Winter is coming

It is hot, hot, hot in the UK recently so maybe we should think HO HO HO instead?

I know I know – it is way too early to be talking about Christmas, but trust me – time will fly until then! And how wonderful could it be, if you choose to spend it slightly different than usual? Why not treat yourself and spend the Winter holidays in true British style this year?

Here in the UK, we are big on the winter festivities! Think warm log fires, delicious hot drinks (including famous mulled wine), hearty meals, spiced desserts, cosy sweaters and plenty of activities that will easily put you into the merry spirit!

Christmas Markets in England
Christmas Markets in England


Shopping during that period is spoiling everyone with choice! High street shops, independent stores and boutique venues are inviting with magic decorations and rich stock. However, it is markets that steal hearts of many. Undoubtedly one of the most important part of the British Winter are Christmas Markets – these joyful fairs are always full of surprises! Oh, how do we love those markets!

The atmosphere is truly unique – colourful lights, festive decorations, Christmassy music and of course, markets themselves! Dozens or even hundreds of stalls with boutique and designer arts & crafts include everything you can think of. From paintings, jewellery, pottery or unique fashion, to gifts for all-ages and genders, toys, games, home and garden accessories and many, many more! It’s not just about Xmas decorations and cards – you can really find true gems here!

famous Mince Pies

And food & drink markets?! Oh, don’t even get me started on those… Inspired by cuisines from all around the world, simply thinking about it makes me hungry.

Sweet hot chocolate, warm waffles and cakes, marshmallows melting in your mouth, gingerbread cookies, mince pies, sticky toffee or brandy puddings, cinnamon rice puddings, mulled wine… And savoury? All types of cheeses, varieties of grilled or smoked meat, including pigs in blankets, roast turkey rolls, glazed hams, pies… And luckily, an array of vegan and vegetarian options too – all well spiced, heart and belly-warming! Yum!!! I can write about food forever…

Markets are usually held from mid-November until Christmas Eve / New Year’s – depending on the city, however it is best to check specific destinations before you plan it. Some of the most remarkable ones can be found in Bath, York and Stratford-upon-Avon in England or Edinburgh in Scotland.


Edinburgh Christmas


Usually connected and located close to the Christmas Markets, Winter Wonderlands are all about fun! They can be found in majority of big cities and often in smaller towns. Fairground attractions include rides, variety of games with lovely prizes, usually toys or coupons, Santa’s Grottos, live music or orchestras playing Christmassy music and carols; sometimes you can even find karaoke! I also love ice-skating! Riding on rink is the perfect festive activity to kick off your Winter Wonderland experience!

Our base location is in Cardiff and that Wonderland always melts my heart! The one in London however – is just wow! It is absolutely spectacular – fun and scary rides, igloo-like venues with ice sculptures, human circus shows, photobooths with themed background, and plenty, plenty of other activities to fulfil your day! London is a must!


Thornbury Castle, Christmas decorations


After a day of winter pursuits, imagine coming back to cosy, warm and a truly regal room overlooking meadows, rivers, lakes, woodlands or snow-capped mountains… With fireplaces roaring in main lounges, restaurants or your suite… The sound of piano or violin playing carols heard around the Castle… Great Halls, Drawing Rooms, Libraries and Chambers decorated with lights, Christmas trees and beautiful ornaments… The smell of food cooking in the kitchen…


Torridon Castle, Christmas Decorations

Afternoon Teas with leafy drinks, fresh homemade scones and delicious canapés… Treasure hunts, Christmas quizzes, performances, concerts, carol singers, even cookery classes… Five or six-course lunches and dinners of traditional dishes with a twist, incredible desserts, champagne, festive cocktails, favourite spirits prepared by award-winning chefs and bartenders – a true feast! All of that and more – the atmosphere in Castles is just magical! Special packages are designed to take all your worries away and make you feel like home simultaneously providing with luxury and warmth.


Again, I know it might be too early, but as they say and it’s true – the sooner, the better. Find out more in our Christmas blog post from 2016 and perhaps have a think about it while catching some sun, or if you don’t have sun, perhaps the autumn/wintery vibe will convince you even more to book your Winter/Christmas journey with us? We are looking forward to receive your enquiry about potential stay – whether it is self-drive, small group tour or rail journey – we will do our best to plan your perfect holiday celebrations!

Magdalena Glen

July 28, 2022

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