We all gathered at midday on the coach for the trip to Winchester. All that is, except for the Outings Committee member who thought the scheduled time was one hour later than was the case. Which caused a slight delay and some hilarity.
The day was rather cool and grey, but remained dry.
The market was in the cathedral grounds.
The first section was the Artisan area, with people offering to make things such as garden signs, furniture, and some unusual and ingenious things.
The main section contained rows of small open sided huts selling Christmas goods. Many with good quality warm clothing such as woolly hats, scarves and gloves. Some selling simple jewellery, others with drinks and food. And of course, the Christmas decorations. Refreshments were on sale at some huts, but there was also a large marquee selling hot and cold food. The mulled wine and (large) Black Forest Gateau offering was well appreciated by this visitor.
In the centre an ice skating rink kept the young and fit occupied.
The regular Winchester market was also on in the nearby High Street, and was well worth a visit.
Darkness fell early so all the lights came on, both in the Christmas market and in the High Street, imparting a truly Christmas feel to the proceedings.
By six in the evening it really was getting rather cold, so we all drifted back to the coach stop for the journey back home.