With Christmas fast approaching we thought it would be good to give you a few ideas of a quick trip somewhere different but not too far from home to spend a weekend or a night just enjoying the Christmas atmosphere and markets near the coast.

Here are a few popular places to visit in the next couple of weeks in the South of England.

1.  Bournemouth Christmas Festival

15 November – 24 December

This year Bournemouth has gone all out to bring you a festive extravaganza of chalets, decorations, lights, music, entertainment and special features like a traditional German BBQ offering three different types of sausage, roasted chestnuts and crepes.

In addition, they’ve added an Alpine Bar with beer garden, carol singing, DJ, entertainment, talent show and karaoke, choirs, bands and dancing!  Why not take the family down to Bournemouth for a short break as we know, one day is never enough in this vibrant town.

For more info on this market please visit:  http:www.bournemouthchristmasmarkets.com

2.  Cardiff Bay Waterfront Christmas Market

7 December – 9 December

This is a real weekend treat!  Cardiff Bay is famous for its waterfront and historic buildings. This weekend promises a cornucopia of arts and crafts, food and drink, music and entertainment and if the market isn’t enough then take in one of the many attractions in the area like the Red Dragon Centre, Mermaid Quay or Cardiff Bay Barrage.

3.  Totnes Medieval Christmas Market

4 December – 18 December

Totnes hosts its late night shopping and market events annual and they attract thousands of people into the medieval high street where they can Christmas shop at the many stalls for gifts, food and drink.

The nice thing about Totnes Christmas Market is that they get the shops to stay open really late on these nights too so, if you’re still struggling to find that perfect gift you can pop into the independent shops after trawling the 50 plus stalls!  Don’t forget to visit the famous Totnes Castle while you’re there!

4.  Truro Victorian Christmas Market

11 December – 16 December

This event is in its eighth year with over 70 traders providing every kind of Xmas gift you can think of.  It’s a great day out on the Lemon Quay Piazza with all the stall holders dressed up in Victorian costumes, nibbles to sample, music to sing along to and just exquisite crafts and art on display.  There’s an award for the best dressed stall, a large cafe to rest up at in between shopping and street theatre entertainment in the marquee. Check opening times at their website.

Lamorna Cottage sleeps 4 and is well kitted out for a weekend stay as is The Carnon Premier Inn!

Click here for more detail on the Victorian Market

5.  Isle of Wight Dickensian Christmas Market

1 December – 23 December

Now here’s an opportunity for a fabulous weekend away to do the Christmas Shopping!

The Isle of Wight have finally created a shopping experience during the festive season! It had to happen. We hear it will offer a bustling atmosphere, wonderful gifts, sights, sounds and much, much more.

There are beautiful trading cabins and an authentic purpose built indoor Dickensian High Street, an open air synthetic skating rink, Santa’s Grotto and a heated outdoor garden to make it just that much more exciting!

Book the ferry and have a surprise weekend with the family to shop and enjoy the many treats on offer like the traditional hog roasts, German bratwurst, hot chocolate and fully licensed bar, live music and the unique indoor Dickensian High street’s shops.

If you do decide to stay overnight have a look at our ‘Things to do’ page.  You won’t be bored!