German Market & Christmas Fair

 

Thursday 15th September to Friday 23rd December 2022

You do not need to have tickets to visit the German Market during the week or at weekends. 

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. We’re now going into our 8th year and we promise it to be bigger and better than ever before.

Inspired by traditional German Markets, you will be captivated by the sights, sounds and smells of the market, with irresistible seasonal treats and unique yuletide gifts and decorations.

The German Market hosts more than 30 stalls each handcrafted by owner Roland Smith. Every stall is adorned with handpicked, high-quality artisan products including carved wooden decorations, delicate glassware and baubles, traditional cuckoo clocks, scandinavian gonks and much more.

Each 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 once visited a town in the Erzgebirge region called Seiffen. It’s 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 is astounding.

Festive visitors can wander amongst the many festive chalet style stalls, soak up the festive atmosphere and get in the mood for the holiday season whilst the smells of Bratwurst, Gingerbread and Glühwein waft through.

At the heart of the German Market, we serve lots of mouth-watering, specialist German foods such as Frankfurter, Sauerkraut, Waffles, Apple Strudel & the incredibly popular Schokokusse (chocolate kisses) which the whole family can enjoy. We also serve German bottled beers, our delicious homemade spiced apple drink and of course, Glühwein.

The Christmas Market is free to attend and is open 7 days a week during our opening hours. No tickets are needed to visit during these times.

Join us this year to enjoy the traditional German Market experience and browse the many yuletide gifts and decorations.

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The German Market is free to attend and is open 7 days a week during our opening hours which can be found at the top of our website.

Hot food is served in the German Market from 10am - 4pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 3pm Sunday and you can enjoy freshly-made belgian waffles, bratwurst, kaesewurst and sauerkraut. Thicc German Sausage

We also have a dedicated confectionary stall where you can enjoy a huge range of our now famously-popular schokokusse, or 'chocolate kisses'.  Every year there are more new flavours to choose from. Opening times for this stall are as follows: 9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3:30pm Sunday.

We also serve German bottled beers, our delicious homemade spiced apple drink and of course, gluhwein!


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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

To help you enjoy our market, here are some frequently asked questions.  Please note we do not accept any dogs except assistance dogs into the garden centre.


Is it free entry?
Yes, it is free to attend and is open 7 days a week during our opening hours. No tickets are needed to visit the german market.

What are the German Market opening times?
The German market opening times are: 

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm.

The food huts in the German Market have different opening times - see below: 

Hot Food Hut

Monday - Saturday : 10am - 4pm 

Sunday: 10am - 3pm 

Sweet Food Hut 

Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm 

Sunday: 10am - 3:30pm

 

Where are you located?
We are in Battlesbridge. Please use out postcode in your satnav/mobile to locate us SS11 7QU.

Do you have car parking?
Yes, we have a free car park for all of our customers.

Is the market undercover?
Yes, the German market is held in our main greenhouse as you enter the Garden Centre. There is also the rest of the Garden Centre to enjoy including our beautiful Christmas department, fresh Christmas trees, our on-site restaurant Meadow Croft Kitchen, and a mini-golf course too!

Do I need a ticket to visit during the week or at weekends?
No, you do not need a ticket to visit the german market.

Do you accept card payments?
Yes, card payments are our preferred method.

Can I bring my dog?
We only accept assistance dogs into the Garden Centre. You can read more on our Dog Policy here.

Are you wheelchair friendly?
Yes, we have ramps at the entrance and exit of the garden centre. The garden centre is easily accessible throughout. We have a disabled toilet available to the left of the restaurant Meadow Croft Kitchen. Wheelchairs are also available for use, however these are subject to availability and we do also have limited disabled parking bays. During weekend visits, if one is not available, please let one of our parking attendants know and they will do their best to accommodate you.

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 Call of the Wild Zoological Park, formally known as Tropical Wings - Woodham Road, which is located just off the Rettendon Turnpike.

Do you have car parking?
Yes, we do.

Are you wheelchair friendly?
Yes, we are and we do also have a limited number of disabled bays.  During weekend visits, if one is not available, please let one of our parking attendants know and they will do their best to accommodate you.


Do you accept mini bus & coach bookings?
During the German market, we can accept mini bus and coach parties Monday – Friday, we unable to accept parties of this nature on weekends. To enjoy the market at it’s best, we advise visit lengths between 2-3 hours maximum. Please contact us a minimum of 48 hours before your arrival so we can ensure the best service possible, please email meadowcroftadmin@wdsmith.com


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. 

 


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Do you want a chance of winning a £50 Meadow Croft Voucher?⁠

Enter our Summer Photography Competition. It's easy to enter. ⁠
Children can get involved too! ⁠

Our theme is 'Garden'. We'd love to see your interpretation of this - it could be a display in your garden, your favourite part of your garden, a specific plant, family gardening together, a border or container or perhaps wildlife enjoying your garden. ⁠

We will be judging two different age categories- Adult & Under 16's. ⁠

Prizes for each category are: ⁠
⭐️ 1st Prize: £50 Meadow Croft Voucher ⁠
⭐️ 2nd Prize: £25 Meadow Croft Voucher ⁠
⭐️ 3rd Prize: £10 Meadow Croft Voucher ⁠

Please send in hi-res images in .jpeg or .png format to meadowcroftmarketing@wdsmith.com before the deadline. ⁠

Competition closes on Monday 29th August. ⁠

At the close of the competition, shortlisted entries will be published on social media for our followers to vote for their favourites. The winners entries will be printed and displayed on our competition board at the garden centre. ⁠

Good Luck Everyone!!
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