WINCHESTER'S famous Christmas market started on November 18 with a wide variety of stalls and hundreds of people around the cathedral grounds.

On the first morning of the event, in the Inner Close, lots of people were looking around at the large number of products on offer.

The wide range of stalls include food, drink, jewellery, crafts and art work.

The ice rink is not part of the market again this year with the performance stage returning.

Hugh Anderson was at the market with Downton Distillery. Earlier this year, Hugh helped The Grand Tour presenter James May created a gin of his own called Asian Parsnip. 

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Hugh said: “It's fantastic to be back here. It's Christmas!”

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Matt Hall, from The Cheese Wedge Company, said: “We have been trying for four years to get a stall at the market and we have finally got here. Come on down a try our cheese. We have a sprouts and bacon cheese which is a Christmas edition and very unusual.”

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Rebecca Woodhead, from the charity Mountbatten Hampshire, said: “We used to be Countess Mountbatten Hampshire. We're here today to raise some awareness, let people know we're here, raise a bit of money and have fun with it. We've done around three years at the market. It has been really lovely.“

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Sally Jenkins, from Flapjackery, said: “This is the first time we have been at the market since before Covid. We're off to a grand start this morning and the sun is shining which makes it all the better.”

The Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market will be open daily until December 22.