WITH December now upon us and the Christmas spirit coming to life, a popular festive market is set to return to Wells later this month.

Over 100 market stalls will grace the Market Place and Bishop’s Palace Green on Saturday, December 16.

The event will be ideal for those behind on their Christmas shopping, as visitors will be able to browse a wide variety of unique gifts and seasonal food and drink.



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Somerset County Gazette: The market will be open from 9am until 3pm on Saturday, December 16

Jazz band The Grey Dogs, as well as trumpeter Martin, will also bring some live festive music to the event.

The lead member for communities, housing and culture at Somerset Council Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts and Wells Town Crier, Len Sweales will be beneath the Bishop's Eye on the day to give speeches and cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially declare the festive market open for business.

Cllr Smith-Roberts said: "I look forward to opening the Christmas market and welcoming visitors and locals to our beautiful city.

Somerset County Gazette: Wells town crier, Len Sweales, will take part in the ceremonial ribbon cutting beneath the Bishop's

"Our regular and seasonal traders are excited to greet shoppers with their products – let’s show our support to these small businesses by buying local.

"It’s a special time of year to spend with loved ones and we hope the market’s festive atmosphere creates precious memories for all. See you there."

The Christmas market is organised by the Mendip Markets team at the council.

The market will be open from 9am until 3pm.

To stay updated, follow @WellsChristmasMarket on Facebook and Instagram, or visit somerset.gov.uk/christmasinwells.