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Find the Christmas Spirit with Group Stays

The Group Stays team have shortlisted their favourite Christmas markets for you. Being the kind and considerate people they are they have also listed a few of their favourite places to stop and rest those weary legs!

Who remembers the line from the Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street? You do? Great.

‘I believe…..’

This is such a familiar term at this time of year. We want children to believe, we want to believe in new beginnings, to believe in good cheer, to believe in doing things for others to make them happy. We want to believe in something at this time of year regardless of our thoughts about Father Christmas or the religious aspect of Christmas. So go in search of some festive cheer in the lead up to the holiday and start to ‘believe’.

Exeter Christmas Market

Running from the 19th November to the 19th December this features stalls under the watchful eye of the beautiful Cathedral building. Stroll around looking at the range of food and gifts from around the world.

Nearby Properties: Wayside, Culmbridge House

Places to Rest:


Why not try Bills for a spot of lunch – a busy and quirky restaurant situated a 5 minute walk from the Cathedral. Child friendly with lovely staff this is a great place and you may even pick up a few presents from their in-store shop!

The Fat Pig 

A regular haunt for some of our office members The Fat Pig is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Fore Street. A smokehouse and Brewery they are passionate about locally sourced produce. Open in the evenings during the week and all day at weekends you can be sure that you will be served a fantastic pint, be in good eclectic company and you may not want to leave!

Bath Christmas Market

Featuring 170 chalets throughout Bath this Christmas market is SERIOUS! 80% of stalls are from the local area and 76% are handmade products. It really is an artisan delight. Running everyday from the 26th November – 13th December you may need more than one day to fit it all in! From gingerbread house kits to Somerset lavender you’ll be sure to find a few gifts for loved ones.

Nearby Properties: Henfield Barn, 

Places to Rest:

The Porter 

Situated in a large townhouse there are meeting rooms, dining rooms, cocktail bars and even accommodation here! A real home from home.

The Great Stone Baker 

If you haven’t got the time to stop then grab a bite on the go. Stop at chalet A and pick up a slow cooked pork bun. Produced from local Somerset pork and fresh buns why not have a mulled cider to go with it?!


Gloucester Christmas Market

A Victorian Festive Treat! From the 19th – 22nd November it features more than 200 stalls in the historical dock area of Gloucester.  Toys, homeware and food there is something for everyone. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells as you leisurely wander around.

Nearby Properties: Whitehaven, Viney Hill

Places to rest:


This Mexican feel restaurant has a colourful scene. Put your feet up for a delicious and leisurely lunch or pop in for a cocktail the choice is yours.

Toby Carvery 

If you’re on a tight schedule, the kids are hungry and you need a break then head on over to Toby! Quick stop, a few roast potatoes and some proper gravy and you’ll be raring to shop ‘till you drop!


Edinburgh takes the festive period really seriously, we think there is Christmas Spirit aplenty in Edinburgh. Markets, ice skating, Santa land and even a children’s market there is something for everyone. From the 20th November until 4th January why not take a ride on the big wheel and learn about the history of this fantastic city. The Scottish market adds something a little different and showcases the best craft, food and drink that Scotland has to offer.

Place to Rest:


If you are looking for class and sophistication and a cocktail or two then look no further than the Boutique Tigerlily. Emily's ultimate Edinburgh venue is is a busy place to eat and drink in a stylish setting. Opt for Emily’s drink of choice Champagne or Helen’s choice of a Manhattan. Get the glad rags on and party the night away!

We hope that has enticed you to get out and experience these markets for yourself. Soak up the atmosphere and shout I BELIEVE at the top of your voices! Let us know how you get on.