Banbury town centre hosts a special festive market

A Christmas market will take place in Banbury Market Place this Friday
A Christmas market will take place in Banbury Market Place this Friday

A special festive market is being held on Friday, November 13 in Banbury’s Market Place.

Cherwell District Council announced the event this week. It will feature 30 different traders will set up shop in Market Place offering customers the chance to peruse a range of unique and handmade Christmas gifts and decorations.

It is the first in a series of special festive markets that has been organised in the run up to Christmas by Cherwell District Council in partnership with market operators Sketts.

Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said: “Although there are some people trying to ignore it, there is no denying the festive countdown has started and for some, the Christmas shopping has begun. For those looking to get a head start on their shopping and beat the crowds, the Christmas Gift Fayre will be a great opportunity to pick up something a little bit special that may not be available in the mainstream shops.

“People can come along and browse the stalls for a unique or handmade gift or maybe treat themselves to some new decorations. Regardless of what is on the shopping list, the market is sure to provide some great ideas and really help to get people in the Christmas spirit.”

The market will feature about 30 traders selling a range of gift ideas. People shopping for ladies will be able to browse items such as jewellery, scarves, bags or perfume while those shopping for men will be able to get inspiration from a range of specific men’s gifts.

Elsewhere there will be home chic gift, candles and perfumes as well as a selection of books, toys and Christmas cards.

For those who are feeling peckish, the market will also sell hot food and Christmas cakes.

The stalls will be in Market Place from 9am until 4pm.