A guide to Christmas Shopping in Bishop’s Stortford

General

Christmas Shopping in Bishop’s Stortford is highly recommended. With excellent transport links, a wide range of shops, as well as a pedestrianised precinct, shopping in Bishop’s Stortford makes for a pleasurable experience, for both young and old.

The main shopping areas in Bishop’s Stortford are Jackson Square, which is a dedicated shopping centre, and the main High street which stretches through the spine of the town. Both are perfect for your Christmas shopping needs and will be beautifully decorated again this year for the local people to enjoy.

Jackson Square Shopping Centre: Situated at the top of the High street opposite Market Square, Jackson Square offers more than shopping with toilets, baby change facilities, cafés, restaurants, and a multi-storey car park with easy access. Shops include Argos, Bon Marche, GAME, New Look, Next, Peacocks, Superdrug, The body Shop, Sainsburys, Thorntons, Wilkinson and many more.

High Street: With its stunning Christmas lights display, the High street will once again be the centre of the town’s festive celebrations. With such famous brand names such as Marks & Spencer, WH Smith’s, Halfords, Boots & Tesco, along with scores of other shops, the High street in Bishop’s Stortford is a great place for shopping this Christmas time. However, be warned that at peak times it does become busy, especially when coinciding with the market which stretches along most of its length.

Market: A market has been held in the town for over 750 years. Located in Market Square, opposite Jackson Square Shopping Centre, and along the town’s main street, there are currently around 40 stalls, selling a wide range of goods from fresh bread and meat, to mobile phone covers and antiques.

The market is held on a Thursday and Saturday throughout the year and is always popular with the locals.

You will also find the town’s Christmas Tree as the centrepiece of Market Square, and is the gathering place for Christmas Carols and the local Isabel Hospice ‘Light up a Life’.

Christmas Shopping in Bishop’s Stortford with a Difference!: If you are looking for a different Christmas shopping experience, or are fed up with the hustle and bustle of the High street, why not visit one of the fantastic Christmas fairs, bazaars, or markets which the town has to offer?

For example, Coopers of Stortford, located in the centre of the town, have a Christmas Fair on 3rd & 4th December in aid of Isabel Hospice, including cooking demonstrations, raffles, competitions and refreshments.

Or why not pop along to one of your area’s school or charity Christmas Fayres, where you can sample a relaxed shopping atmosphere, and more often than not, get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy a glass of mulled wine along with a mince pie?

With a wide range of gifts from which to choose you’re bound to find that perfect Christmas gift at one of the dozens of Christmas events in Bishop’s Stortford.

To find out more about the town’s Christmas Shopping Events, please see our comprehensive list Christmas Fairs, Markets, Bazaars & Late night Shopping.

Christmas Events: Whilst visiting Bishop’s Stortford, why not take the chance to enjoy other festive activities which the town has to offer?

A traditional favourite is the Pantomime at Rhodes from 10th December 2010 to 1st January 2011. This year’s show is Jack and the Beanstalk, which as always, will be a great treat for all ages.

Or why not coincide your shopping trip with, for example, the Crafty Christmas workshop for Kids, taking place at the Charis Centre in early December?

To find out more about other Christmas events in the town, please see our Christmas listings.

Car Parking. Whilst there are good bus and rail links to Bishop’s Stortford, by far the most popular form of transport, especially for Christmas shopping, is the car. Fortunately, the town caters for the motorist extremely well and provides over 1, 500 spaces spread throughout the town, with the two main car parks located at Jackson Square Shopping Centre and the Causeway.

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