German Market

The German market opens daily during the 2018 festive season from Thursday 8th November - Sunday 23rd December.


Please be aware there are roadworks on our road - 19th Nov and Tuesday 20th Nov. We will remain open throughout.

The road is closed today 19/11 from the Woodham end (near Tropical Wings) - and is letting traffic through from the Wickford end.

On Tuesday 20th it should be closed from the Wickford end but open the Woodham end. 

The road will be back open completely from 21st November.

We will keep you updated on the roadworks.

If you have any queries regarding your journey, please get in contact.

Following its outstanding success in the last 3 years, our German Market promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more stalls and authentic products to enjoy.  Join us this year for a German beer, Gluhwein and to soak up the festive atmosphere & enjoy the traditional German market stalls, and be served by our team in their traditional German outfits.

As well as the festive drinks, we have a wide range of mouth-watering German food on sale-bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, waffles and of course the ever intriguing Schokokusse - if you haven’t tried them you are missing out! The German market also hosts more than 25 stalls, festooned with delicately crafted Yuletide gifts, from Christmas ornaments, candles, authentic cuckoo clocks, traditional Christmas fare and beautiful handmade woollen hats and gloves; there really is something for everyone.  The German Market really is a feast for the senses which is sure to get you in the mood for the holiday season.

This festive season, we have also introduced gluhwein to take home to enjoy, gift-packed authentic German beers, our now fairly famous Kurz and Lang bratwurst sausages to take home and enjoy and stollen advent calendars!

We hope you enjoy the German Market this year.

Daytime Opening Hours 2018

The German Market is free to attend and is open 7 days a week during the festive season from 8th November - 23rd December during our opening hours of;

Monday - Saturday 9am-5.30pm

Sunday 10am-5pm

We serve hot food in the German Market from 10am-4.00pm Monday to Sunday.  Our restaurant is also open as usual.


Frequently Asked Questions

To help you enjoy our market, here are some frequently asked questions.

Is it free entry?

Yes it is free entry.

What are your opening times?

You can find our opening times listed just above our FAQ.

Where are you based?

We are in Battlesbridge, but not near the Antique Centre.  Please use our postcode in your satnav to locate us SS11 7QU.  We are located on the same road as Tropical Wings - Woodham Road, which is located just off the Rettendon Turnpike.

How long is the market on for?

It runs from 8th November until 23rd December and is open 7 days a week during our opening hours.

Do you have car parking?

Yes we do.

Are you wheelchair friendly?

Yes we are.

Do you accept coach parties?

Yes we do.  Please call 01245 320314 at least 48 hours before your arrival, so that we can book your coach in.  Call 01245 320314 (option 3) and ask for Victoria. Alternatively, you can email

Do you accept dogs?

We are a dog-friendly centre. However, if your dog is of a nervous disposition, we advise avoiding busy periods.



2018 Late Nights

Thursday 8th November, 6pm-9pm - FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 22nd November, 6pm-9pm - FULLY BOOKED


Please note, these popular late nights are ticketed events which will need to be pre-booked in advance and are on a first-come, first served basis. 


How the Meadow Croft German Market Began

The German Market was established in 2015 with a handful of stalls displaying carefully selected authentic produce.  Born from an idea to do something 'different' at Christmas, the first German Market evening and indeed the market itself was a huge success and has been growing ever since.  Now with more than 25 stalls and running throughout November and December, the German Market is a great way to while away an afternoon with a warm gluhwein, whilst leisurely browsing the stalls.

Every year we go out to Germany to find new crafts and suppliers and many of the products on our stalls are hand-produced by local craftsmen, whom we’ve met personally.  We visited a town in the Erzgebirge region this year called Seiffen…..a tiny town where Christmas isn’t a one-day affair but carries on all year! All of the craftsmen we met work in garden workshops handed down from generation to generation.  It’s amazing to watch the tiny handmade pieces come together to make something like a Christmas Pyramid or a tiny wooden smoker and the craftsmanship and detail are amazing. 


The German Market in the News 2018

Our market has been featured in the following publications and website so far this year;


You can read an exclusive report from Essex Live about our German Market here

We are No 6 in '20 Christmas Markets to Enjoy in Essex - Essex Life Magazine

'The Best Christmas Markets in Essex 2018' - Eastlife

'The best Christmas Markets and Fayres in Essex 2018' -



The German Market was a big feature in the local news in 2017, you can find links to the features with all the pictures here;

 '12 Christmas Markets to Enjoy in Essex' in Essex Life Magazine.

'The Best Christmas Markets 2017' in Eastlife

'10 Things to Do in Essex this Christmas' on Heart Essex

'The Best Christmas Markets Essex & London Have to Offer' on Exquisite Concierge

Featured in the Little Miss Eden Rose Blog

Featured on Essex Live

And a Facebook live from Essex Live

Some of these pictures have been reproduced with the kind permission of Essex Live