German Market & Christmas Fair

 

Dates to be confirmed...

You do not need to have tickets to visit the German Market. 

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 10th 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.

Follow our event on social media #germanmarketessex


 


Bavarian Curling

Bring your friends and family along to play one of the oldest winter sports.
A great way to kick off the festive season.
 
2024 dates to be confirmed
 
⁠£10 per game⁠
(Max 8 people per lane, we recommend 4 people per lane) ⁠
To read to rules, click here

 

 


 

bratwurst

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 and you can enjoy freshly-made belgian waffles, bratwurst, kaesewurst and sauerkraut.

Thicc German Sausage

Hot Hut Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 10am - 4:30pm 

Saturday: 10am - 4:30am

Sunday: 10am - 3:30pm

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. 

 

Sweet Hut Opening Times

Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

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


 

Follow our event on social media for live updates about the German Market or search #germanmarketessex

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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. Dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. 

What are the German Market opening times?

Dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. 


The German market opening times are: 

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5:00pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm.

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

Hot Food Hut

Monday - Friday: 10am - 4:30pm 

Saturday: 10am - 4:30pm

Sunday: 10am - 3:30pm 

Sweet Food Hut 

Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm 

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

*Please note: Bratwurst Hut & Chocolate Hut will open on 21st September. 

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. 

 


Our Spring & Easter ranges have arrived
It’s #NationalNextBoxWeek
Meadow Croft Garden Centre held our annual quiz night on Friday and this year’s charity was Muscular Dystrophy.

Two of our casual staff, Leah and Daisy are running the London Marathon in April for this charity which is close to their hearts.

With all the fantastic support from staff, family and friends the girls managed to raise a whopping £2500 on the night, so a HUGE thank you to all.
Be a Greener Gardener
It's National Nest Box Week!
Our Half Term Mini Golf Offer is back!! ⛳️ ⁠

Children get a meal & fruit shoot at Meadow Croft Kitchen, then you can head to The 10th Hole for a sweet treat and a game of golf - ALL FOR JUST £10. ⁠

HOW TO REDEEM ⁠
1. Get seated at Meadow Croft Kitchen ⁠
2. When placing your food order, please let your server know you are ⁠ordering the mini golf meal deal. ⁠
3. Once you have finished & paid for your meal, your server will give you a receipt to take to The 10th Hole and redeem your game of golf & sweet treat⁠

Valid Mon 19th Feb - Fri 23rd Feb only ⁠

HAVE FUN! ⛳️
⭐️ We are Recruiting ⭐️⁠

Marketing Co-ordinator⁠
Fixed Term - Part-time 3 days per week⁠

We are currently recruiting for a part-time Marketing Co-ordinator. The main purpose of the role is to promote the garden centre, its product(s) and its services in line with Company ethos, objectives and business aims. This will include planning and developing marketing ideas and activities across the garden centre, including those on all social media platforms. Working closely with the management/events team to market all Company events, and support with the scheduling of such marketing to optimise engagement and develop the marketing strategy for the garden centre in line with Company objectives.⁠

Normal hours of work are 8.45am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday. This vacancy is a fixed term, maternity cover (with a possible extension) over 3 day per week.⁠

To apply, or for more information about the role, please visit www.meadow-croft.co.uk/careers or email recruitment@meadow-croft.co.uk. Applications must include a CV together with a covering letter, detailing why you feel you are the right candidate for the position, together with your availability. In line with GDPR and our Job Application Privacy Notice, please do not apply through Facebook or any other social media platform.
National Nest Box begins tomorrow!
⭐️ Would you like to join a family run business? ⭐️⁠

We're looking for a Sales Assistant (Plant Area)⁠
Permanent – Full-time.⁠

We are currently recruiting for a Sales Assistant to work in our Plants team as well as working within the German Market. The role will involve assisting customers and offering advice on products across the plant department and within the German Market. It will also include restocking product lines, assisting with the pricing of stock and deliveries, together with general cleaning and maintenance tasks, to ensure the highest standard of presentation across the garden centre. It is really important to us that the successful candidate fits in with our family run business ethos which is to always be professional yet friendly and welcoming.⁠

Normal hours of work are 8.45am – 5.00pm (with some flexibility needed). To include weekend work on a rota basis.⁠

To apply, or for more information about the role, please visit www.meadow-croft.co.uk/careers or email recruitment@meadow-croft.co.uk. Applications must include a CV together with a covering letter, detailing why you feel you are the right candidate for the position, together with your availability. In line with GDPR and our Job Application Privacy Notice, please do not apply through Facebook or any other social media platform.⁠

Please note that we will be interviewing as and when we receive suitable applications, so there is no set closing date for this position. Early applications are encouraged.⁠

#recruitment #familyrun #meadowcroftgardencentre⁠
Our 10th Hole is back open for the school holidays!
Don't forget it's the last day of #NationalNestBoxWeek

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