We continue to tell you about the smallest and most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom. Spend the winter weekend in one of them and find out what it is like to live in a fairy tale.
Where to go on winter weekends
Totnes, Devon County.
Through this market town, conveniently located in the delta of the Dart River, runs the main line of the Great Western Railway, so that it will not be difficult to get here. The abundance of shops, cafes and old houses (not only of the Tudor era, but also medieval and even Norman) invariably attracts a lot of tourists to Totnes. The streets of this city are really beautiful, but they really begin to sparkle at Christmas. A week before the main winter holiday, fairs are starting to work here, taking place in several locations at once. No frills, but crafted beer and local fish dishes will not leave you indifferent. And for some reason, they just love Italian cuisine in this city. The best osteria in Totnes is Curator Kitchen, but you will not be able to dine here for less than £30. It is good that just the family Italian restaurant Jano is 10 minutes walk. Its owners order meat and wine directly from Italy, and cook paste themselves. Surprisingly, that lunch here costs only £13.
Holt, Norfolk County.
In summer, this charming Georgian town turns into a tourist base for everyone who wants to relax on the beaches of the north of Norfolk. But in winter, when crowds of people disappear from them, and the cute streets are lit up by the light of thousands of lamps, Holt makes a completely different impression. In December, you need to go for Christmas presents here, for walks along the coast and for impressions that are so nice to share with the whole family. For example, you can take a trip on a train along the scenic route of the North Norfolk Railroad or take a boat to the Blakeney Bay. And after a long walk, it would be nice to drink hot tea and eat a couple of sandwiches... For this pleasure, go to the vintage café Folly Tea Room. Fans of classic ale and pies should go to the pub Kings Head on High Street. By the way, there are the best shops on the same street. Now about the main thing. The Christmas fair will begin its work already in the end of November. You will see 50 marquees with gifts and goodies, a fireplace and a huge Christmas tree.
Wells, Somerset County.
Now we will talk about the smallest city in the kingdom. Literally. Here only 10 thousand people live. Wells got the right to be called “a city” back in the Middle Ages only thanks to the cathedral built here in the 15th century. The city is amazing at any time of the year, but in the winter all its charm is revealed. Of course, atmosphere is enhanced by garlands, decorated Christmas trees and a 4-day festive fair. Traditionally, Christmas service is held in the cathedral on December 27th. This is an important event in the life of Wells. Do not miss it if you are there at this time. Also the Bishop Palace is worth visiting. This building, which was the residence of bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years, even now breathes power and splendor.
Saffron-Walden, Essex County.
Christmas rush will begin in this medieval market town exactly on December 2nd. It is on this day when in all Saffron-Walden festive illumination will be turned on, and Santa Claus will take an honorable place in the alcove of the city hall. On November 27th, there will be Christmas service the most beautiful (and largest in Essex) medieval parish of St. Mary`s Church. Audley End House and Gardens is worthy of special mention. This country estate of the XVII century will be the venue for many festive events. In the city cinema Saffron Screen, the Christmas classics from "It's a Wonderful Life" to "The Polar Express" will be shown during the whole December. As you can see, in this city there is entertainment for everyone. And we have not even mentioned classic pubs with fireplaces and vintage bookstores...
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire County.
At the junction of the rivers Usk and Gavenny, on the very border of England and Wales, the picturesque town of Abergavenny is located - the ideal place to get lost for a couple of days. Getting to the town is easy: you can get there by car or bus, or by train. In Abergavenny itself, there is no need for transport. There will not be an extensive list of events and events this time. You just should wander around the city, enjoy the atmosphere around the ruins of the ancient castle, go to small museums, climb the nearby hills and admire the views. At this place you can forget about all the problems and dissolve in peace of the British province. Although, perhaps, one event is worth mentioning: on December 11th, a Christmas fair will be held in Abergavenny, united with the local Food Festival. In addition to the tables with delicacies, the guests will receive master classes on making Christmas-tree toys, a music procession and a light show after the onset of twilight. And if you get to Abergavenny on some other day, then you can have fun shopping, which are numerous here. Welsh wool and paint brushes, toys on the radio control and designer hats, kitchen accessories and lovely Italian shoes - you definitely will not leave this place without gifts!