German Market & Christmas Fair

Thursday 16th September to Thursday 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 daily 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.

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 during these times.

What are your opening times?
Our opening times Mar – Dec are Monday – Saturday 9am – 5:30pm & Sunday 10am – 4pm.

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 min-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 during the week or at weekends. You only need a ticket for our late night openings on 4th November & 25th November. 


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 (Opening Spring 2022), 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 10th Hole is not just for families and children...⁠

You can come for a bit of afternoon garden centre shopping, grab yourself a sweet treat, glass of prosecco and a beer, and have a nice relaxed drink sat in the sun ☀️????⁠

Fancy mini golf for two followed by a nice cold Crouch Vale Beer, and a glass of Prosecco for the bargain price of £10? ⁠

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Comes in many varieties, sizes and shapes. Very easy to look after if in good quality soil. ⁠

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???? Croton ????⁠

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Keep the soil moist at all times from spring to autumn. Use tepid water and make sure any excess has drained away. Water less in winter, allowing the top few centimetres of compost to dry out between watering.⁠

Mist the leaves daily with tepid water.⁠

Feed every two weeks with a balanced house plant fertiliser.⁠

Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust.⁠

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Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily) ????⁠

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They look fantastic in a sunny border amongst other perennials and shrubs, especially roses. Also ideal for growing in pots. ⁠

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Once flowers have faded, rather than just cutting off the dead head, remove the whole stem by gently pulling it from the base of the clump – this stimulates new growth. ⁠

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Tickets are going fast! ⁠

Come along to our Rodeo Roundup Breakfast with this well-known Cowboy & Cowgirl ????⁠

Tuesday 31st May ⁠
9am - 10am ⁠

Each child will get breakfast, a drink and our Cowboy & Cowgirl will walk around to meet and greet each table. You'll have a morning full of memories and lots of photo opportunities. ????⁠

£12 per child.⁠

Tickets must be pre-booked.⁠

Adults go free and are welcome to order their own breakfast on the day! Maximum of 2 adults per booking. ⁠

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???????? OUTDOOR LIVING JUBILEE BONANZA ????????⁠

We're holding a Jubilee Bonanza 25% off event across our Outdoor Living Department!*⁠

You'll be able to get 25% off selected ranges* ⁠
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⭐Fire Pits⁠ & Chimineas⁠
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*whilst stocks last⁠

Friday 20th May - Sunday 5th June Only ⁠

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Pick up some Fabulous Farmhouse Pickle, Classy Caramelised Onion Chutney or perhaps something sweet might take your fancy - Lush Lemon Curd, British Strawberry Jam and Marvellous Orange Marmalade. ⁠

Have tea with the Queen with our Luxury Tea Collection from the English Tea Shop or have the Best of British Elderflower Cordial. ⁠

Why not pick up some collectable memorabilia by Alison Gardiner? She has created an illustrated fine bone china mug to commemorate the day. Only 5000 are being sold worldwide, so it makes the perfect royal souvenir! ⁠

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???? Clematis - The Queen of Climbers ????⁠

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For those will little garden space, clematis provide a good way of maximising what is available and still bringing colour! ⁠

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Press Day at the Chelsea Flower Show! ????????⁠

Pictured is a stand in memory of our dear friend Peter Seabrook.⁠

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