An Alternative Christmas Market by Larissa Aspell

On our last family weekend away before the festivities, we journeyed down to Bournemouth and stumbled upon an absolute treat! A Steampunk Christmas market…

The ‘Alternative Christmas Fayre’ had an amazing array of artisan products and entertainment in a fabulous Steampunk, Christmas setting. We marvelled at the Victorian looking outfits, so beautifully paraded up and down by the Steampunkers and we even bumped into the lovely Samantha Bumford, the current Miss Dorset.

There was a nice selection of stalls which were packed with high quality, quirky Artisan gifts. There were homewares, mouth-watering international food, drink, delicately crafted jewellery and much more. Oh, and did I mention the mulled wine? It was so good we had to buy a 2-litre bottle of the stuff to bring back home.

One of the highlights for me was the live music and spectacular street performances throughout the day. Our 4year old daughter was entertained to hysterics by ‘Count Backwards’ a kids magician, and  I particularly enjoyed Sweetchunks, a steampunk band that was playing as we first arrived. We even got to experience a ride on a steam engine… not something you get to do every day!

It’s the quintessentially eccentric ensemble of all things creative & delicious that makes the Metropole Street Market so special and unique, we loved it. It certainly was the most memorable experience of our visit to Bournemouth and we will certainly be back!

The Alternative Christmas Fayre was one in a series of four captivating uniquely themed markets. The Big Launch was held on Sunday 24th September, and Day of the Dead was held last month on 29th October. The final themed market of 2017 is Christmas Candyland being held on Sunday 17th December.

 

Lyn Turnbull, Co-Organiser of Metropole Market said:

“We are overwhelmed by the community’s support for this amazing project. It is spectacular to see what a great response we’ve had after our first two markets. November’s market will jointly celebrate Christmas as well as the fascinating steampunk culture! It will be something never before seen in Bournemouth.”

 

Roger Parker, of the Town Centre BID, said:

“As a representative of the Town Centre BID, I can say that we are delighted to be supporting this fantastic project. The ‘Alternative Christmas Fayre’ will be a great opportunity for our community to enjoy a Christmas market that has a unique approach to the festive season.”

 

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