Not a fan of Christmas shopping? Build it into a relaxing break using our guide to the best local markets and craft fayres near our forest locations.
A traditional Christmas begins with the Christmas shopping. If that's not your idea of fun, this year, make the experience special and the presents unique by combining your shopping with a relaxing break. Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas market - mulled wine, mince pies and carols carrying on the wintry air. Then, come home to a cosy cabin in the forest and wrap your presents in the glow of a wood-burning stove, before sinking into a hot tub beneath the stars for a festive glass of bubbly. We’ve found the markets and fayres for you; just choose your location, book your cabin, and enjoy.
1. Fowey Christmas Market, from 9 – 11 December is one of the best in Cornwall. Enjoy local Cornish food, drink, and crafts on the Town Quay, and in the Town Hall you'll find lots of perfect Christmas gifts from handmade cushions and slate clocks to local watercolour prints. Just 30 minutes from a cosy cabin at Deerpark.
2. Closer to your cabin in Deerpark, catch the magic of Christmas in the pretty harbour town of Looe at the BIG Festive Weekend from 2 – 4 December. Watch the Christmas lights switch-on, follow the lantern procession and browse the Christmas market for local produce and handmade Christmas gifts.
3. Stay at Blackwood Forest and you have one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe on your doorstep. Winchester Christmas Market runs from 18 November to 20 December and it's full of Christmas gifts that you won't find on the high street, with an emphasis on British crafts. The atmosphere is helped along by delicious foods, heart-warming drinks, carol singing and outdoor ice skating. Best of all, we are offering our guests a tour of Winchester Cathedral and Christmas Market with free transport included. You can reserve tickets when you book your Blackwood Forest cabin.