Getting to Beverley's Christmas markets - all you need to knowFri 1st December 2023
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… which means Beverley’s Christmas markets are just around the corner.
The Beverley Festival of Christmas, proudly supported for the fourth year running by The Beverley Arms, will return on Sunday 10 December, bringing a diverse range of Victorian-themed market stalls, as well as fairground rides and street entertainment.
Stalls brimming with festive gifts will take over Saturday Market, Wednesday Market and North Bar Within from 10am-4pm, together with plenty of family entertainment.
At 10am, Father Christmas and his reindeer will lead the parade from Wednesday Market, greeting the crowds through Butcher Row and Toll Gavel on their way to Saturday Market, where they will stick around until about 1.30pm.
There will also be festivities taking place on the day at Flemingate shopping centre, Beverley Minster, St Mary’s Church, The Guildhall, Toll Gavel Church and East Riding Theatre.
In the run-up the the Festival of Christmas, The Made in East Yorkshire Christmas Market, which celebrates businesses and traders from across the region and is also sponsored by the Beverley Arms, will be held in Saturday Market from Wednesday 6 December until Friday 8 December, from 10am-4pm.
The Thwaites shire horses will be in attendance each day, along with entertainment from local buskers and school and college choirs.
The weekly Saturday Market on 9 December will also have a festive theme, making a total of five days of Christmas markets in Beverley.
How to get there
With road closures in place and limited parking in the town centre, visitors are encouraged to travel by public transport.
There will also be a free park and ride service at Beverley Racecourse from Wednesday to Sunday.
From Wednesday to Saturday, the first bus will depart from the racecourse at 9.45am and buses will run every 20 minutes to and from the drop-off point just outside North Bar.
On Sunday, the first bus will depart from the racecourse at 9am and buses will run every 10-15 minutes to and from the drop-off point.
The last bus will return to the racecourse at 5pm each day.
Alternatively, walking from the park and ride – and taking in a scenic Westwood walk – takes about 20 minutes.
Councillor Nick Coultish, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We look forward to welcoming more than 50,000 people to Beverley for the Festival of Christmas, our flagship tourism event of the year.
“The Festival of Christmas is the largest one-day Christmas market in the region, and the return of the Made in East Yorkshire Christmas Market extends the festivities for residents and businesses at the most wonderful time of the year.
“These markets provide huge economic benefits to the town as well as showcase some amazing businesses, not only in the markets but also those on the high street.”
Danny Martin, marketing director at Daniel Thwaites, which owns The Beverley Arms, said: “Christmas is something that makes people smile, and the Festival of Christmas is a huge part of that for the people of Beverley.
“It’s a first-class event that helps draw in massive crowds and forms the backbone of trade for local businesses in the run up to Christmas, so we’re happy to extend a hand of support to help bring this exciting programme of events to life.
“The Festival of Christmas is a true celebration of everything Beverley has to offer for both the people of the town and surrounding areas to enjoy.”
Beverley Festival of Christmas brochures are available from venues across the town, including the tourist information centre temporarily based on Cross Street.
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MAIN IMAGE: Beverley Festival of Christmas (Pictures: East Riding of Yorkshire Council)