The week’s leading up to Christmas are so jam packed with Christmas Markets that it’s impossible to enjoy them all – much as we’d like to. You have to pick carefully and then you’ll have your favourites that you can return to year after year.
Last year I was quite busy selling cakes and cupcakes at the Markets. Barry was my stalwart companion and co-conspirator. We battled the crowds in Llandudno, waded through Storm Desmond in Portmeirion, spent a surprisingly warm evening in Coleg Llandrillo with Mingle for Business, and fended off the chill blanes in Wrexham.
It was all good fun though. We made some great friends and contacts, enjoyed the camaraderie of the seasoned market traders, and learned some top tips about how to stay warm and dry in the most trying of circumstances.
This year we have signed up for a Christmas Fayre at Llandudno Town Hall with Mingle for Business tomorrow and we’re looking forward to it immensely. We’ll be there with our cupcakes and treats as well as helping the Mingle team with the planning.
This of course leaves us with considerable options of which fayres to attend as relaxed, warm and unstressed customers.
Where else would we make our first stop but Beaumaris. One of my favourite happy places . The Beaumaris Victorian Christmas Market is always held on the first weekend of Advent and it’s such a lovely occasion
We arrived about 3pm and headed straight for the free parking which is a huge benefit in itself. It’s sometimes not easy to find a convenient parking space in the town especially on a busy day.
Market stalls selling crafts and gifts were spread out in little groups around the town alongside seasonal food sellers with flaggons of hot mulled wine. Traditional victorian organ grinders were on every corner to entertain the considerable crowds. We smiled at the thought of victorian folk singing along to “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus is coming to town”.
We were treated to a local ladies choir singing traditional carols on the corner of Beaumaris castle. Traditional words, beautiful harmonies, right up my street.
Of course any trip of Beaumaris is not complete without a visit to Janet Bell Gallery. Only today we could hardly get inside the shop for the crowds. It was lovely to see Janet’s beaming but slightly exhausted face peering out from behind the counter. We managed to squeeze our way round and buy a few more gifts including something gorgeous for my favourite sister.
The view across the Menai Straits from Beaumaris is hard to describe.We sat on a beachfront bench with hot cups of fruity mulled wine from the Pier Head Cafe drinking in the last rays of the evening sun before heading to the Victorian parade through the High Street.
What a lovely evening and a great start to Advent.
See you soon