Bath Christmas Market extended
Bath Christmas Market will be extended for an additional week as part of the council’s commitment to support stall holders and traders as they recover from the impact of Covid 19.
It is the first time in the market’s 20-year history that it will run for 25 days. This year it will launch with a residents’ night on November 24 and finish on Sunday December 19.
B&NES council leader, Councillor Kevin Guy, said: “I have asked that we extend Bath Christmas Market so it runs for an additional week. The market provides a huge boost not just to the stall holders but also to our retail, accommodation, hospitality and tourism sectors and this year it will play a critical role in helping business get back on its feet.
“I’ve been talking to businesses and what I am hearing is ‘why does the market finish so soon in the run-up to Christmas?’ This year is an opportunity for us to trial an extension and run it closer to Christmas. I hope this will give more people the chance to visit the city and spend more time at the market which I’d say is one of the best, if not the best, in the world!”
Bath Christmas Market is ranked in the top 10 in Europe and attracts 400,000 visitors per year, with an estimated spend in the city of £32.5 million in 2019.
This year the council is investing £27,200 on improvements to the chalets, which for Covid-safety measures, will be reduced from 205 to 161. This will allow more space for visitors to move through the event site during traditionally busy periods.
Pitch fees are being advertised at a reduced rate to help with the fact that people have struggled for many months and there will be some very short-term pitches for traders who are either starting out or have always wanted to sell at the market but maybe couldn’t make enough stock or are unable to attend the full duration of the market.
The proposed site will have a similar footprint to 2018/19 with the re-introduction of the areas around Bath Abbey.