Changes being made to Christmas Market
THERE will be a different format for this year’s Wells Christmas Market.
Instead of a four-day event in the week before Christmas, Wells Saturday Market will host additional stalls on December 14 and December 21 to create a festive atmosphere in the city.
The special seasonal market will be located through the Bishop’s Eye on the Bishop’s Palace Green.
Organised by the Mendip Markets team, the market will feature stalls selling Christmas food and drink, gift ideas and seasonal fare.
Music and entertainment will take place on both dates in December to help get shoppers into the Christmas spirit.
Following on from Mendip District Council’s Climate Change Emergency pledge made earlier this year, the market will focus on sustainability, with traders offering ethical items as well as tips and ideas to help shoppers have an ethical and guilt-free Christmas.
Working with the local community and Wake Up Wells, the Mendip Markets team are creating a festive Christmas archway at the Palace Eye made from recycled plastic bottles. They are also hoping to hold a number of community days in Wells in the lead up to the markets to offer people the chance to be involved with creating Christmas decorations from waste and recycling items.
Councillor Nick Cottle, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, said: ‘‘Following feedback from the previous Wells Christmas Markets the team have worked hard to revise the format this year.
“The Wells at Christmas format is a different offering to previous years. By extending the regular market into the Bishop’s Palace Green we’ve connected the centre of Wells to the Palace. The new layout also gives the Wells Christmas Market the opportunity to grow over future years. This collaborative approach to Christmas by working with local community groups is a great way to enhance the Christmas offering in the City of Wells.”
There will be around 90 stalls at the normal market and then a further 30 to 40 stalls in the extended Christmas market on the Bishop’s Palace Green. The markets will be open from 9am-4pm on December 14 and 21.
Anyone who would like to trade at this year’s markets is invited to visit the website www.mendip.gov.uk/wellsmarket and register their interest, or email the Mendip Markets team on firstname.lastname@example.org