by Karen Quinn, Dec 12 2019
My love for the World of Wedgwood sees no sign of subsiding. If you’ve been reading for a while, we last visited in the summer for one of their Wedgwood experience days and had so much fun. So I was delighted when we were invited back to one of their Christmas Artisan market days.
Wedgwood Christmas Market
Home to over 50 artisan stalls located both indoor and out, the market sells pretty much every creative, artsy, original thing you could need. It’s a fantastic place to pick up those unique gifts which are often so hard to find. And is a great way to support the local community.
We browsed the stalls for ages, chatting to the friendly creators and sellers who were more than happy to answer any questions. Each stall was pretty unique, we found black pudding scotch eggs, vegan fudge and boozy rock sweets.
I was over the moon to get my Christmas cheese board sorted for way less than I would have spent in a supermarket and Piper couldn’t have been happier with her gingerbread fudge!
Make sure you bring plenty of cash, some sellers will accept card but not all and there are no cash machines at Wedgwood.
Food options at the market
If I have one recommendation for visiting the artisan markets at Wedgwood, it would be to arrive hungry. There were so many delicious looking food stalls, it was difficult to know where to start! We saw pizza, Thai, Pies and many sweet treats. In addition to that there’s the Wedgwood Dining Hall or Tea Rooms for a sit down meal.
We would have eaten so much more had we not been heading to the Best Western Moat House for Afternoon Tea straight after!
Other shopping options at Wedgwood
You don’t have to be a high end ceramics lover to enjoy a day out at Wedgwood but if you are, you’ll want to bring an extra bag to stock up on their great value pottery. The Wedgwood Store is the largest of it’s type in the World selling all the latest Wedgwood designs. They’re all creatively displayed to inspire your next table setting and you’ll often spot the latest collaborations with famous designers before they are widely available.
For bargain lovers, head to the Wedgwood outlet store where you’ll find more beautiful pieces with HUGE discounts. The outlet store sells pieces from Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Royal Albert, many are end of line or exclusives.
Family friendly entertainment at Wedgwood’s artisan market
Wedgwood is passionate about supporting local artisans, independent businesses and entertainers so you’ll find fantastic live music performed by local artists at the markets. Piper had a good old boogie in the sunshine, live music always creates such a great atmosphere.
During the market Wedgwood’s pottery museum is free to enter. They have a really cool kids trail to follow and it’s fascinating to learn about the origins of this pottery empire. Kids will even get a prize at the end of the trail. The art deco pieces are not to be missed!
The World of Wedgwood is located next to Hem Heath woods. The perfect place for a brisk wintry walk to blow the cobwebs away.
Wedgwood Tea Emporium
I can’t resist a trip to the Tea Rooms during a visit to Wedgwood. It’s just so pretty. To warm up after our wander round the outdoor stalls we ordered tea off their huge menu. The Tea room offers over 20 different blends so it can take a while to choose. We stuck to our old favourites, English Breakfast for Piper (standard!) and a refreshing Earl Grey for me.
Service as always was super quick and friendly and our tea arrived in huge pots with a freshly made short bread biscuit on the side. Tea is served in stunning Wedgwood china which somehow manages to make it taste even better!
Piper always feels very grown up when we actually go out for tea and we took at least 45 mins over our cups – I think we squeezed three servings each out of the pot.
World of Wedgwood Christmas Decorations
I remember thinking Wedgwood was beautifully decorated during our last visit but it really ups its game at Christmas. Everywhere you look are perfectly decorated trees, festive flower displays and Instagram worthy photo spots. The main reception display which you may remember from my previous post on Wedgwood, has been given a wintry makeover with snow topped greenery and Christmas wreaths. I think it really is my favourite place in Staffordshire for Christmas photography.
Parking for the Wedgwood Artisan Markets
Parking is a little different than if you visit on a normal day. They obviously expect a lot more people to visit and have plenty more spaces to accommodate. Head towards the main World of Wedgwood and once you enter the Estate, just follow the signs to the parking for the market. Once we arrived into the car park there was a helpful member of staff to direct us where to go. It took us under ten minutes to walk around to the market.
Facilities at the World of Wedgwood Market
The main buildings remain open during market days so there are plenty of clean and warm toilets to use. Although you can purchase food and drink from the market stalls, if you want to sit down inside, as mentioned, there are plenty of places to eat.
When’s the next Artisan market at Wedgwood
Wedgwood holds artisan markets on the second Sunday of every month between February and December. They are open between 10am and 4pm. Keep up to date with up coming events by checking the Wedgwood website
How much does it cost to visit Wedgwood’s markets
It’s absolutely free! Parking, exploring the stalls, music, woods, entry to the museum and Wedgwood stores all free. Making it an amazing value day out for the whole family in Staffordshire.
So another fabulous day at the World of Wedgwood. Don’t tell, but I managed to tick off most of my pressie list for this Christmas including afternoon tea for my Mum. It’s not all about the pottery at Wedgwood.
If you love independent markets as much as I do then check out my review of the Christmas market at Middleport Pottery. Or for some more fantastically festive ideas in Staffordshire, have a look at this list of the best Christmas events, Stoke on Trent.
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We were invited to The World of Wedgwood Artisan Christmas Markets as part of my role supporting #mystokestory, an initiative to highlight the many amazing cultural activities Stoke has to offer. All opinions are, as always, my own. I am proud to be an official ambassador of this wonderful campaign, and am really enjoying all the wonderful activities Stoke has to offer. If you’re looking for more fantastic ideas, events and things to do in Stoke make sure you take a look at the Visit Stoke website for inspiration. Be sure to use the hashtag #mystokestory to share all your own days out in Stoke on Trent.
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