Bath's Christmas Market offers a wide range of original crafts and goods by independent retailers, trading from European-style, wooden Christmas chalets. Baths Christmas lights, the smell of mulled wine and pine needles, all make for a festive atmosphere, along with a lively program of street entertainment.
Annually, usually from around third week in November to the second week in December.
Monday to Wednesday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
What to buy: Over 140 traditional wooden chalets sell unique, handmade and unusual gifts, cards, decorations, and locally produced food and drink.
What to pay: Various
Paxton and Whitfield are a small but prestigous cheesemongers with shops in London, Stratford-on-Avon and here in Bath. Here quality is very much the watchword and the company only deals with artisanal cheesemakers here in the UK and on the continent.
With its Royal Warrants, dating back to Queen Victoria, the shops might be thought to pander excusively to the rich but here in Bath you'll get a friendly welcome from the knowledgeable staff who'll be as happy to sort you a pre-purchase nibble when looking for something for your picnic sandwiches as they are to supply a cheeseboard for a banquet.
Yep, nice shop, great smelly atmosphere and above all a wonderful address!!!
What to buy: Cheese!
What to pay: Not the cheapest in town but definitely the best!
If you want the shortest route between the Grand Parade to the High Street (or vice versa) you can pop through the Guildhall Market. This may be the shortest distance but the distractions of the eclectic mix of market stalls will mean it becomes a much longer trip timewise.
There's stalls for us foodies, including a really good Delicatessen, a second-hand bookseller/buyer who is great for part-exchanging your read holiday reading, a couple of useful electrical, hardwear and haberdashery stalls, a reasonably priced little cafe where you can have a city centre Bath Bun for the half the price of those at the more touristy cafes, and several other interesting little stalls.
Well worth taking your time in this little shortcut.
Bath's city centre has some great shops, ranging from the individual specialists such as Paxton and Whitfield Cheesemongers to branches of most major High Street chains. For a different shopping experience though follow Walcot Street out of the centre towards London Road.
Here you'll find all sorts of interesting little alternative shops and services. There's junk shops and antiques, computer specialists (sales and repairs), second-hand clothes and books, designer furniture and hand-crafted pottery and much more. Thrown-in are a sprinkle of fast food takeaways, a couple of restaurants and the Bell pub.
Lively little street and well worth a wander.
Figurine galore, from regualar figurines to swarovski crystals art, to teddy bears to necklaces. This it the gift shop for those who wants to take home something elegant.
The store is really close to Bath Abbey and Roman Baths, just a few minutes away.
It's worth a checking out.
What to buy: I don't know. I didn't buy anything here, I'm neither a neckace girl nor am i a figurine girl. Although I do love swarovski, it's just expensive. :)
What to pay: From 15 pounds to 200 pounds. They sell really expensive figurines.
Gives you a reason to visit Pulteney Bridge!
Make a stop and buy some souvenirs, or toys, etc.
What to buy: I don't know, here take a pick out of the list.
Here are some of the stuff they sell on the store.
Keyrings, Fridge Magnets
Lighters, Playing Cards
Snow domes, Mouse mats,
Mugs, Shot Glasses,
Money Boxes, Jigsaw Puzzles,
Resin Scenes, Resin Figures,
Flags, Scale Models,
Wallets, Boxer Shorts
Luggage Tags, Socks,
Cameras, Film & Batteries, and Umbrellas
What to pay: 5 to 100 pounds, depends how much of a spender you are.
Wherever you are shopping in Bath, the Ocean Pearl is the perfect place for a spot of lunch. This is an excellent Chinese restaurant, at the top of the Podium Shopping Centre, and has large windows overlooking the river and Pulteney Bridge. It has a huge buffet of Chinese food and you can eat as much as you like. There are plenty of good shops close by, like Habitat, Gap, and Waitrose.
What to pay: Around £7 at lunchtime for an adult, much more in the evening
An old traditional style pharmacists shop.
The window is packed full of goods from a byegone age. Cut throat razors and sharpening strips, badger shaving brushes, bristle hair brushes, colognes, soaps etc.
The shop is run by a friendly Indian family.
Inside, the shop is crammed full of toiletries and pharmaceuticals.
The shelving and cupboards are traditional, with glass apothacary jars etc.
Old fashioned colognes and bath products are prominant, with a some more modern familiar names.
What to buy: Traditional shaving products
Good Quality brushes
Old English colognes/eau de toilettes etc.
What to pay: From a pound upwards!
Well, I only pressed my nose upto the window, and would have loved to have ventured inside. My visa card was twitching, but my sensible head was imagining the letters my bank manager would have taken delight in sending me!!!!
Some lovely clothes and accessories in the window. Also lots of press cuttings/photos of celebreties wearing clothes from this shop. Apparently its a favourite retail therapy post for Dame Judy Dench, who buys a few outfits whenever she's in the vicinity. Their leather belts are also regularly featured in the glossies, worn by Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss etc.
Besides clothes and belts, there are some great necklets etc.
What to buy: Designer clothing
What to pay: Pheewww..should imagine quite a lot!
This shop caught my eye as its such an unusual gift idea. What you do is purchase one of the many attractive bottles they have in store (even a shoe for the ladies), then select what you wish to fill it with be it oil, vinegar or liqueur. When the product has run out you can take your bottle back to the store & refill it.
This is quite an incredible shop, everything is made from recyclable waste and it is a splurge of colours as you walk in the shop. Juice pack pencil case, bubble wrap bags, recycled paper, glass jewellery etc. I bought some little painted papermache varnished containers to put earrings in.
I believe strongly in recycling and this shop aims to make people more aware to make the earth more green so do support them.
i haven't been to Bath for a while, but i love shopping in Bath, there are many boutique shops hidden away down little side streets, as well as a large inside shopping center (i think), as well as the outside ones, and many nice individual shops... The streets are a lot cleaner than in a lot of other cities.. it is just an all round nice city to visit and go shopping!! I much prefer shopping in Bath to other cities such as London or Bristol..LOVE IT!!!!!! :)
Do you remember when you were able to buy sweets by the quarter, chosen from the large array of sweets displayed in their own jars? This sweet shop is Just how it used to be. A great nostalgic visit, and you can satisfy your sweet tooth with all those sweets that you used to eat when you were a kid!
While strolling the main stopping district in Bath we came upon a store which had the most mouth watering pieces of brightly colored and oddly shaped candies and sweets in its window. Upon closer inspection, the candies turned out to be soaps...big chunks of soap... of all kinds of colors and descriptions.
Mrs. Birchy was beside herself. Birchy was bored out of his skull after about five minutes of browsing. Anyway, we came away with a suitcase full of soaps which we transported across the Atlantic. Then we find out there are Lush stores in America, too
What to buy: Bath soaps of all descriptions...fizzing bath soaps, oils, lotions... all with the most imaginative names
What to pay: Can't remember, but to Mrs. B cost was no object.
The outlet is situated in the old railway depot at Swindon. The decor is very much railway oriented, engines and other items.
There are so many shops :
Next, Burberry, Pink, Bookends,Vyella, Alexon, TK Maxx, Marks and Spencers to name but a few.
There is a large food court with different fast food counters.
Also beside the food, there is a large area for household articles.
There is a play area for children too.
Some good bargains can be had.
What to buy: Clothes
What to pay: less than High Street prices