For Christmas Shoppers, Bath is a Gift…
It’s easy to see why Bath is top of the list for the region’s Christmas shoppers, combining the festive Bath Christmas Market, with unusual gifts in independents alongside all the top high street brands, with a picture-perfect backdrop.
The Bath Christmas Market, from 28 November to 15 December, is a delightful treasure trove of over 150 traditional wooden chalets selling hand-crafted and unusual gifts. Set against the backdrop of Bath Abbey, this is the centrepiece of the magic of Christmas in Bath.
Bath has a charm of its own and positively sparkles in the festive season with the lights on historic Milsom Street. If you arrive on the Park & Ride bus in the morning (conveniently close to the Highgrove shop), you can plan a day out looking for gift ideas in independents like Bloomsbury or visiting popular brands in SouthGate such as the Apple Store, Urban Outfitters and My Small World.
If glittering gifts are on your list to Santa then check out one of Bath’s oldest independents, Mallory’s, or for something truly unique head to Jody Cory or Nicholas Wylde, both packed with gift ideas.
For a one-off bespoke present visit Liz Cox in Margaret’s Buildings to ‘create’ a designer handbag. Liz Cox is manufactured locally for Britain’s most desirable brands, and they now do ‘man bags’ too.
Milsom Place features many stylish gift shops and some great foodie options too. Carluccio’s offer a fabulous range of colourfully-packaged treats like the famous panettone; or spoil your host with a gift from the brand new chocolate shop Charlotte Brunswick, just around the corner from the Sally Lunn’s, the famous bun shop.
Looking for a practical present? Try Kitchens on Quiet Street, who stock everything from a Kitchenaid to cake decorations. Those who love pampering beauty products will surely love a gift from Champneys or Neal’s Yard.
We all know what hard work Christmas shopping can be, a spot of afternoon tea can be just the thing to reenergise a weary shopper! You might decide to relax even further, by extending your stay for a couple of hours of pamper time at Thermae Bath Spa, where the naturally heated thermal waters magically ease away all that angst.