23/11/2015

The Gloucester Victorian Christmas Market

Every year around the end of November the Victorian Christmas market takes place in Gloucester Quays. The market features a variety of 150 different stalls, all of which range from locally made food and drink to handmade gifts such as glass decorations, artisan jewellery, knitted hats and scarves and also homeware such as multi use brushes, wooden bowls and stools, as well as many other things. All of the stall holders were dressed up in Victorian costumes, and to carry the theme further, there was a wooden Victorian cart placed in the middle of the stalls and also wooden crates placed to the side. Additonally, other Victorian characters were wandering around the market dressed in costume as well, they were interacting with many people and were said to "surprise, amuse and entertain vistitors with their exploits."

The quays is the perfect location for a christmas market - its surrounded by restaurants ranging from Nandos to Ed's Diner to Pizza Express, and variety of Cafés such as café nero, caffè corretto, costa and Cafe Tucci. This means you can pop into a café for a cup of coffee to warm up before making the journey home, or you can plan your visit around dinner, and pop into a restaurant before or after visting the market. Additionally, the docks which surround the quays are historically picturesque and are therefore the perfect background for this sort of event.

The market is very family orientated, most years they have a horse carousel which is placed in-between the two main stall areas. And this year in addition to the carousel they had a Ferris Wheel and a Helter Skelter - all of which were very popular with the children. There were also Victorian Games taking place - none of which happened whilst I was there - but I'm sure the old Victorian toys and games entertained many children. There were also stalls that sold wooden toys, make-your-name bunting, childrens wooden tables and chairs and child friendly christmas decorations such as reindeer's and a snowmen made from felt - as well as many other things.

However, the market isn't just aimed at families, there were a lot of adults and couples wandering around and the live music which ranged from brass bands and choirs to upbeat pop/rock music attracted a lot of adults to the event. Alcohol such as locally made wine, beer and cider was sold at a variety of different stalls, and so was locally produced food such as sausages and cheese - however, a lot of the stalls that sold these items were very popular and most of them were quite overcrowded when we passed by. Additionally, there was also a real ale tavern which was perfectly placed next to the stage, this meant a lot of people were stood around eating hot food, drinking good beer and listening to music. Of course you could also purchase mulled wine - the festive drink which on the cold evening was a perfect warmer. Food and drink wasn't the only attraction to adults though, the many different craft stores meant the market was the perfect place to visit to find original, handmade Christmas gifts or decorations, the bakery stalls were also great for treating yourself or your loved ones.

The Victorian Christmas market is a completely free event (except of course if you find something that catches your eye - if you get away without buying anything be sure to tell me your secret to resisting). Unfortunately, the Victorian Christmas market has finished this year, however, keep an eye out for it next year, you won't regret taking a couple of hours out of your weekend to visit.

If you're still wanting to visit a Christmas market in Gloucester Quays this year - the Enchanted Christmas Market is taking place between the 11th and 13th of December click here for more information. Although this market is slightly smaller than the Victorian market the festive spirit ensures its just as magical.

"It is Christmas in the heart, that put's Christmas in the air"

Until Next Time,

Alice x


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05/11/2015

The About Me Tag




My bestfriend Meg from the blog http://projectcastaway.blogspot.co.uk/ tagged me in the About Me tag - this is a little bit different from my normal posts but I'm excited for you guys to get to know me a little bit better!

Q: Whats your Middle Name? 
A: My middle name is Marie
Q: What was your favourite subject at school? 
A: Whilst I was doing GCSE Drama and Maths were probably my favourite subjects to learn, however I think enjoyed my music and English classes more because we always had a lot of fun. But for my A Levels I think Media was probably my favourite subject - I was with one of my good friends, had a good teacher and I really enjoyed learning about the subject. 
Q: What is your favourite drink?
A: Probably Chocolate Milkshake or Coke - I absolutely adore chocolate milkshake I always love trying different ones in different places and coke is kind of my go-to drink when i'm out for a meal. 
Q: What is your favourite song at the moment?
A: This is a hard one for me - I'm listening to a lot of different artists at the moment but I think it's gotta be either The Energy Never Dies by The Script or Over and Over Again by Nathan Sykes.
Q: What is your favourite food?
A: Margarita Pizza is probably my go to food. But my mums homemade Slow Pulled Pork Burger is also REALLY good. 
Q: What was the last thing that your brought?
A: This is really boring - but I promise I also bought a really nice skirt in H&M just before - but it was a plain white long sleeved top from Primark. 
Q: What is your favourite book of all time?
A: This is such a stereotype but it has to be The Fault In Our Stars or The Maze Runner Series (I can't decide) 
Q: What is your favourite colour?
A: Blue has been my favourite colour since I was little (the colour of Cinderella's dress) 
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: No, unfortunately not - I use to have a goldfish and although it lived for a good 7/8 years it died a few years ago - sad times. 
Q: What was your favourite holiday?
A: I have a few as I've been on holiday every summer since I can remember so it's impossible to narrow it down. One of my favourite's, that was hard to top for a long time, is when I went to Spain with my whole extended family. However, since I've been to Appledore in Devon and Solva in Wales, which were the prettiest little towns, I've been unable to decide on my favourite. 
Q: Are you married?
A: No, but I would like to be one day if I meet the right person. 
Q: Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?
A: Yes I have, but only a few times - I've been to France twice and Spain once. 
Q: Do you speak any other languages?
A: Well I did French in years 6 to 9 but I gave that up at GCSE as I didn't really enjoy it - so no. 
Q: How many siblings do you have?
A: I have two older sisters - Emma and Katie.  
Q: What is your favourite shop?
A: I absolutely adore two crafts shops we have in my town - Cheltenham Collective and Sugar Loaf. But if i'm talking mainstream shops then Vinegar Hill, WHSmiths (I love the book section) and H&M 
Q: What is your favourite restaurant?
A: This is probably either Nandos or Boston Tea Party - I love going to both, however, I tend to go to Nandos with my friends, where as Boston Tea Party I normally eat at with my family, they do a big variety of food from burgers, to toasted sandwiches to pancakes, so its it's good for an unexpected meal out as there is a lot of variety and it isn't too expensive. Another restaurant I love from when I went on holiday to The Mumbles in Wales, I absolutely adored Verdi's which was an italian restaurant that did everything from morning coffee to ice cream to evening meals - so check it out if you're in the Swansea area. 
Q: What is your favourite movie?
A: Probably the first two The Maze Runner movies, War Horse or Now you see me. 
Q: What is your favourite TV show?
A: My favourite TV show is Teen Wolf - I've watched the first season about 4 times now and it's always kept my interest and attention. 
Q: Do you prefer PC or Mac?
A: Since my sister purchased a mac a few years ago - I have say I now prefer using that to my normal PC whenever I get the chance. 
Q: What phone do you have?
A: I have an iPhone 5s
Q: Can you cook? 
A: Well as I'm going to Uni next year, my mum has been teaching me how to cook different homemade meals, so I suppose so? 

I hope you guys enjoyed learning a little bit more about me, why not give the About Me tag a go, it's surprising how much thinking you have to do to discover what your favourite song, book, movie and TV show is. 

"Sometimes I pretend to be normal, but it gets boring, so I go back to being me" 

Lots of love, 

Alice x 
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