THE GRAND CHRISTMAS MARKET TOUR 2023

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ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA




A short train ride took us to Royal Leamington Spa's handsome Art-Deco style station from where it was a short walk to the Christmas market in the town centre. On the way we crossed the River Leam and went past the historic Pump Room.

Station SP3165 : The Art Deco station at Royal Leamington Spa by Roy Hughes River Leam SP3165 : Victoria Colonnade and the River Leam by Roy Hughes The Pump Room SP3165 : The Pump Room, Royal Leamington Spa by Roy Hughes

The Christmas market was set up all along The Parade and in some side streets. It started with a couple of fairground rides and then all the stalls you would expect from a Christmas market selling gifts, fast food and hand made crafts. There was also a small pen with goats and Shetland ponies.

Merry-go-round SP3165 : Merry-go-round at Royal Leamington Spa's Christmas Market by Roy Hughes Christmas stalls SP3165 : Royal Leamington Spa The Parade with Christmas Market 2023 by Roy Hughes SP3165 : Christmas stalls outside the Royal Priors, Royal Leamington Spa by Roy Hughes
Warwick Street stalls SP3166 : Christmas Market on Warwick Street Royal Leamington Spa by Roy Hughes Back on The Parade SP3165 : Christmas Market on The Parade  Royal Leamington Spa by Roy Hughes The goats & ponies SP3166 : Goat & Shetland ponies at the Christmas Market, Royal Leamington Spa by Roy Hughes
Inside the Royal Prior Centre SP3165 : The Royal Priors at Christmas Royal Leamington Spa by Roy Hughes

On the way back to the station we passed the Regent Hotel, now a Premier Inn. This was opened in 1819 and is thought to be the first purpose built hotel SP3165 : The Regent Hotel Premier In, undergoing refurbishment by Roy Hughes

The Jephson Gardens were in full autumn colour SP3165 : Autumn in Jephson Gardens Royal Leamington Spa by Roy Hughes The pond SP3165 : Autumn by the pond, Jephson Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa by Roy Hughes

Overall, a very enjoyable Market with plenty to see and some very interesting stalls. The town itself is also well worth a visit at any time of the year for the good range of shops and the Georgian architecture

KML

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