Shoppers are invited to get ready for one of the most anticipated Christmas markets in the region. The event, which is supported by Wave 105, is now in its fourth year. It takes place at Littledown Centre on Sunday 24 November between 11am-4pm.

There will be up to 140 stalls selling handmade artisan crafts, jewellery, fused glass, local preserves, chutneys, award-winning fudge, seasonal cakes, cheeses, games and sustainable homeware and lifestyle produce. As well as decorations, cards, wrapping paper, wreaths, artisan food and hampers there will also be local artists and photographers displaying their work. There’s even gifts for pets from Dorset Doggy and Dorset Cat Shop.

There’s lots for foodies too. Local company Viper Gin will be showcasing its mulled gin and other flavours. The Crafty Cow will be selling hampers containing Lyme Bay (spirits & wines). Langham Winery, From Dorset With Love, Olives Et Al, Cranbourne Chase Cider, The Real Cure Meats, Conker Gin, Thomas J Fudges, Isle of Wight Cheese, Black Cow Vodka and Cheese, Dorset Honey, Dorset Ginger, Jurassic Cottage Foods will be selling their produce too. And the Garlic Farm and Briddlesford Lodge Farm will be joining us with produce from the Isle of Wight.

Sing People Sing will be performing carols, Santa and his elves will be making an appearance and there’ll be children’s entertainment from Jules the Entertainer and Minky Moo’s Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

Noel Brodie, who is starring in this year’s pantomime at Bournemouth Pavilion, Aladdin, will also be popping by.

Natalie McMullen, who organises the event, says;

“We really love this event because for us it kicks off the festive season. This year we have lots of new things to see and do too with lots of local, quirky, sustainable and independent traders and seasonal activities.”

Admission to the Christmas market is £1 per adult and 50 pence for children aged between 6-15. Children aged five and under can enter for free.

Parking at the centre is free but spaces are limited.

Find out more about the event, including a full schedule of the day, on Facebook.

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About Littledown Centre

Littledown is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

Set in 47 acres of parkland, Littledown has some of the finest leisure, swimming, football and gym facilities in the country.

It is ranked among the top performing leisure centres in the UK, is accredited by quality scheme QUEST and is a National Fitness Award winner for the Local Authority/Leisure Trust Gym of the Year (2016) and finalist for the Best Group Exercise Gym of the Year (2017).

It has more than 1.2 million attendances a year and is home to clubs including BH Live’s Swimming Academy, Swim Bournemouth, Littledown Juniors Football Club and Play Football.

The venue has one of the largest gyms in the UK with personal training, an exercise referral and children’s activity programme. It runs 300+ weekly group exercise classes.

Indoor facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, 17-metre teaching pool, waterslides, a splash pool and spa. There is a large sports hall for events and multi-sport activities including trampolining, badminton, table tennis, football and gymnastics.

The venue also has a café, bar and an Ofsted registered crèche.

Outdoor facilities include ALTITUDE High Ropes Adventure at Littledown Park (2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence), six floodlit 3G rubber crumb training pitches, grass football pitches, parkland for recreation and events, a cricket pitch and pavilion, lake, children’s playground, a paddling pool (open summer months only), outdoor catering, leisure orienteering course and free customer parking for up to three hours (Monday-Friday).

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