mYesterday my boyfriend and I travelled up to Winchester, we'd been planning to do it since early Autumn and I was super excited. Neither of us had been to Winchester before so I'll admit, when we got there we walked straight past the market and got rather lost and had to bust out Goodgle maps.
The market was held at the Cathedral so we were looking for a tall Spire like Salisbury has, but it turns out Winchester Cathedral doesn't have a tall spire, which explains why we couldn't find it. Anyway, skip forward to when we actually found it ... It was SO pretty! It was also extremely busy as it was the last Saturday that it's running this year, so it was very hard to snap decent pictures as everytime I stopped to get my camera out I got elbowed out the way, but I did get a few, which I'll leave at the bottom. There's something about a Christmas Market that I find so festive and soothing, despite the enormous crowds that keep pushing little people like me out their way. It's the warm colours, the sweet and cinnamony smells and the adorable huts that just bring out a smile. I love all the homemade wreaths with dried orange slices and hand knitted scarves dotted around the stalls. My boyfriend would argue that the food stalls are the best part of a Christmas market, and boy were we tempted by the delicious smells drifting past. Sadly we had to restrain ourselves as it was our annual Christmas meal with friends last night and we wanted to save ourselves for that. Some of the food stalls were absolutely gorgeous and rustic, a man was roasting marshmellows over an open fire for children and a woman serving hot Mulled wine from a cauldron, which made it feel extra magical with the Cathedral towering above us like Hogwarts. Sadly we decided not to get Mulled wine, neither of us have ever had it and we were both tempted but I don't drink and was worried I wouldn't like the taste, and Matt was cautious as he was driving. Maybe next year we'll share a cup.
There was also an Ice Rink in the middle of the market which looked great fun but Matt wasn't feeling it, and the line to get in literally ran around the whole rink so I decided it wasn't worth it, but it did look cute. I'm glad we managed to make it to the market because it was a really nice afternoon out, the weather was chilly but dry and no wind so it was quite comfortable, some people were actually walking around in shorts! Mad. The only thing I will say is that if you suffer from anxiety or you just don't like crowded areas then definitely try to go during the week because the weekends are chokkablocked! If I had gone on my own I probably wouldn't have stayed more than a few minutes.