Christmas destination hot pick: Bakewell

Attention to all international students who are still planing their Christmas Trip! There are loads of Christmas events being held in big cities. But, the entry tickets might cost you a lot, not to mention the food and drinks. Instead, why not consider visiting some English small towns? These places attracts lots of visitors and can also bring you a different festive mood. Worried about the accommodation?  Just 13 miles away  from Sheffield, you can pay a day visit to Bakewell, the old English town that tops the list of The Guardian’s best UK small towns for winter breaks.

Located in the National Peak District Park in Derbyshire and along River Wye, Bakewell is surrounded by the top tourist attractions of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Home of Bakewell pudding with loads of local tea houses and pubs along the street, the town will be hosting various Christmas events to add spice on the spectacular Peak District scenery.

Christmas events

Wanting to have some festive atmosphere in a Grade I listed church? The All St Parish Church sits 250m away from the town centre and will be holding their annual Christmas Tree Festival from Friday 9th December to Sunday 18th December 2016. The event is opened to public with the opening of the trees on Thursday 8th at 7pm and the closing during the carol service on the 18th at 6pm. The church opens from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday. It opens at noon on Sunday and till 8.30pm on Thursday.

Bakewell Winter Wonderland Christmas Market will be held from 9th December to 11th December at Bakewell Showground. Apart from a wide range of traditional Christmas Cuisine with hot mulled wine, cider, gin bar and roast chestnuts, there will be huge firework display every night. With rain comes mud, so you are reminded to where suitable footwear (such as wellies) to enjoy your good time.

The Christmas Candlelit Tours are another Christmas highlight in this old town. The opportunity to visit Haddon Hall by candlelight will be sure put you in a festive mood. Being held on 7th-9th and 12th-13th December, the tour starts with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie followed by a guided tour in the history of Haddon Hall by candlelight. The first tour starts at 6pm at time intervals. Visitors must pre-book the tour online – it costs £22 per person.

Food and drink

Bakewell Pudding and tarts are served in The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop. Enjoying a Bakewell afternoon tea special on the first floor of the property once owned by the Duke of Rutland, you will be given a one of a kind experience to taste the local delicacy served hot with custard or cream. You can also take away their home-made fruit jam, ale and pies as Christmas presents.

Out of town, you can enjoy a meal at Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop. You can try their Derbyshire oatcake or their traditional roast lunch served with Yorkshire pudding. You can also ask for details of their daily special for a more surprising food experience.

Travel

About 13 miles southwest of Sheffield, you can take the Peak Line 218 bus from Sheffield Interchange (platform D2) to Bakewell Square (Stand D). It takes around an hour ride.

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