Cracking Christmas Markets for Knutsford
Knutsford’s Christmas celebrations started in style on Thursday 2 December with a day we will all remember. The first ever Knutsford Christmas Market.
I arrived at the Market to find myself drawn, instantly in to the throng of shoppers gathered around all the different stalls.
Craftspeople and producers from all over Cheshire descended upon Knutsford to bring some Christmas cheer to the town, joined of course by Father Christmas with his reindeer.
The atmosphere was really warm and friendly with stallholders and local shops joining in with the fun. Knutsford residents and friends from neighbouring areas all made time to visit the Christmas Market.
Visitors to the market were treated to stalls offering unusual Christmas gifts, seasonal food and drink plus a chance to support the charities involved in the day’s activities.
Foodie stall holders included Karl from the Home made fudge company who makes 13 mouth watering all from 100% natural ingredients. Kensington Foods who make hand made traditional mincemeat. Tatton Brewery with their first ever batch of bottled beers. The Pudding compartment from Wales who are a small family business making a huge selection of home made Cheesecakes, puddings, cup cakes and of course a fabulous Christmas Pud. Radfords of Somerfood, who make preserves and pickles, all made by the owner, Denise Porter in her kitchen from locally sourced ingredients.
For those on the look out for unusual or unique Christmas gifts there were hand thrown and hand drawn picture plaques made from Porcelain paper clay, Christmas Tree night lights. Jigsaw RTM from Congleton had a huge selection of colourful jewellery and sculptures made from ethically sourced products. My favourite, Eric the bee who turned out to even have his own facebook page. Caucao designs who create bag charms and jewellery from semi precious stones
To keep our four legged friends tails wagging this Christmas was Pupcakes and Cookies, who make a selection of healthy treats for dogs including muffins, brownies, cupcakes and Ginger bread men.
Resident retailers offered their of support with The Co-op generously providing the stall holders with free food on the day and many others stayed open late and offered Christmas nibbles to customers. Some of the cafés and restaurants even had special menus. The Courtyard Café stayed open late for the first time in its history to give people somewhere to sit and rest a while before they re-visited the market or waited for Santa’s arrival.
Organisers worked hard for months to bring this event together.
Stewart Gardiner, Knutsford Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Christmas Lights Committee said:
“The Town Council was really encouraged by the support that the Christmas Market received; particularly from the local Traders. We would like to thank all those involved in organising the event.
Knutsford’s Christmas celebrations started in style and made Thursday a day we will all remember and the market an integral part of our festivities in the years to come.”