Salisbury Christmas Market, Salisbury

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Review of "Salisbury Christmas Market, Salisbury"

published 19/12/2016 | LiveMusicLoverLyn
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Pro Lots of interesting and varied stalls, not too packed, location, location and location
Cons Not ideal for children, roads can get busy at times
Is it worth visiting?
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Family Friendly

"~ An International Medieval Treat ~ Salisbury Christmas Market ~"

***Salisbury Christmas Market***

Before moving to Somerset, I lived on the Wiltshire border with Dorset and Salisbury was our nearest big shopping location. Not only is Salisbury a beautiful historic city with a fabulous cathedral dating back to 1220 and lovely quirky medieval streets, but it is also home to a great market, that takes place in Market Square and really comes into its own in the run up to Christmas with special Christmas markets running all day and into the evening on some days that this year takes place between Thursday 24th November-Sunday 18th December. 2016 sees the 5th year of the special Christmas markets that will hopefully run for many more.


The ancient city of Salisbury is steeped in history and although the city is in Wiltshire it lies within shouting distance of both Dorset and Hampshire and is just a few miles away from other places such as Royal Wooten Bassett; Blandford Forum and has strong links to Stonehenge just 9 miles away.

Salisbury is an easy drive from London of approximately an hour and three quarters and a little over an hour from the ports of Poole, Portsmouth and Southampton.

***Getting There:***

Car: The main roads to Salisbury are the A36, A30 and A354 as well as many other “A” and “B” roads. Indeed if you look at Salisbury on a map it looks not like the centre of a spiders web but like a crack in glass with all the roads going out from Salisbury as the central location.

Train: Salisbury has a main line train station (Waterloo) and the station is an easy walk to the market. Trains to and from London are frequent, but the last train down is sadly quite early. The travel time is a respectable 90 minutes.

Public Transport: Check from your locality, but there are special buses and coaches laid on for the Christmas Market.

Parking wise, the city has several car parks and has a continuing scheme of park and ride locations based on some old military land.

***Where to Stay:***

I’d recommend staying at Little Hazels B&B at nearby Tisbury and the hosts there will happily drive you to and from Tisbury station for the short train ride into Salisbury. Tel 01747 870906 to book in advance which is recommended.

***Market Opening Hours:***

Monday-Wednesday 10am-6pm
Late night shopping on Thursdays 10am-8pm
Friday and Saturday 10am-6.30pm
Sunday 10am-4pm


Where we park we approach by passing some modern chain stores and the contrast as we turn the corner into the square is therefore quite breathtaking.

The stallholders have taken trouble to put up twinkly lights as have the local authority and the picture is quite a treat to behold.

A major advantage here to is that unlike Bath that is so packed you are pulled along in the crowd as if caught in a meandering river, here the stalls were busy in a steady way, the crowds ebbed and flowed and there is a feeling of a relaxed comfortable atmosphere to the place. Time to look, time to think and time to take it all in and more importantly time to talk to the stallholders and make your purchases.

The stalls are a mixture of the usual market traders, local food producers, artisan crafters and some foreign traders bringing a hint of France, Belgium and Peru as well as other countries to Wiltshire.

I love to support local traders, even if I am not a local myself, there is something special about buying something made or grown in the vicinity, yet one trader I was talking to was from Nottingham (nowhere near Salisbury). It was nice to see Lucy’s Farm there – Lucy is a local artist specialising in lovely humorous cow prints, but she also paints dogs, horses and so on. Also Sherborne farmers wife Alice Wood Designs selling her wonderful sheepskin products. Lotty Loo from nearby Tisbury selling handmade, decorations, jewellery and so on. Mad Lou Publishing and Titan Leather crafts both from Hampshire and many, many more. . . Birmingham Cosmetics brand Eness where there and I have bought a few items to try and hopefully review later as well as some as gifts.

There is a good selection of charity stalls too and I enjoyed browsing the convent made products at a convent stall raising fund stop help homeless people and rescue orphaned children, I think it was from Turkey. I recall another charity stall was from Nepal. Local charities supported included Salisbury Women’s Refuge, Dogs Trust, Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and many other local and national charities.

There are stalls selling pottery, fashion, gifts and much, much more, there really is something for everyone and apart from the cost of parking entry is free.


Eating is easy the medieval lanes that surround the square are packed with not only further artisan and antique shops, but cafes and restaurants to suit every taste and pocket. There is a stall selling lovely smelling crepes and Charter 1227 Restaurant brought their food to the market with a stall to compliment their first floor restaurant that overlooks the market and another stall selling South African Street Food. There really is something for all.

***Child Friendly:***

There is not really much here for children to do and there is a risk they will get bored. However, this is a great place to buy for children, so leave them with someone else, maybe link in with a romantic getaway or go with another family and take turns to visit the market child free.


Whilst my review is too late for the year I am writing in, I have visited this market two or three times now and highly recommend it as a splendid place to visit and find some unusual and frequently unique gifts. Salisbury does have several hotels, pubs and B&B’s of its own, but I have recommended one that I know and know that I can wholeheartedly recommend to you. As a city break location Salisbury does have a lot to offer and in the lead up to Christmas this market adds to the ambience and pleasure of a visit.



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  • koshkha published 28/12/2016
    E from me/
  • catsholiday published 20/12/2016
    Great review
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Product Information : Salisbury Christmas Market, Salisbury

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Festival/Fair, Market

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Type: Market, Festival/Fair

Country: England

Continent: Europe

City: Salisbury

County: Wiltshire


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