Festive markets day out by bike
Around this time of year, I see myself wishing everyone good cheer as I stroll through the market places. I’m stocking up on fresh produce for Christmas and buying beautiful handmade gifts for my nearest and dearest. Meanwhile a clean crisp dusting of white sprinkles the floor all around. I’m also dressed wearing a bonnet?? This of cause is fantasy. The reality of shopping at this time of the year I think is horrendous. Which is why it’s left to a last minute dash. Buying a screw driver set for a 2 year old and a face peeling kit for my sister, wasn’t a good yea for the season of giving. My bother used to do better with his Christmas eve shop at the garage, chocolate or Alcohol.
But if you urge to wrap yourself up in a world where your senses are open to fresh smells and where twinkly goodies can capture your imagination, then there are a few special places to visit.
At this time of year market places become a sensory overload and i’m going to tell you how to access them by bike. Not only will you burn off that bratwurst you’ll save enough money on parking to indulge in a glugwein.
Altrincham Market – WA14 1SA, Market House Altrincham, Greenwood street.
Tuesday – Saturday 9am-10pm, Sun 9am – 6pm
This is a recommendations from a few of our bike hire customers who frequently turn a trip to the market into a whole experience from start to finish. The market is accessible via the Bridgewater way. This trip takes in sights of this 18th century canal. Opened on 17th July 1761, the Bridgewater Canal has a special place in history as the first canal in Britain to be built without following an existing watercourse, and so became a model for those that followed it. You’ll need to exit the canal at Viaduct Road and take a short 5min route on the roads to Market House Altrincham, Greenwood street.
They have market traders specialising in four specific areas. These being, food, design, vintage and craft. Visit the website to find out which day showcases what. Expect to see some of the North West finest traders, it did win The Observers Food Monthly award for ‘The Best Market’.
Due to extremely high demand at peak times you can guarantee that you will have to wait a little while for your order, but I’ve been told the food is well worth being patient for.
Manchester Festive market Friday 10 November to Thursday 21 December. http://www.manchester.gov.uk/christmasmarkets
With a huge selection of traders from across Europe, the Christmas Market at Albert Square has become a Christmas tradition for people from across the region. Over the years though it has grown and you’ll find that from most pedestrian squares you’re within easy reach of a strudel.
These markets are bustling with atmosphere and festive cheer make it the perfect place to meet friends and family and enjoy the mouthwatering array of food and drinks on offer. Bratwurst, strudels and hog roasts, beer halls, gluhwein houses and Christmas punch stalls – The Manchester Christmas markets have got it covered.
With stalls selling everything from pottery, jewellery, clothes and fashion accessories, to trees and plants, not to mention unique and unusual hand-crafted gifts from across Europe it’ll be easy to find gifts for all of your friends and family here.
Festive markets day out by bike – Make a day of it.
Take a bike trip through Sale Water Park and continue along the Bridgewater canal. Taking in the sights of Manchester United Ground and Salford Quays before heading to Castlefield. From Castlefield its a short meander to Spinningfields via Duke street and along Lower Byron Street. If you love unique art, quirky modern craft or vintage the Spinningfields Christmas Makers Market has an abundance of frankly stupendous individuals set to inspire. Or if food and drink is more down your street then fear not as we’ll have those taste buds tingling in no time at all. Stroll around the market, meet the producers and of course sample the goods from cheese to chocolate, puddings, to pies, posh tarts to gluten free goodies and much more.
If you’re still up for more festive cheer after a visit to Spinningfields, there are 8 other sparkly sites to visit.
Saturday 25th November
Saturday 2nd, 9th, 15th December – Festive Market
Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3PJ
Levenshulme market is a community run social enterprise that operates every weekend between March and December. They pride themselves on the diverse range of high quality traders. At every market you can expect to see to see something different. With a changing roster of over 40 artisan traders selling produce, street food, plants, gifts vintage clothing, homeware and more. Every third weekend of the month they also have entertainment to top it off.
Situated behind Levenshulme Train Station, the market is a 5min ride away off the Fallowfield Loop.
If you visit any of these markets or others which you can easily access by bike, don’t hesitate to let us know your recommendations and we’ll be sure to spread the word.