German Market & Christmas Fair

 

Thursday 14th September* to Saturday 23rd December 2023

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 9th 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.
 
Head outside to The 10th Hole to start your game!⁠
Open 7 days a week from 21st Oct - 31st Dec:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm & Sunday 10am - 3pm
 
⁠£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!


Live Music Weekend

The Meadow Croft German Market hosts a Live Music Weekend! ⁠
 
Saturday 16th December featuring the D'Ukes⁠
Sunday 17th December featuring Brad Luff⁠ ⁠
 
Get into the festive spirit by bringing friends and family to enjoy an afternoon at the German Market whilst the D’Ukes & Brad Luff play live!⁠ ⁠
 
Discover our German Market stalls adorned with handpicked, high-quality artisan products including carved wooden decorations, delicate glassware and baubles, traditional cuckoo clocks and Scandinavian gonks whilst the smells of Bratwurst, Apple Strudel and Glühwein waft through.⁠ ⁠ At the heart of the Christmas Market, we will be serving lots of mouth-watering, specialist German festive foods such as Frankfurter, Sauerkraut and sweet treats that the whole family can enjoy.⁠ ⁠
 
Free Entry - Just come along! ⁠

 

 


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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 – 5:00pm

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. 

 


Come and choose your festive wreath this weekend!⁠
Handmade on our nursery
Simon, our garden centre manager, advises on the best gardening jobs for December
We have some beautiful table decorations in our Houseplant Department, all perfect for your Christmas table displays
What are you up to this weekend? ⁠
Visit us and pick your Christmas Tree!
❤️ Christmas Poinsettias are now in stock! ❤️⁠

£7.99 each ⁠
Available in our Houseplant Department. ⁠

Tips to a great Poinsettia⁠

❤️Only buy a plant that has not been exposed to draughts as this can cause the leaves to drop suddenly. ⁠

❤️Keep the plant wrapped for the journey home to protect it from the cold. ⁠

❤️Do not overwater or let the plant dry out. Consistent watering is the key to a healthy plant, using tepid water if possible. If the leaves turn yellow or fall off it is incorrectly watered. Only water when the plant is noticeably dry, lift the plant up and if it feels light it needs watering. Watering can be done from the top of the pot or by standing the pot in water for half an hour and then allowing to drain freely.⁠

❤️Poinsettias need warmth and light but must be kept away from draughts including open windows, fireplaces, open doorways etc. ⁠
Temperatures between 15-22 degrees are ideal and preferably placed in a light spot.⁠

#poinsettia #meadowcroftgardencentre #houseplants #festivehouseplants
We stock the very best Nordmann Needle Retentive Christmas Trees!⁠

Come along and hand pick your tree. All trees are unwrapped so you can see the shape and height of each tree.
Santa's Snug ❤️ ⁠

Featuring rich red, gold and green jewel tones, this colour scheme adds an instant Christmas elegance to your home. ⁠

We also have our real Christmas Trees now in stock - come and choose your tree and decorations all in one place!⁠

#meadowcroftgardencentre #christmasdisplays
We only have 6 German Market evenings left!
We’re open tonight, tomorrow (30th) and Friday (1st) until 8pm!

Our final evenings are on the 6th, 7th & 8th December until 8pm.

Browse the German Market stalls
Our final German Market Late Nights are this week! ⁠

We're open until 8pm this evening, Thursday and Friday. ⁠

Come along with friends and family to enjoy a late night shopping experience, as well as German Sausages, Beer or Gluhwein!
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How to care for your Christmas Tree
The Meadow Croft German Market hosts a Live Music Weekend! ⁠

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