The festive season for us starts at the end of November, with the beginning of the Christmas market in Bath. People from all over come to see the city at its festive finest and in 2016 there’s even been attention in the national press, with features in Vogue and Metro. Many of our visitors have been coming to do their shopping here for years, but we’re also joined by a lot of first timers too, and so we’ve put together a few tips for those of you planning your first trip. First, comfortable shoes are essential. We may only be a small city, but don’t underestimate the amount of walking around that you’ll do, and the cobbled streets can destroy your heels. No one enjoys shopping with sore feet, so get your Uggs on. Bring a brolly. We’ve been lucky with sunshine so far, but it’s best to be prepared for all weather. It can get very cold too, so we’d recommend the works – mittens, wooly hat and scarf – to keep you toasty. Think about transport. Parking can be limited, so we’d recommend that you ditch the car and take the Park and Ride to make life easy. Or perhaps even let the train take the strain, so that you can enjoy a mulled wine or two whilst in between doing your shopping. Take a tote. a strong over the shoulder bag is easier to carry your Christmas haul in, meaning you can keep shopping for longer and don’t have to take home any more plastic bags fill up your kitchen drawers. Carry cash. Not all of the stall holders will have a card machine, so save yourself some hassle and take some readies with you. Take a break. There are lots of great cafes and eateries to stop and warm up in, including some of our favourites in the city, such as Colonna & Small’s (who make a fantastic cappuccino) and Bea’s Vintage tea rooms (great if you fancy some comfort food to refuel). We’re looking forward to welcoming all of our Christmas visitors this year, and if you haven’t booked a stay yet don’t worry, there’s still some availability with us. Get in touch!