A few hours in Cirencester, The Cotswolds Review
Cirencester had my favourite Christmas Market by far during my stay in the Cotswolds. This was partly due to their utilisation of the beautiful St John the Baptist Church within the celebrations.
When we arrived the crowds were huge and we had to fight our way through the bustle in order not to miss the countdown. Christmas was a big deal here and the scale of the festivities was much larger than in Moreton in Marsh.
Here they had fair rides, a giant tree, marching bands, dancers, fake snow, a huge screen broadcasting screen, local celebrities I don’t know and most importantly…a big red button.
I’d do a lot to see a big red button be pressed.
The atmosphere was amazing, especially during the countdown, and I was genuinely surprised by the fireworks above the Church.
St John the Baptist Church
Afterwards we went inside the 12th century grade I listed church. The interior was lit up and decorated with rows of small Christmas trees.
The carvings, high ceilings and artefacts were awe-inspiring.
I was very taken by the lego version of St Johns enclosed in a glass case, apparently each lego brick was donated by the locals to raise money.
This was a very beautiful church and really made Cirencester special.
We wandered around outside to browse the shops and soak in the atmosphere, before ending our evening with dinner at The Igloo.
I really enjoyed my evening at the Cirencester Christmas Market and highly recommend it for a lively night with beautiful surroundings and plenty of things to do and eat.