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New Wells Christmas market set for launch

A new Christmas market will take place in Wells this festive season, giving shoppers the ideal opportunity to pick up that last minute Christmas gift.

Snowy Wells Cathedral

Titled 'Extra Days of Christmas', the market is being targeted at shoppers across Mendip and those further afield who fancy doing that last bit of Christmas shopping in the beautiful city of Wells.

There will be around 100 stalls run by local traders offering a range of gifts and produce, including jewellery, hats, gloves, Polish sheep skin rugs, Moroccan gifts, glass wear, flowers, shrubs, handmade wooden boxes, soaps, leather bags, children's books and pet gifts.

A range of food and drink will also be on offer, including mulled cider and wine, cheese rounds, meat couture, organic beef, spicy sausages, a variety of breads, olives, coffee, cakes, fancy marshmallows, Scotch eggs, Christmas puddings, smoked pork, festive pies and pasties, orchard apples as well as Indian and Thai food.

There will be different food available on the different days of the market.

And if that wasn't enough to get you in the Christmas mood, there will also be music and carols.

The market will be situated in The Market Place in the centre of Wells and operate from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December, as well as 9am to 2pm on Christmas Eve.

There will be free parking in Mendip's car parks in Wells for the duration of the market (time limits will still apply).

The market has been launched by Mendip District Council, with support from Wells City Council, Wells Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace. This year's market is a trial, and will be an extension of the existing market, but if it proves successful it is hoped that it can become an annual event which will be built on for future years.

Cllr Nigel Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Community Health Services, said: "The Extra Days of Christmas market will be the ideal place to get that final bit of Christmas shopping done before the big day and will offer a range of independent gifts that you wouldn't necessarily find in high street shops.

"The market will have a festive feel, with Christmas music and seasonal refreshments available to help get shoppers in the Christmas mood.

"This is the first time we will have extended the market over the Christmas period in Wells and we would welcome feedback from visitors to let us know what worked and what they thought we could have done better. If it's a success, we hope that it can become an annual Christmas Market and be built on in future years."

If you have an interest in being part of this year's extended Wells market over the Christmas period there are still a limited number of commercial and food stalls available. Please call 0300 303 8588 and ask for the Senior Markets Officer or email OpAssetsContracts@mendip.gov.uk

For more information on the market go to Wells Christmas Market - 20th to 23rd December 2017