Festive fun at Oundle Christmas Market

Last year's Oundle Christmas Market
Last year's Oundle Christmas Market

Oundle will be holding a Christmas market again this year following the success a similar venture last year.

Oundle Food Festival will once again be joining Oundle Town Council to fill the market place with more than 60 stalls selling a diverse range of Christmas food, gifts and crafts – everything you need from cards and decorations to charcuterie and cakes.

Starting at midday on Saturday, December 6, the fun will last all afternoon until 7pm with the town’s Christmas lights turned on at 6pm.

Be prepared for a merry experience as Father Christmas will be joined by some of his reindeer in the grotto, there will be a whole host of choirs, a fire-juggling stilt-walker, children’s fairground rides, and Yarwell and Nassington Brass Band.

Masses of mulled wine and mince pies and other street food delicacies will keep you warm.

With a park and ride service running into the market place and the town’s fabulous independent shops and cafes open for late night shopping, there is plenty of opportunity to relax, soak up the atmosphere and to find that ‘perfect’ gift.

Oundle is one of a growing list of towns and cities across the UK which organises a Christmas market for friends and locals to meet up on a cold winter’s evening, enjoy traditional entertainment and to stock up on delicious Christmas goodies.

Often thought of as being predominantly German, Christmas markets were, in fact, very popular in the UK until Oliver Cromwell banned the celebration of Christmas altogether.

Thankfully times have moved on and Oundle Christmas Market is set to be a truly memorable highlight of the Christmas season.

Organiser Alison Newcomb said: “Last year’s market was so popular we’ve decided to do it all again.

“It was such a wonderful afternoon with so many different stallholders, there’s definitely something to appeal to everyone.”

Keep an eye on the website for details.