Advertising Feature - Seasonal Delights

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), December 6, 2005 | Go to article overview

Advertising Feature - Seasonal Delights


Whether you want to buy local produce, decorations and gifts or simply enjoy some mulled wine and carol singing, there will be plenty of family Christmas markets taking place throughout the region this December.

North Shields Victorian Christmas Market is one of the highlights of the festive season on Tyneside.

Over this weekend, December 10 and 11, the town's Victorian Northumberland Square will once again be transformed into a winter market.

Jolly stallholders will be selling traditional foodstuffs, crafts and gifts, while seasonal music and the smell of mulled wine drifts over the square in the still winter air.

Many of the stallholders will dress in period costume and the scene is completed by members of the local Chamber of Trade in their Victorian finery mingling with the shoppers. The weekend begins with a short carol service on the bandstand at 10am on the Saturday to which all are welcome.

After dark the sparkling lights from the Christmas tree and bandstand add a romantic touch to the scene perfectly complementing the songs of carol singers and other entertainers.

There will be a small fairground featuring a Victorian carousel and a large Ferris wheel, and on-site catering. Local churches and the town's library throw open their doors for the weekend.

North Shields is easily accessibly by the Tyne & Wear Metro and is well served by local buses. Visitors arriving by car will find plenty of parking within the town centre. Opening times for the market are 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

At the Northumberland farmers' markets around the region this year, you can order your meat, veg, cakes and puddings direct from local producers and be certain you are getting fresh Northumbrian food for a locally sourced traditional Christmas dinner. …

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