German Market & Christmas Fair
German Market is now OPEN and we are pleased to announce the Garden Centre will have late night openings every Thursday until 8pm with effect from Thursday 22nd October until Thursday 10th December.
Following its outstanding success in the last 5 years, our German Market promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2020, 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.
As well as the festive drinks, we have a wide range of mouth-watering German food on sale-bratwurst, sauerkraut, waffles and of course the ever intriguing Schokokusse - if you haven’t tried them you are missing out!
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The German market also hosts more than 30 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. All of our stalls are hand-made on site by Roland Smith and every year we go out to Germany to source products you would usually see in German Christmas markets to make your experience as authentic as possible.
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 even stollen advent calendars!
We hope you enjoy the German Market this year.
Daytime Opening Hours 2020
We are open NOW and we are pleased to announce the Garden Centre will have late night openings every Thursday until 8pm with effect from Thursday 22nd October until Thursday 10th December
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 daily and you can enjoy freshly-made belgian waffles, bratwurst, kaesewurst and sauerkraut.
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.
We also serve German bottled beers, our delicious homemade spiced apple drink and of course, gluhwein!
Frequently Asked Questions
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 entry.
Is the market undercover?
Yes, the market is held in our main greenhouse, where you can enjoy 26 stalls filled with Christmas gifts and foods whilst you enjoy a gluhwein, and there is also the rest of the garden centre to enjoy, including our beautiful Christmas department, fresh Christmas trees, our on-site restaurant and a mini-golf course too.
What are your opening times?
You can find our opening times listed just above our FAQ.
Do you accept card payments?
Yes, all goods, including those from the German Market stalls can be paid for at our main tills, with the exception of the hot food stall in the market, all food and drink purchased there can be paid for on the stall.
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.
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 coach parties?
We can accept mini bus and coach parties Monday to Friday, we are unable to accept parties of this nature on weekends. To enjoy the market at it's best, we advise visit lengths to be between 2 and 3 hours maximum. Please call 01245 320314 at least 48 hours before your arrival, so that we can arrange suitable parking. Call 01245 320314 (option 4) and ask for Victoria. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
**Please note, if coach parties are not pre-booked and we are not able to make suitable arrangements for large vehicles within our car park, you may be at risk of being unable to visit the market. Please pre-book your coach party in advance of travel to ensure suitable parking arrangments are available.**
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
For press related enquiries, please contact Victoria Griffiths, Marketing Manager.
In the News 2018
You can read an exclusive report from Essex Live about our German Market here
In the News 2017
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;
Some of these pictures have been reproduced with the kind permission of Essex Live