Bath’s annual Christmas Market won’t now be extended to 25 days this year.
VisitBath – who organise the 18 day event – are confirming the dates for this year’s market will be 23rd November – 10th December.
Following consideration of the feedback received after an extensive consultation period, the decision has been taken to submit an application for an 18 day Christmas Market, rather than the original proposal of a 25 day event.
This year, plans submitted for approval by Bath and North East Somerset Council include an extended footprint and a range of visitor and community destination programmes/events in Walcot Street, Queen Square and Kingsmead Square.
David James, Chief Executive of VisitBath says; “It was clear from the feedback that there is a desire to make the market more family friendly, and, spread out the geography to ensure that the benefits are felt more widely across the city.
Whilst we cannot deliver all of this in one go because of costs, we will be exploring opportunities to deliver a city wide event to introduce a wider range of benefits. “
James continues, “A full review of the developments will be conducted in 2019, before concluding whether it is viable to run with only 18 days based on the requirement of a wider spread of footfall and more benefits. We may need to reconsider an extension to 25 days to ensure the Markets success.”
Meanwhile, construction work in Abbey Courtyard – as part of Bath Abbey’s Footprint Project – and emergency repairs in York Street – are going to affect the layout of this year’s many stalls which will be looking to expand to other parts of the city.
Because of the Abbey Footprint workings the market will not be able to use Kingston Parade and is looking at spreading the footprint further encouraging visitors to explore more of Bath.
This is likely to be achieved be achieved by relocating stalls to Southgate Street, Union Square and Hot Bath Street.