’s Free)
£20.00 Family Ticket *2 Adults + 2 Children
….with a complimentary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie for all visitors.

ANGLESEY

Plas Newydd Christmas food and craft fair, December 6 and 7. Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens at Llanfairpwll will play host to 60 stalls from 11am to 4pm. Entry costs £1 per adult, and 50p per child.

BLACKWOOD

Blackwood Christmas Market December 17. Stalls, entertainment and funfair rides will take over the town centre.

BUILTH WELLS

Royal Welsh Winter Fair November 30 and December 1 at The Showground, Llanelwedd. Alongside the judging of livestock, poultry and horses in the main indoor arenas, and the judging of floral art, produce and handicrafts in the South Glamorgan Hall, will be the cream of the food crop from Wales.
The Food Hall will offer the best of Welsh produce, and there will be a Christmas Farmers’ Market offering stalls with food and drink to take home, and a warming mulled wine.

Admission Prices

Single day tickets Advanced – Pre Show Gate Price
Adult £ 12.00 £ 14.00
Children (5-16 yrs) £ 5.00 £ 5.00
Children 4 years and under FREE
Two day tickets Advanced – Pre Show
Gate Price
Adult £ 22.00 £ 26.00

CARDIFF

Christmas Market November 12 to December 23 – see my separate blog on this, with a full list of stalls, here.

Winter Wonderland November 12 to January 3. Revellers looking for a taste of the festive season after their skating at the site outside City Hall and the National Museum of Wales can visit the new Bierkeller Bar to sample a gluhwein or beer. The catering area’s chalet units will serve treats including German sausages cooked on a traditional swing grill and freshly made crepes.

Opening times:

Until 21st December:
Monday to Friday:  11am – 10pm
Saturdays: 9:45 am – 10pm
Sundays: 9:45 am – 8:45pm
 From 21st December 
 Monday to Sunday: 9:45 am – 10pm
Christmas Eve: 9:45am – 8:45pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 11am – 6:15pm
New Year’s Eve: 9:45am – 12:30am 

For ticket prices for the attractions including skating click here.

CAERPHILLY

Caerphilly Christmas Fair December 12 and 13 in the town centre and castle. More than 100 traders will descend on the town, along with activities and entertainment for the family. Enter the castle to discover a medieval castle dressed for the occasion, where you can enjoy entertainment as well as the chance to see Father Christmas and his sleigh. On the Saturday, there will be a real life reindeer.

Refreshments will be available, including a tea room, a hog roast, mulled wine and minced pies.

The castle is open between 9.30am and 5pm

Castle Entry Prices
Adult – £5.50
Family – £16.50*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.10
Member – Free
Disabled and companion – Free

*Admits 2 adults and all children under 16

All children under 5 receive free entry.

HAY ON WYE

Hay Festive Market November 14. There will be stalls at the Butter Market selling Christmas gifts alongside the best local vegetables, game, preserves and chutneys, and breads.

LLANDUDNO

Llandudno Christmas Fayre November 19 to November 22 in Madoc Street and Trinity Square.

This market has 140 food and craft stalls including continental foods and cooking demonstrations using local produce every day. Last year, it attracted 30,000 visitors in four days. Great Orme Brewery of Llandudno will be hosting a bar serving 10 local beers on draft.

Exhibitors will include:

Edwards of Conwy

Blas Ar Fwyd

Pant Du Vineyard

Kat’s Candy Carts of Conwy

Wild Horse Brewing Company

Goetre Farm Preserves

Snowdonia Cheese Company

Foel Farm Anglesey farmhouse chocs

Marshside Teas

LLANERCHAERON, CEREDIGION

Llanerchaeron Christmas Fair December 6 and 7, 11am to 4pm. There will be more than 70 local food and craft stalls. The John Nash villa at Ciliau Aeron will be decorated for Christmas, there will be a visit from Father Christmas and a treasure hunt for the children.

SWANSEA

Christmas Markets November 25 to December 22. Oxford Street. Market Opening Times – Monday to Saturday – 9.30am to 5.30pm; Sunday – 10.00am to 5.00pm. Stalls offering arts, crafts, handmade gifts, fine foods, speciality products, unique Christmas decorations and festive essentials .Foodies can soak up the atmosphere while sipping a glass of mulled wine and keep warm and well fed with a hearty hog roast, crepes and hot turkey rolls.  Entertainment will be scheduled throughout the duration of the market.

Waterfront Winterland –  November 13 to January 3. Museum Park, in the grounds of the National Waterfront Museum, is transformed for the 10th year into Waterfront Winterland. Enjoy ice skating on the Admiral ice rink and children’s rink; visit Santa’s Grotto, experience the festive family funfair, taste delicious food from the Alpine dining cabins and returning for 2015, the Big Wheel.

Opening Times

Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Monday to Friday: (until 18 Dec) 12 noon – 10.00pm
Monday to Friday: (from 21 Dec – 3 Jan) 10.00am – 10.00pm
Christmas Eve: 10.00am – 7.00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day: 12 noon – 7.00pm
New Year’s Eve: 10.00am – 10.00pm
New Year’s Day: 12 noon – 7.00pm

*On all days  – the last skate is 1 hour prior to the advertised closing time

TENBY

Carew Castle Christmas Fayre December 7. There will be stalls including local produce, jewellery, textiles, confectionery, knitware, memorabilia, and local artwork. There will also be face painting and a chance to meet Santa in his grotto. Normal entry fee will include a mince pie.

WREXHAM

Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market, December 10, noon to 8pm. There will be 80 stalls selling a selection of festive treats and gifts, at St Giles’ Parish Church and Church Street. There will be crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, unique gifts and stocking fillers alongside delicious hot food and drinks, including tasty mulled wine and hot smoked sausages. The event is free.

Get the taste for Swansea’s Big Food and Drink Festival

Swansea Big Food and Drink Festival
Jean Christophe Novelli

This weekend’s Big Swansea Food and Drink Festival is a feast of an event – with jams, gins, chef demonstrations, and entertainment.

Michelin-starred chef Jean Christophe Novelli heads up the demonstrations on offer, while producers include Avlaki Superb Organic Olive Oils, Big Fish Trading, and The Handmade Sausage Company.

An adult day pass for the event at Brangwyn Hall is £5, or £8 for the weekend, Under 12s go free.

Cooking live stage:

SATURDAY

11.30PM – CHEFS FROM THE MARRIOTT SWANSEA

1PM – JEAN CHRISTOPHE NOVELLI SHOW 1

2.30PM – CHEFS FROM THE SOSBAN RESTAURANT LLANELLI

3.45PM – JEAN CHRISTOPHE NOVELLI SHOW 2

SUNDAY

11.30PM – CHEFS FROM THE MARRIOTT SWANSEA

1PM – JEAN CHRISTOPHE NOVELLI EXTENDED SHOW

3.45PM – CHEFS FROM VERVE 37 UPLANDS SWANSEA

Suppliers:

Aerona

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

American Street Food

Location: Outside, Street Food

Authentically Welsh

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Avlaki Superb Organic Olive Oils

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Babitas Spiced Deli

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Bee Fruitful

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Bespoke Brewing Co

Location: Inside, Drinks Hall

Big Fish Trading

Location: Inside, Craft Hall

Bland’s Ciders

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Celtic Spirit Company

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Chantler Teas

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Coco Bean

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

CPH Jewellery

Location: Inside, Craft Hall

Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits

Location: Inside, Brangwn Hall

Crafty Devil Brewing Co

Location: Inside, drinks hall

Crafty Dog Cymru

Location: Inside, Brangwn Hall

Creamers Crafts

Location: Inside, Craft Hall

Creative Kitchen Caterers

Location: Outside, Street Food

Cwm Rhondda Ales

Location: Inside, drinks hall

Dinky Doughnuts

Location: Outside, Street Food

Dogs Trust

Location: Inside, craft hall

Dusty Knuckle Pizza

Location: Outside, Street Food

Fancy That! Bakery

Location: Inside, Brangwyn hall

Field Bar Wines

Location: Inside, drinks hall

Forever Living

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Glamorgan Vale Hog Roast

Location: Outside, Street Food

Gluten Free Uprising

Location: inside, Brangwyn Hall

Goetre Farm Preserves

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Gourmet Game Natural Game

Location: Inside, Brangwyn hall

Gower Cottage Brownies

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Gypsy Jazz

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

The Nest

Location: Inside, craft hall

Jean Christophe Novelli

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

JR Catering

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Lilos Pasta

Location: Outside, Street Food

Little Black Hen

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Little Valley Bakery

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Lolo’s Ice Pan

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Maison Crepe

Location: Outside, Street Food

Marriott

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Miss Daisy’s Kitchen

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Mk’s Food

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Morgans Brew Tea

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Mountain View Ice Cream & Milkshakes

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Mr Nice Pie

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Mr Olives

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

My Own Curry

Location: inside, Brangwyn Hall

My Sweet Creations

Location: inside, Brangwyn Hall

Old Granary Pierogi

Location: Outside, Street Food

Oscars Kitchen

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Pieroth Wines

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Ragsy

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Seasons Farm Foods

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Siramik

Location: Inside, craft hall

Snowdonia Cheese

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Sosban

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Sunset Ocean Designs

Location: Inside, Craft Hall

Swansea Recycling Team

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Taste Of Persia

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

The Celt Experience

Location: Outside, Street Food

The Gluten-Free Baking Company ltd

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

The Handmade Sausage Company

Location: Outside, Street Food

The Unique Handbag Shop

Location: Inside, craft hall

Toloja Orchards

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Trioni

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Ty Siriol Welsh Pork

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Usbourne Books

Location: Inside, craft hall

Varsity Coffee

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Verve37

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Village Table Co

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

Wiltshire Chilli Farm

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall

4si Heath LTD, Saladmaster UK & Ireland

Location: Inside, George Hall

Cyfle I Dyfi

Location: Inside, craft hall

Pop Cycle

Location: Inside, Brangwyn Hall