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Oxford & Winchester Christmas Markets Weekend

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI9117

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

2 days


Step into Christmas and enjoy some fabulous festive fun!

Join us on this short break to the south of England for a great-value festive weekend which includes a visit to two of the UK's most popular cities to visit, especially during the festive period.

To get us in the festive spirit, we first take you to the medieval cathedral city of Winchester where their Christmas Market will be in full swing. This traditional event is renowned for its bustling atmosphere, stunning location and handpicked high quality exhibitors and is recognised as one of the best in Europe. With pretty chalets and a towering Christmas tree, combined with festive lighting, the sound of Christmas carols and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air, you will be transported into a magical setting. The city really does epitomize the true spirit of Christmas!

Our centrally located overnight hotel in Reading offers a comfortable stay with breakfast included, and allows you to easily explore the vibrant city centre. Plus there is plenty to entertain you in the evening with a great choice of eateries and bars close to your central hotel.

After our overnight stay, we will head to the historic university city of Oxford with its honey-gold buildings and riverside setting. The architecture is fabulous, from the golden, stately university buildings to the atmospheric 13th-century pubs, wander through the cobbled streets, enjoy the excellent shopping opportunities and let the beauty of the city sweep you away. The city of dreaming spires will again be filled with festive joy as the Oxford Christmas Market returns to the heart of the city. With market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations brightening wooden stalls and plenty of festive food and drink, a visit to Oxford and its Christmas Market is a magical Christmas experience.

We're sure you're going to love this festive weekend break!

An ideal choice for:
* Christmas Market lovers looking to explore something new and different
* City lovers who like exploring new destinations
* Anyone looking for real Christmas spirit and some great shopping opportunities!

PRICE FROM ? £99 per person
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Day 1

Join your coach at your convenient local pick-up point, and head for the medieval city of Winchester, England’s ancient capital. You can visit the Great Hall and King Arthur’s Round Table, a fully restored working water mill and the famous medieval Cathedral, where Jane Austen is buried. There are many shops, cafes and restaurants. You can enjoy the wonderful Christmas Market set in a stunning location with over 100 pretty wooden chalets offering excellent quality specialist goods and festive treats. Make time to explore the magnificent Cathedral, one of the finest medieval cathedrals you will ever see. You have time at leisure to explore the market and wander through the city until late afternoon.

We will then travel for our comfortable overnight bed and breakfast stay at the Ibis Reading Centre, which is ideally located in the town centre. Either simply relax at the hotel or your central location allows you to stay out as late as you like making the most of all the town has to offer including great food and drink options.

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast, board your coach for the gorgeous city of Oxford. There will be ample time to explore this great city with various sightseeing and shopping opportunities including its Christmas Market.

You have time at leisure to wander through the city and explore the Christmas Market, then rejoin your coach later and relax during your journey home with great festive memories.

Winchester Christmas Market

INCLUDED Visitor Destination

From its relatively modest beginnings, the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market now attracts visitors from around the globe each year and has achieved a reputation as being amongst the very best in Europe. Within the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral’s historic Inner and Outer Close you’ll find over 100 attractive wooden chalets brimming with goodies. The stallholders are individually selected by the Cathedral’s in-house team to ensure superior quality, uniqueness and that a wide range of products are available. There’s a strong emphasis on British and artisan amongst the stallholders. Look out for Hampshire’s finest cheese and sourdough toasties – these alone are reason to return regularly! With the dramatic medieval architecture as a backdrop, it’s an idyllic setting at any time of day, but it really comes into its own after twilight when the Cathedral is lit up and a warm glow radiates from the market stalls.

For further information on Winchester Christmas Market, click here (opens in new window)

Winchester itself is an unspoilt cathedral city on the edge of the rolling South Downs, and is England's ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great. Aside from the fabulous eleventh century Cathedral, it is most well-known for its Great Hall, which for over 700 years has housed the mysterious King Arthur's Round Table. Popular for its bustling shopping streets, the many bars, traditional pubs and restaurants make eating out a pleasure, and there are pretty riverside walks past tranquil water meadows.

For further information on Winchester, click here (opens in new window)

Oxford & Christmas Market

INCLUDED Visitor Destination

Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. This world famous city will be filled with festive joy; the sound of choirs, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations, bright wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine drifting in the air. A visit to the Oxford Christmas Market is a truly magical Christmas experience.

Tour includes

  • 1 night's hotel with breakfast
  • Visit to Winchester and its popular Christmas Market
  • Visit to fabulous Oxford and its Christmas Market
  • Direct Coach Travel
  • Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
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Ibis Reading Centre Reading

The Ibis Reading Centre Hotel is located in the bustling centre of Reading close to the shops and amenities. The bedrooms are compact but are bright, modern and quiet and have all you need for your stay including a comfortable bed and en-suite shower room with walk-in shower. All rooms come equipped with individual air cooling system, LCD TV, tea/coffee facilities and hairdryer. Breakfast is buffet style hot and cold breakfast choices to set you up for the day. The stylish on-site bar is the perfect place to kick back and relax and offers a variety of light meals & snacks. Alternatively The Gourmet Bar and Restaurant at the connected Novotel Hotel serves tempting food and drinks from an internationally-inspired menu or there are a number of restaurants, cafes and bars nearby.

For more information, click here for the hotel website (opens in a new window)

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