Looking for the best place to find some unique and handmade Christmas gifts? You could get all your shopping done in one weekend in Newark and Sherwood with five wonderful Christmas markets being held on 25/26 November 2017. Not only will there be an array of unique, hand-crafted products for sale, there will be music, singing, food and festivities to make shopping a most enjoyable experience.


Kelham Hall Christmas FayreChristmas Market, 25 & 26 November

25 & 26 November, 10:30am – 4pm daily

Entry fee: £5 adults/£2.50 children/£12.95 family/£4 concession

The historic Kelham Hall and Country Park will transform into a festive traditional market, offering shopping, entertainment and Christmas treats and eats. Visitors can collect a free hot chocolate on arrival and wander through the stalls while listening to Christmas carols or join in with a craft workshop to make their own special gifts. Santa’s Grotto can be booked on the day for an extra £8 per child, including a gift. Book your tickets here.


Newark Christmas Light Switch On EventChristmas lights in Newark Market Square

26 November, 11am – 10.30pm

Entry fee: None

This is a free event to kick off the festive season and turn on Newark’s fabulous free-standing canopy of Christmas lights. There will be live music, food, fireworks and a craft and charity market in Newark’s Market Square and Buttermarket throughout the day, in the lead up to the switch on event. Updates can be found here.


Rufford Abbey Christmas Craft MarketRufford Abbey

25 & 26 November, 11am – 4pm daily

Entry fee: None, parking charges of £3 per car apply

This two-day Christmas market will be a chance to shop for hand-crafted gifts and enjoy festive food and drink. There is also a chance to visit Santa’s Grotto, which is open every weekend from 18 November to 23 December. A grotto visit costs £5 per child and includes a gift. There is more information here.


Sherwood Forest Arts & Craft Centre Christmas WeekendChristmas star and tree at Sherwood Forest Arts & Craft Centre

25 & 26 November, 10am – 4pm daily

Entry fee: None. There is free parking at the centre

All the artist studios and the café will be open throughout this fun weekend, offering a wonderful choice of unique and handcrafted gifts and seasonal treats. Father Christmas will be on hand to meet and greet visitors (10am to 3.45pm) and there will be seasonal music from the Sherwood Forest Brass Band and carol singing. Visitors can also pop to Saint Mary’s Church, Edwinstowe, to visit the Christmas Tree Festival, which runs from 23 to 26 November. Plan your trip here.


Thoresby Courtyard WinterfestTableware at craft fair at Thoresby Courtyard

25 & 26 November, 10am – 4pm daily

Entry fee: Free entry and free parking

This event takes place in Thoresby Courtyard’s Victorian Riding Hall and will feature handmade items from local crafters and artists, including ceramics, prints, jewellery, crafted wooden items and children’s clothing. There will be a visit from Father Christmas and seasonal refreshments and activities for children. Find out more.



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