Bournemouth Celebrates a Quirky Alternative to the Traditional Christmas Market

Over 12,000 people turned out for Metropole Market’s steampunk-themed Alternative Christmas Fayre ahead of their final Christmas Candy Land event on 17th December 2017.

Welcoming over 12,000 people, the third instalment of the Bournemouth Metropole Market, funded by Bournemouth Town Centre BID, provided Bournemouth with a fascinating glimpse into the world of Steampunk culture. With an ‘Alternative Christmas’ theme, the event featured a variety of flamboyant Victorian costumes and futuristic steam-powered technology.

Taking over Lansdowne with a weird and wonderful spectacle, the Alternative Christmas Fayre included Steampunk inspired outfits and entertainment. This ranged from favourites such as Street Comedy to JunNK, an award-winning percussion act, and the steampunk band Sweetchunks. A fantastic range of trade stalls also sold a wide array of vintage clothing, handmade items, home décor and crafted goods. Buzzing crowds were satiated with delicious food & drink, freshly baked goods and international cuisine, in addition to gluten-free and vegan food. 

Paul Kinvig, Chief Operating Officer, Bournemouth Town Centre BID, said:

“Metropole Market has brought something entirely new to Bournemouth with their last three markets. We are pleased to have supported these events and help attract thousands of visitors to Lansdowne.”

Following close on its heels, Metropole Market’s grand finale for the year will be a Christmas Candy Land themed market on Sunday 17th December. The event will feature an abundance of trade stalls offering food, drink, and plenty of Christmas gift ideas for visitors to sink their teeth into. There will also be musical morsels featuring outstanding local acts and entertainment.

Lyn Turnbull, Co-organiser of Metropole Market and Co-Owner of Mexigo Burrito Bar, said:

“I am delighted by the success of our Alternative Christmas Fayre and thank everyone who dressed up in their Steampunk gear for the occasion. Our next event will be deliciously delightful as Christmas Candyland comes to Bournemouth on Sunday 17th December.”

Supported by the Town Centre BID, the market is situated on Holdenhurst Road between Lansdowne Roundabout and St Paul’s Roundabout. The road is closed to traffic on market days.

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