There are so many cosy Christmas markets around the UK and some of the best have a Victorian theme with carols, plenty of atmosphere and music from the old days. The old-fashioned atmosphere is enhanced by Victorians with sooty faces and worn out shoes: Street Boys with mischief on their minds; toothless men and women roasting chestnuts and singing carols with high false voices, elusive pickpockets and sly merchants peddling their goods as best they can.
At the other end of the Victorian scale, we see finely dressed ladies with button boots and muffs, talking to one another, and gentlemen in waistcoats and hats, promenading and maybe gets a little drink. Or even two.
Costumed traders man the many stalls, and the air is filled with Christmas scents. Local artists are selling their handicrafts; there are gift stalls, florists, plenty of yummy tastings and goodies to take home, and there are performances, brass band and choir singing.
The beautiful historic port of Gloucester was the setting for this Christmas market, and the background of old warehouses, charming narrow boats and beautiful old ships could not have been better…
Text and photos: © Mia Folkmann