If you’re from the south-west then you’ve definitely heard of the Bath Christmas Market! Having worked in Bath for two years, it was the bane of my life trying to get to and from work during the Christmas period. However, it is incredible and is definitely worth a visit. I went to the market for the first time in 2016, just before a trip to my first Festival of Lights, it is massive and you can easily get lost! As a travel blogger, I knew I had to write about the Bath Christmas Markets and some other must-see places on a visit.
Sweet Little Things
My friends and I knew we wanted to take a very festive trip to Bath and enjoy the markets and explore somewhere new. Even though I lived in Bristol for four years and worked in Bath for two, I rarely ventured into the centre of Bath and it is such a stunning city. Parking is a bit of a pain in Bath and we knew we wanted a few drinks so got the bus from Bristol.
As soon as we arrived in Bath we headed to Sweet Little Things, a cute café with a featured floral wall. If you know me, follow me on Instagram or have read my blog before, you’ll know I’m obsessed with a floral café and this was top of the list as soon as we started planning our Bath trip. It’s a very small place and we waited around ten minutes for a table, I follow them on Instagram and have been admiring their pancakes for a while. I opted for a stack of Nutella pancakes with maple syrup and a latte, they were both delicious! I usually go for savoury food when I’m out, but I am SO glad I decided on the pancakes, I mean just look at them…
Bath Christmas Market
After an obligatory Primark trip, we started exploring the market! There honestly is so much to see and it gets incredibly busy on the weekends, with craft ciders to handmade jewellery to carved goods, you could spend days wondering through the markets. The market is a great place to pick up some unique Christmas gifts, my dad is really hard to buy for but he also enjoys a good cider, like me! I picked up a pack of three craft ciders made in Bristol for £10.
One thing you’ll learn about me is that I usually plan my trips around food, and I’m glad my friends also do the same. When I went to the market two years ago there were these incredible sausage rolls, so we hunted them out again and picked up a few!
It’s Christmas and it wouldn’t be right without something mulled, if you like mulled wine, mulled cider or mulled gin, you’re in luck! There are plenty of places to stop and get yourself in the festive spirit. And If you’re peckish they have plenty of food choices, from mac ‘n’ cheese to hog roasts and churros to pancakes, there is something for everyone.
The Apres bar is a must stop on your visit, it gets really busy so you may have to stand round, we all got a cider and sat outside with some cosy blankets!
I’ve heard so much about Absurd Bird and knew on our trip we had to make a visit. There’s nothing like fried chicken and cocktails! It was 241 on cocktails so obviously, we all had to have two each, choosing Kentucky Barn Dance and Hen Night.
All opting for a chicken burger, we decided to get some dirty fries, normal fries and mac ‘n’ cheese to share, I don’t know if the hype was as good as I expected, but I did enjoy the food and the drinks, and even made a second visit to the Exeter branch the week after.
After our meal, we popped into Cosy Club for one before getting the short train back to Bristol, I obviously went for a mulled cider and it lived up to expectations! Bath is an incredible city and is the perfect place to visit any time of year, we’re already planning another trip where it’s less busy and we can go to the Roman Baths, the spa and visit a few of the cute little quirky bars all-round the city. Have you been to Bath before? Leave me some of your favourite places to visit!